Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, David Fertig currently lives and works in New Jersey. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Philadelphia College
of Art, Pennsylvania, and his Master of Fine Arts degree from the Art Institute of Chicago, Illinois. His work has been exhibited nationally since 1977.
Fertig explores the history of the Napoleonic Wars and the War of 1812 through painterly portraits, landscapes, seascapes, and history paintings. His energetic
handling of paint brings a decidedly contemporary flair to his nineteenth century subject matter. Rarely using brushes, he prefers a palette knife and pieces of mat
board as tools. Forms seemingly emerge from a few swift gestures and pictoral clarity is maintained, although he works with closely valued scumbles of color.
Fertig’s painting combines monumentality with a sense of immediacy.