David Jester

David Jester has dedicated the last four years of his career to creating vibrant images of young men, depicted in the nude and submerged in swimming pools.

David Jester exhibition

"Pools isolate the body from noise, movement, and even gravity."

The images within a swimming pool have their own rules of time, space, and color.

David Jester graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Virginia Commonwealth University in 1996 and completed his graduate studies at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ in the same year. Although his degrees are in sculpture, for the past four years he has been working on a series of paintings that explore queer identity. As he recalls, he enjoyed swimming while growing up, but what drew him to pools was the way they isolate the bodies from sound, movement, and even gravity, creating a group of people that become their own community, even for a moment in time, in another “world” with its own rules of time, space, and color. This is how Jester sees the gay community: separate, but at the same time part of a larger world.

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