David Dornan


David Dornan lives in the small, high-desert town of Helper, Utah. After receiving a B.F.A from the University of Utah (Salt Lake City) and an M.F.A. from Arizona State University (Tempe), Dornan taught drawing and painting at the University of Utah from 1982 to 1999 before leaving his faculty position to pursue a full-time painting career. He has been exhibiting nationally for nearly 30 years, and his work is in numerous public and private collections throughout the country.

Best known for his portrayal of commonplace objects that are often overlooked, Dornan paints from his imagination, where total chaos and absolute control balance abstraction and realism. Passion and process — rather than reason, issue, or product — drive his work, as he continually seeks to express the beauty of light and color. As sole subjects or elements in a complex composition, his still life motifs take on monumental qualities through scale and placement.

Dornan’s career is also distinguished by a desire and excitement to share his decades of skill and knowledge. Over the past 25 years, he has created a growing art enclave in Helper, Utah, helping to launch the professional careers of many emerging artists who have sought his knowledge through Helper Art Workshops and its residencies. 

Dornan is represented by CODA Gallery (Palm Desert, CA), Meyer Gallery (Santa Fe), and Trove Gallery (Park City, UT).