Shrobe creates multi-layered portraits and assemblage paintings made in part from everyday materials that he finds in multiple geographies. He disassembles furniture, especially from his familial home in Harlem, separating wood from fabric and recombines them as supports for collage, painting, and drawing. Through these various modes of production, his work brings notions of identity, history, and memory into question while challenging conventions of classical portraiture. Shrobe produces new narratives, fragmented and nonlinear, that feel intimate and personal without being anchored to a specific time or place.
David Shrobe (b. 1974, Harlem, NY) lives and works in New York, NY. Shrobe holds an MFA (2013) and BFA (2009) in painting from Hunter College. He is an alumnus of the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture (2014) and was a Joan Mitchell Artist Teaching Fellow. Shrobe’s work is currently on view in The Slipstream: Reflection, Resilience, and Resistance in the Art of Our Time at the Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY. His work was included in group exhibitions at CFHILL Art Space, Stockholm, Sweden; Jeffrey Deitch Gallery, Los Angeles, CA and New York; Mandeville Gallery at Union College, Schenectady, NY; the Bronx Museum, Bronx, NY; and the Studio Museum in Harlem, New York. Shrobe’s work is held in the Permanent Collections of The Brooklyn Museum, New York; The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York; The Block Museum at Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois; Union College, Schenectady, New York; Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art at the University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon; NSU Art Museum, Fort Lauderdale; The University of Arizona Museum of Art; University of Chicago, Booth School of Business Collection; and Pierce & Hill Harper Arts Foundation, Detroit.