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David K. Klarén, Pinedale

Dire Wolf Studios

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David grew up in Pinedale, Wyoming. He attended Sheridan College, Montana State University, and in 1990, earned his MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University. From 1992–1994, David co-owned Works In Progress Gallery in Delray Beach, FL. In 1994 he opened Dire Wolf Studios, his art and custom furniture production studio.


David moved back west to Pinedale in the summer of 1995, where he currently maintains his studio. David has been a board member for the Pinedale Fine Arts Council since 1996 and has served as chairman and co-chairman of the board of directors. David is a founding member of the Pipeline Art Project, a project for marketing and expanding the opportunities of Wyoming contemporary artists outside the state of Wyoming.

David was a 2011 recipient of the Wyoming Arts Council’s Visual Arts Fellowship.

From 2008 – 2015, David was the Chairman for of the In|Site:Ex|Site Public Art Program (ISES) of the Pinedale Fine Arts Council. ISES administers the public art program in Pinedale, WY, which showcases Wyoming and regional visual artists in a public art context.

In 2013 David was chosen for a residency at Jentel Artist Residency in Banner, WY where he developed his Pedestrian Series of ink drawings, acrylic paintings and wood sculptures.

In late 2015 David opened Mystery Print Gallery and Frame in Pinedale, Wyoming. The gallery mounts curated solo and themed exhibitions hi-lighting Wyoming’s talented and diverse contemporary visual artist community along side work from regional and national artists. The gallery also has a full-service picture framing component.

In 2017 David partnered with Clay Paper Scissors Gallery in Cheyenne, WY to launch Rendezvous: A Juried Exhibit of Wyoming Artists. The chosen works are split into two exhibits, with each exhibit being displayed from June 1 through mid-July in each gallery. The exhibits are then de-installed and travel to the other gallery, where the work is exhibited through the end of August. This allows the artists chosen to have their art works exhibited in two different communities in Wyoming. The Rendezvous exhibit is now a biennial exhibit mounted on even numbered years.

In 2016-17 David was included in the 25 Fables: Aesop’s Fables Illustrated exhibit at the National Museum of Wildlife Art in Jackson, WY. 25 Fables was curated by Bronwyn Minton, and his piece has since become part of the museum’s permanent collection.

In June of 2017 David’s solo exhibit titled At Rest was installed in the The Whitney Center for the Arts at Sheridan College in Sheridan, WY. The exhibit featured ink drawings and wood sculptures.

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