Wk 9 – Artist Conversation – David DeSantis

Exhibition Information

Artist: David DeSantis
Exhibition: Day Dreamer
Media: Mixed-Media, Installation, Cardboard
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Gatov Gallery West
Instagram: @rapturefineart

About the Artist

David is a senior at CSULB in the Print Making BA program. He was born and grew up in the Long Beach area, but not he lives in Westminster. In the past he wanted to design motorcycles because he enjoyed drawing the designs, but then he realized that he really just enjoyed drawing them and started to focus more on the art of it rather than the design. He also uses music to inspire his work.

Formal Analysis

David used splatter paint and what could be described as scribbles to create a number of his pieces. The techniques added a lot of texture to the art. In some he used the contrast of shadow and white background and in others he used the contrast of black and color.

Content Analysis

David used the music he listened to shape his art and described it as abstract with the meaning left to the viewer. To him it wasn’t so important to have a meaning behind his work, but to let the art be created by other art and then to see how people respond to it how they will.

Synthesis / My Experience

At first I didn’t really think much of David’s work, but the more that I looked at it the more interesting I found it. The piece that really caught my attention was the picture of the mouth with large teeth called ‘Bite the Hand’. I’m not even really sure what about it drew my attention, but it was very captivating. I also thought it was interesting to see that he took the same image and completely changed the colors around.


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