case western reserve university



September 07, 2010

David Menke - artist


Artist, David Menke, draws portraits. He uses a graphite pencil as his medium. He controls the subtle variations from light to dark to create texture and form in each portrait. The composition fits perfectly on a 18 x 24 inch piece of paper. Intentionally, the artist leaves part of the persons fore head off; this technique establishes the tension in his work. The subjects eyes are the focal point of each portrait. The eyes capture the individual’s personality and their intensity.

Menke explains his relationship to each person portrayed as: “Depicted in a unique and collaborative relationship between the artist and many inspiring people in his life. Each of these people…is equipped with their own emotional poise, degree of sensitivity and spirituality…at one time or another, (each person has) shared a part of the poise, sensitivity, and spirituality with the artist…”

David’s portraits are on display at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, on the first floor. His work will be up until October 11, 2010. Also on the walls are his “family portraits” which are also done in pencil and are stylized characteratures. View his portraits when the School is open. If you have further questions, please contact June Hund. or 216-368-0722.