David Bjurstrom

David Bjurstrom


David Bjurstrom makes his home in Austin, Texas. Since first inspired to pursue art as a career while in junior high school, he has spent over thirty-five years capturing the world around him.

After early explorations in watercolor and oil painting, he came to settle on working only in pencil. “It’s prob­ably not the most glamorous of mediums but I find it endlessly fascinating and I’ve never felt limited by that choice,” says David. “I am constantly challenged because there are no limits. There is a purity of subject and a power in black and white that cannot be matched.”

His highly detailed drawings, though broadly defined as ‘western’, encompass a wide range of subject matter from landscapes and animals to people and still lifes. “I don’t like to categorize my work or style in any one genre. I’d rather let my collectors enjoy the work for what it is without some preconceived notion of how it is classified.”

Speaking of his technique, David explains, “While many artists draw with an emphasis on lines, I use light and shadow—contrast—to delineate surfaces, much like a painter uses color. In that respect, my approach to drawing is more like painting. The only lines visible are those used to portray a texture in my subjects. They’re very rarely, if ever, used to separate one surface from another.“

“This approach mimics the way our eyes see the world. When one looks at an object, there isn’t an outline that separates it from its background. The separation is achieved through variations in color, light and shad­ow. Since, with the pencil, I have only black, white and shades of gray with which to work, I must rely only on the light falling across the surfaces. It is also the light or, more correctly, the shadows created by the light that reveals the textures of the subject.”

“A frequent comment is that my drawings look like photographs but they really go well beyond what a photograph could be. Because, as an artist, I have the luxury to add or subtract details that cannot be read­ily done with a camera, there is clarity in my subjects not easily possible in a photograph. There is also an undefined quality in my drawings that, while nearly photographic in detail, adds an emotional response. That emotion is something that comes from the artist’s hand. It results from the conscious and subconscious decisions made in the creation of the artwork.”

David’s work is now recognized as among the very best and most innovative of drawings in pencil, often winning ‘Best of Show’ and other top honors in some of the country’s most prestigious art shows. Among the many shows where his work has appeared is the La Quinta Arts Festival, Gasparilla Festival of the Arts, Art in the Pearl, Chicago’s Old Town Art Fair, Cherry Creek Arts Festival and the Saint Louis Art Fair. David Bjurstrom’s drawings and limited edition prints can be found in private collections throughout the United States, Canada and Europe.


2018 Mayor’s Award Gasparilla Festival of the Arts, Tampa, FL
2018 Second AwardDrawing/Painting/Pastels — Old Town Art Fair, Chicago IL
2017 Jennifer Perlow Juror’s Choice Award — Saint Louis Art Fair, St. Louis, MO
2017 Best of ShowGasparilla Festival of the Arts, Tampa, FL
2015 Best of ShowLa Quinta Arts Festival, La Quinta, CA
2015 People’s ChoiceArt in the Square, Southlake, TX
2014 Best of ShowLa Quinta Arts Festival, La Quinta, CA
2014 Best of Show, DrawingPark City Kimball Arts Festival, Park City, UT
2014 Second PlaceSaint Louis Art Fair, St. Louis, MO
2014 Best of Drawing & PastelsScottsdale Arts Festival, Scottsdale, AZ
2013 Best of Show – Drawing/Painting/PastelsOld Town Art Fair, Chicago IL
2013 Award of Excellence Belleville Art On The Square, Belleville, IL
2012 Award of Merit, Drawing & PrintmakingLa Quinta Arts Festival, La Quinta, CA


David Bjurstrom