Artist Biography

David Slader is an Oregon painter, digital artist, sculptor, and photographer. His youthful art ambitions were detoured by an almost forty-year career as a litigator, child-advocate, and attorney for survivors of sexual abuse. Those experiences are reflected in David’s art in a distinctive visual blend of vibrant energy, thoughtful reflection and playfulness.

Originally from Chicago—and still a passionate Cubs fan—David and his wife, Barbara, live in Portland’s historic Irvington neighborhood. His studio is in the Coast Range foothills, along an oxbow of the Upper Nehalem River where a run of Fall Chinook salmon spawn outside his studio door.

David has been represented by Gallery 903 and Gallery 114. He has exhibited at the Ford Gallery, the Arlene Schnitzer concert hall, The Armory, Alexander Gallery and Portland Center Stage. (Visit Shows)

His work has been reviewed by Oregon Arts Watch and featured in Artslandia Magazine, Willamette Week, Street Roots, Oregon Jewish Life and The Oregon State Bar Bulletin. David has been interviewed about his art on Oregon Public Broadcasting’s Think Out Loud and KBOO’s Art Focus. (Visit Press)

David is an advocate for, and collector of, Raw Art by prison inmates and artists with distinctive cognitive and intellectual perspectives.

Contact David to to inquire about available works or exhibit opportunities—or to exchange thoughts about art, life or his beloved river.

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David Slader, artist