David Yorke< >
Surrounded by creative family influences and inspired by his great-great-uncle’s portrait paintings, David Yorke began his art journey early in his life. He went on to receive his formal art training at the University of Florida, earning a degree in advertising design in 1971.
Working initially in the field of television media, Yorke excelled as a commercial illustrator, eventually leading to art direction. His versatility with multimedia later contributed to his involvement with toy design and product photography with a company in northern Georgia. In 1995, the Florida Disney Studios recruited him to work as a designer, and this led to a painting career with feature animation. For about nine years, Yorke painted backgrounds animated films until Disney’s Florida studio closed in 2004. He says, “It was there that I gained my greatest sense of confidence as a painter and found direction for my ultimate vocation as a fine artist.”
Although having grown up in the South, Yorke’s passion has been to paint the American West—to portray historical Plains Indians, the pioneers, and the landscape of the West. In most cases, Yorke uses props and regalia that he has researched and constructed, and poses models that he finds during his travels and at period reenactments.
Yorke regularly participates in numerous auctions and shows, including the Masters of the American West Fine Art Exhibition and Sale at the Autry National Center in Los Angeles and the Wildlife & Western Visions Art Show at the Raymond James Financial Center in St. Petersburg, Florida. His work has been featured in Western Art Collector magazine.
David Yorke is represented Trailside Galleries, Jackson, Wyoming, and Scottsdale, Arizona.