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    A Palette of Compassion.




    While attending this years “Artrageous” festival, in Wausau, Wisconsin, my wife and I visited with artist David Anthony Hummer. We learned that his work has been in over 11 exhibitions, as well as 12 Selected Corporate Collections. Some of his private collections have found homes across the globe.


    This story is not about his artistic talents, it’s about how he has helped make the world a better place. According to David “In 1989, while he was in Manhattan on a business trip with a fellow gallery owner he realized his work was about to take a different direction. He had just exited a building where they were showing Hockney’s latest work. A gallery where one with means could purchase a work of art priced in the millions. It was then that he noticed a homeless man sitting on the sidewalk with a sign on his lap asking for help. This extreme contrast of wealth and poverty came as a shock.


    A few years later his work transformed into realist portraits of homeless people in an attempt to create an awareness of an ever-increasing problem in the US. He abandoned his gallery business and would spend the next 15 years producing these portraits and working with homeless shelters and nonprofit organizations”.


    David has returned to the city of his roots and now is helping a local program named The Randlin Homes. Its program helps homeless Vets get back on their feet. He has recently donated 7 portraits from his homeless collection to offer as a benefit to Randlin Homes. The Midwest Biennial has a cash donation box in the gallery as well as a collection bin for canned and dry goods. His future plans involve projects that will highlight hope.


    The city of Wausau is fortunate to have David return to the community. His actions are an example of an artist using his talent to help improve lives. Its not fame and fortune that drives him. Its simply the desire to do what his heart is inspiring him to do. It’s people like David that show us there is a lot of good taking place, especially during a time when our world needs it the most. People working together, sharing what they have, will get us through these challenging times. After my wife and I met David (and his mother) we were very impressed. A humble man who is using his brush for a better tomorrow.

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    David Anthony Hummer


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