Meet the artist in this short film, which will be available in 2022. Inspired by pop culture, TV, and the urban landscape, a self-taught artist discovers a hidden talent for painting in his 40’s. 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?
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.