Inspired by pop culture, TV, and the urban landscape, a self-taught artist discovers a hidden talent for painting in his 40s. David Riley was exposed to high levels of lead as a child, which continues to impact his mental and physical health – but does his disability also fuel his creativity – and can his art help him to heal? (2021, 15 min.)
"Everyone has an imagination. Imagination is a human emotion. You'll find that imagination is based on human feeling."
- David Riley
When David Riley took up painting as a new hobby his 40s, no one anticipated that so many bright, colorful canvasses would emerge so quickly from his modest living room studio.
Riley's paintings explode with energy and color, drawing the viewer into his vividly rendered, detailed worlds that depict environments both real and imagined.
David Riley is self-taught and hopes some day to earn a living from his artwork. The artist lives in East Boston, Massachusetts.
November 18 & 19, 2023 from 11a - 4pm at the ICA Watershed
Free public event featuring work from 40 East Boston artists,
David's art will be on view and the film will be screened throughout the weekend.
MidCoast Film Fest, Damariscotta, ME
June 24, 2023 at 6:00pm at the Lincoln Theater
East Boston Public Library, Boston MA
April 20, 2023 at 6:30pm - free community screening
GlobeDocs Film Festival, Boston MA
October 16, 2022 at the Brattle Theater in Cambridge
Massachusetts State House, Boston, MA
October 2022 - Virtual screening & discussion for Lead Poisoning Awareness Week
Sponsored by the office of State Representative Adrian Madaro
Newburyport Documentary Film Festival, Newburyport, MA
September 17, 2022 and virtually week of September 19
*WINNER - SPECIAL JURY AWARD