D’Youville Receives Artwork Donation from Canadian Artist/Chiropractor And His Wife
A generous donation of four large, framed works to the Department by Canadian artists David Drum and his wife Barbara Vance was made through the facilitation of Dr. John A. Taylor, professor and coordinator of Diagnostic Imaging in the Department.
Plans call for the attractive abstracts to hang in the hallway area outside the entrance to the Chiropractic Department on the fourth floor of BFAC.
Drum, a retired chiropractor and internationally known artist has 50 years’ experience and whose works are in many corporate and private collections. His father taught him how to use oil paints and in 1961 he won the Canadian National Exhibition mural competition at age 17.
He was enrolled in the anatomy and human dissection courses at Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College leading him to a 12 year career as a medical illustrator and to a 40-year career as a doctor of chiropractic.
He spent ten years in Manhattan creating large format landscapes and a series of abstract expressionist canvases before returning to Toronto to open a gallery in Cabbagetown, a neighborhood on the east side of downtown Toronto. Working in oils, he studied impressionistic techniques and was greatly influenced by the wok of Claude Monet.
Drum exhibited annually with the National Ballet in the O’Keefe Centre for the Performing Arts and provided paintings for many American and Canadian feature films.
Before picking up a paint brush, Barbara Vance was educated in nursing science and for most of her career; she worked in cancer research in a clinical trial setting.
Art came into her life upon meeting David and her world was then dominated by art experiences.
She picked up a brush, and having no restrictions with the use of color and fear of expression, she developed a personal style featuring a daring use of color and a freshness that appeals to young and old. “Her paintings make people happy.”
Her early work was oil on board or canvas and was influenced by the Fauvists, Vlaminck and Derain as well as other French Impressionists.
Both artists are currently creating “reverse glass” abstracts. They work on the large glass installation pieces together at the same time and then Barbara promptly custom frames them.
The artists provided the gift because “We love Buffalo and D’Youville College and consider ourselves neighbors,” they said.
After many years decorating the walls of the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College with energetic and colorful paintings, and after David’s lecture at D’Youville last year, the artist decided to fill the noticeable bare walls of the chiropractic facility in the same spirit as their donations to the Canadian college.
“We only hope the spirit and energy that so impressed us in the faculty and student body is reflected in our paintings.”
David was one of Dr. Taylor’s former professors at CMCC and was a huge influence on his career as a chiropractor and educator. “David is a talented, eclectic and creative individual, Dr. Taylor said. “He was a successful chiropractor with a specialty in treating dancers which led to a long tenure as the chiropractor for the National Ballet of Canada.”
Dr. Drum was instrumental in the early scientific investigation into chiropractic resulting in many scholarly presentations, article and manuscripts.
They work out of their home-studio-gallery, “Le Bateau Gallery of Fine Art” in Crystal Beach, Canada.
Dr. John A. Taylor
Phone: 716-548-6343 or firstname.lastname@example.org