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Artist of the moment……David Kapp

David Kapp is known for his wonderful paintings of the city. Kapp was born in 1953. He went on to study at the Windham College in Putney, Vermont earning a bachelors degree in art. For his master’s degree the artist attended Queen’s College in New York city.

In this clip we see our beloved art critic friend James Kahn visit a gallery show. The part of the clip featuring Kapp starts around 4:33 into the clip.

A link to David Kapp’s own website:

Interview with David Kapp.

If you enjoy this artist please check out some other artists who paint wonderful scenes from a bird’s eye view such as Raphealla Spence.  Spence hires a helicopter to fly her above the cities she would like to paint. The artist has  produced some outstanding views of New York city and Venice, Italy. She is highly realistic and puts much detail in her art. Below is great example of her overhead view of Las Vegas. The neon lights are painted at the time of the sunset making for spectacular colors reflected everywhere in the scene.

A link to Raphaella Spence’s own website:


Another artist working by this method of riding in a helicopter first and then he paints from it immediately is Stephen Wiltshire. This artist is amazing as he is autistic and paints from his memory of going above certain cities. The artist is British and had done many  fantastic paintings of London, England. Below is an example of Wiltshire’s style of art.

A link to Wiltshire’s own website:

This lovely drawing of Rome was done after the artist flew over the city for 45 minutes. He returned to earth and made this wonderful panoramic drawing from memory! It measures 7 yards in length!


Kapp also does a wonderful job capturing the color of reflected lights. Similar to Mark Lague. Lague paints the urban scene and has done a great deal of work at nighttime. If you look closely at his taxi cabs and other vehicles you can see the fun he has by taking a red or blue light and reflecting it off many surfaces.  Lague paints differently than most artists finishing one small section of his painting entirely before moving onto the next section. Below is an example of Lague’s cityscape.


Prince range information on David Kapp: None available. He works mainly with oils on linen and paints very large with many works that have small sides measuring 60 inches or longer. He works with both oils and oilstick on linen.

Next time you have the chance to snap some pictures or even remember what you saw when you were above the clouds, take some inspiration from these artists and make an awesome work of art.