In addition to being a talented and ambitious painter, David Rathman (b. 1958) is a storyteller. His imagery has a complex, sometimes melancholic, narrative that borders on cinematic and his work references the longstanding painting tradition practiced by James Abbott McNeill Whistler, Andrew Wyeth, and Edward Hopper.
David Rathman lives and works in Minneapolis. A graduate of the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, he was the recipient of a Bush Foundation fellowship in 1992, McKnight Foundation Fellowships in 1993 and 2000, and a Minnesota Book Award in 2000. He has been the subject of numerous solo exhibitions throughout the United States and his work is in the permanent collections of the Art Institute of Chicago, J. Paul Getty Museum, Minneapolis Institute of Art, New Museum of Contemporary Art, Walker Art Center, and the Whitney Museum of American Art, amongst others.