David Wells Roth
About the artist
David Wells Roth
“Painting for me is a lifelong effort to resolve form and content that reflects how I feel about the world around me.”
Born in Florida and grew up in Massachusetts. David Wells Roth is an American fine artist who paints representationally. His career took many roads to arrive to where it is today. It is simplified as follows:
NEW YORK CITY – 1979-1982
After earning a BFA in painting at Boston University, he lived in and explored New York City for several years and painted cityscapes of its neighborhoods and people. He met a French family there who invited him to barter one of his paintings for a four-month stay in Fontaine de Vaucluse near Avignon, a historic city on the Rhone River in southern France. Later another family member offered to trade an apartment for his paintings for an apartment in a small suburb of Paris, an arrangement which lasted for the next 15 years.
FRANCE – 1982-1997
During that time he painted European life and landscapes throughout France and Italy exhibiting his paintings in numerous group and solo exhibitions in Paris and Boston, including shows in the Grand Palais in Paris and the French Library in Boston (now the French Culture Center). At the only painting exhibit in the landmark Parisian tea salon, ‘Angelina’s’, his painting of the historic salon's interior was placed on the cover of their menu for the following five years.
UNION OYSTER HOUSE RESTAURANT – 1995-1997
In the mid 1990s, while still living in Paris, he was commissioned by America’s oldest restaurant and Boston landmark, the historic Union Oyster House, to create a series of paintings now hanging in their Heritage Room. These paintings depict the life of Revolutionary War printer and publisher Isaiah Thomas and chronicle his involvement in the dawn of the American Revolution. Included as well are portraits of statesman Daniel Webster.
FEDERAL COURT JUDGES – 2006- present
Upon returning to the United States, Roth was commissioned by the United States federal court to paint the official portrait of Boston federal judge, Hon. Richard G. Stearns. Following that work, he was awarded a historic, ongoing commission to paint all the judicial portraits, past and present, of the United States federal court judges of the district of Puerto Rico, totaling 35 portraits to date. These paintings hang in the main atrium hall of the federal court building located in the Hato Rey district of San Juan.
The artist now resides in the Boston area and continues to create striking city scenes, portraits, landscapes and seascapes of New England. His paintings of his travels can be found in public, private and museum collections throughout Europe and the United States.