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 40's, 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 with his mother and his dog Abby.
MidCoast Film Fest, Damariscotta, ME
June 23-24, 2023
GlobeDocs Film Festival, Boston MA
Sunday, October 16, 2022 at the Brattle Theater in Cambridge.
Tickets available at https://globedocsfilmfestival2022.splashthat.com/
Newburyport Documentary Film Festival, Newburyport, MA
Saturday September 17, 2022 and virtually week of September 19.
Tickets available at https://www.nbptdocufest.org/
*WINNER - SPECIAL JURY AWARD
Massachusetts State House
Virtual screening for Lead Poisoning Awareness Week 2022
Sponsored by the office of Representative Adrian Madaro
EastBoston.com 8/30/22 "A must-see on September 17: A film about East Boston artist David Riley"
EastBoston.com 10/5/22 "The Beautiful Worlds of David Riley" to screen at GlobeDocs Film Festival 2022"