David Arbus

About the Artist

If you are a fan of the British rock band the Who, you’re probably familiar with David Arbus whether you know it or not. He delivered the searing violin coda to the song “Baba O’Riley” — popularly known as “Teenage Wasteland” — as a guest artist on the group’s 1971 album “Who’s Next.” Since then, Mr. Arbus, a native of Surrey, England, has continually reinvented himself: as a teacher, a model and a furniture maker. For the last decade, he has traded his violin bow for a drawing pen.

In the late 1960s and the ’70s, Mr. Arbus and some college friends performed as East of Eden, a progressive rock band that landed a recording contract, produced three albums and toured England and continental Europe, he said. After the group disbanded to pursue other projects, Mr. Arbus taught English in Saudi Arabia, where he started sketching buildings and developed a business designing Christmas cards for expatriates and Western companies based in the Middle East.

After two years Mr. Arbus returned to England and switched careers again, he said, spending the next 15 years designing and building rattan furniture. He also returned briefly to professional music with a stint in a British bluegrass band led by the banjo player Keith Pearson.

Richard Barons, the executive director of the historical society, invited Mr. Arbus to show his work at the Clinton Academy. The two met while Mr. Arbus was drawing inside the Osborn-Jackson House, an 18th-century building that contains the offices of the society. “He liked what I was doing and asked if I would like to have an exhibition sponsored by them,” Mr. Arbus recalled. For the next six months he set to work producing the 65 pieces currently on display.

Mr. Arbus favours architectural subjects because he likes structure. “It’s a personality thing,” he said. He sketches with soluble ink and uses water to blur the lines, he said. Sometimes he adds pastel or watercolour, a process that he called therapeutic. “To use colour is to do feeling and emotion,” he said. “For me, that’s difficult to express, so it’s probably good for me to do it. And in the spring and the fall, how can you not work in colour?” From New York Times 3 June 2007

cathedral 1
Cathedral I

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buttermarket

Buttermarket
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cathedral 2

Cathedral II
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cathedral interior 2

Cathedral Interior II
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christchurch gate

Christchurch Gate
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cathedral interior 3
Cathedral Interior III

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 thomas becket tomb
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homas Becket Tomb

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cloisters

Cloisters
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black prince tomb

Black Prince Tomb
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 steamer trading
Steamer Trading

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interior home 2
Interior Home II

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steamer trading 2
Steamer Trading II

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 the crypt
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he Crypt

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 the water tower 2
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he Water Tower II

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 the crypt 2
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he Crypt II

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 Trinity Chapel 2
Trinity Chapel II
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exterior
Exterior

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 the water tower
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he Water Tower

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 the water tower 2
The Water Tower II

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the cloisters 3
The Cloisters III

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Trinity Chapel 1

Trinity Chapel, Canterbury Cathedral
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 north aisle 2
The North Aisle, Canterbury Cathedral II
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 westminster abbey
Westminster Abbey
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 untitled 2
Chapel II
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chapel 1

 Chapel I
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trinity chapel 2


Canterbury Cathedral

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trinity chapel 1
Trinity Chapel I
Canterbury Cathedral

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 rouen
Rouen
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vitre brittany
Vitre, Brittany
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 st maclou, rouen
St. Maclou, Rouen

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