These recent works show Salle's mastery of figurative language, here offered with an element of refinement, such that we could say that they are simplified in comparison with the images associated with the artist up until now. His concern for the basic formal values of painting can be seen in his way of foregrounding the way that light and shadow fall on skin, and on the specificity of gesture.
David Salle’s style is characterized by the richness of its pictorial vocabulary, with elements that are both abstract and figurative, a language made up of many layers and visual references drawing on, among other things, popular culture and art history by way of design and advertising.
Salle reflects on the artistic medium itself as well as the artist’s identity through his combination and juxtaposition of visual elements, manipulating the painting’s surface to maximize pictorial expression, and to accentuate visual rhythms. The artist refers to this type of large - scale composition as “visual musicality”.