UNION, NJ – A new exhibit, “Bubble Wars”, opened at the Les Malamut Art Gallery on Saturday, featuring the work of artist Donald David.

“Bubble Wars” is a series of ten oil paintings, said David, who lives in Scotch Plains.  He said it took about a year-and-a half to two years to complete the series and that the inspiration “occurred in all places in my bathroom.”  David said, “one morning, the light was incredible streaming in, hitting the water, hitting the bubbles.  It was beautiful, and I decided to incorporate some toys into the paintings because I wanted something fun and whimsical.”  His paintings also focus on American icons, "capturing the essence of a bygone culture and the lives that have graced it."

David, who suffers from neuropathy of the upper and lower extremities, said, “playing guitar and painting keeps me going.  It’s what I love.”  He is a retired occupational therapist and attended art school in Boston.  His paintings have been exhibited in galleries throughout the east coast and is in numerous private and corporate collections throughout the United States, including in the private collection of comedian Jay Leno.

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“I really appreciate the characters in the paintings,” said Union Mayor Michele Delisfort.  “It really is great for all ages.”

“It’s amazing,” said museum curator Leslie Jenkins.  “In fact, I have two painting classes at the high school and I’m going to require them to come to the show and talk about the art.”

David’s exhibit will be at the Les Malamut Art Gallery until October 31.  The art gallery is located in the lower level of the Union Public Library, 1980 Morris Avenue.