Week 9- Artist Conversation-David DeSantis

Artist: David Desantis
Exhibition: Day Dreamer
Media: Printmaking
Gallery: School of Art, Merlino Gallery
Website: N/A
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/rapturefineart/

About the Artist

CSULB undergraduate David Desantis is working toward his BFA degree in the School of Art’s Printmaking Program. He grew up locally and now lives in Westminister. He spent his early days wanting to become a designer for Jesse James motorcycles but then realized that it would be a tough thing to accomplish. He then decided that drawing was what he always wanted to do.

Formal Analysis

Most all of David’s work consisted of dark colors or dark themes. This probably comes from his strong influence from hard rock and dubstep which are his favorite types of music. His artwork that consisted of the wolf was inspired the Nine Inch Nails song called Bite The Head. He uses music in most of his artwork and when doing his stuff, he always has music playing really loud so he can lose himself in the artwork that he is doing.

Content Analysis

This exhibit really showed us how creative he is. A lot of his artwork has a bunch of random lines and markings that really give his art a unique feel to it. He always wanted to make art his own way and does that with every piece. His work often seems abstract and a little chaotic which I believe is a result of the type of music that he listens to to inspire his work. His work is unique because of the many ways someone can interpret his artwork.

Synthesis / My Experience

I loved his exhibit. When I walked into the galleries his exhibit was the one that immediately caught my eye and I was drawn in by the unique style that his artwork portrays. I am a huge fan of music so I felt a connection while talking with him and I was able to relate to his art. The most important thing to me is to be able to connect with art, which is why I really loved his work. The fact that he just puts music on and stares out his window until he comes up with something that he wants to draw is just really cool to me.



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