On and Off the Ward: David Byrd Paints The Montrose V.A.
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 9
11 PM — 2 PM
On and Off the Ward: David Byrd Paints the Montrose V.A. is the defining body of work from the artist David Byrd's 30 years (1958--1988) as an orderly in the psychiatric ward at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Montrose, New York, as well as his daily commute from the Peekskill, Montrose, and Cold Springs area. The exhibit is Stop 8 of David Byrd: 10 Stops, a scenic NY gallery road trip (including Brooklyn, Peekskill, West Point, Frankin, Delhi, and Sidney Center) with a final stop in Seattle, WA.
David Byrd (1926-2013) was born in Springfield, Ill, a child of the Great Depression, one of five children of a single, impoverished mother and a father who killed himself when David was a young boy. Mental illness coursed through his family. At the age of 16, he escaped to Brooklyn, NY. After serving in World War II, David attended the Ozenfant School of Fine Art in NYC on the G.I. Bill. For 30 years, Byrd balanced painting alongside a career at the Veteran’s Administration Medical Hospital in Montrose, NY where, as an orderly, he cared for psychiatric patients. In 1988, Byrd retired from the V.A., bought land in Sidney Center, NY, and began building his home and studio, stone by stone. In near isolation, he was finally free to paint. At the age of 87, he saw his first exhibition . When Byrd died, his home contained almost every work of art he ever created.
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