Wk9- Artist Conversation- David DeSantis

Exhibition Information

Artist: David DeSantis

Exhibition: Day Dreamer

Media: paper, ink, screen printing , flexiglass

Gallery: Dr. Maxine Merlino Gallery

Website: N/A

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/rapturefineart/

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About the Artist

     David Desantis is currently a fourth year in California State University, Long Beach pursing a Bachelor of Fine Arts in printmaking. David draws his inspiration from various music genres and creates a sense of abstract art. He stated that his favorite types of music are hard rock and dubstep. His artwork contains figures that are slightly recognizable but remain abstract. Currently, David commutes from the city of Westminster to California State University, Long Beach. Initially, David wanted to be an artist that spent most of his time customizing the designs on motorcycle. However, he opened up his options and wanted to customize snowboard. From snowboards, David wanted to escape the demands of the corporate and produce designs and artworks that he wanted to instead of what others wanted.

Formal Analysis

      Each of David’s art pieces was influenced by either a certain beat, rhythm, lyric, or title of certain music genres, especially hard rock and dubstep. He mainly utilizes paper and ink to produce his pieces along with music to give him inspiration. David’s intentions for each piece was  to obscure it to make it abstract but make it recognizable, whether it is a human figure or an object. For each piece, it has a different nature of each line. Some pieces were straight, jagged, sinuous, while some had only smooth patterns.

Content Analysis

      In David’s art pieces, he wanted to experiment on figurative imagery and how certain songs produce a different image within his mind. The one that caught my attention the most was the one that was the helmet of a shogun. In this piece, David wanted to express his admiration and interests in Asian culture and anime. He stated how the helmet symbolized a demon which was used to scare away their enemy. Also, the piece was inspired by a certain song called Gem Shards from an artist known as MUST DIE!.

Synthesis/ My Experience

     I really enjoyed David’s art exhibit because it was a mix of recognizable art and abstract art. It had a balance of being abstract and being recognizable. It was not totally on one side of the spectrum. I really the art pieces because I was able to observe how David felt as he was listening to the music while painting. When I look at the painting and the song, title, or rhythm that he was inspired by, I could hear the song go through my head because I have a similar taste in music as David’s type.


Author: derekcsite

Hello! My name is Derek Chow. I am currently an exercise science major under Kinesiology aspiring to be a physical therapist.

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