Week 9: Artist Conversation – David DeSantis

Exhibition Information

Artist: David DeSantis

Exhibition: Day Dreamer

Media: Printmaking, screenprint, lithography

Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Dr. Maxine Merlino Gallery

Instagram: @rapturefineart

David DeSantos is an undergraduate who is working towards his BFA degree in the CSULB’s School of Art Printmaking program. He chose Long Beach State because it is one of the top art schools in the west coast. DeSantos was previously in graphic design, however, he changed his mind as soon as he visited a printmaking studio and decided that was his passion. He’s influenced by Jackson Pollock who was a painter and a major figure in the abstract expressionist movement.

Former Analysis: As I walked into the gallery, I first saw the artwork displayed in the middle wall. The artworks are called “Rising Deep Water” and “Gem Shard Shogun.” Both amazing pieces, however, “Gem Shard Shogun” caught my eye as it was created in a bold red color and had sharp horns sticking out. Looking at it, it looked very similar to a viking hat because they both have a similar design.

Content Analysis: DeSantos stated that there’s a flow when he’s listening to music and he wants to embody that in his artwork. He mainly listens to dubstep since it drives the imagery and also hard rock. His overall theme is to explore and expand on abstract expressionism and creativity.

My Experience: I wish I was able to see more of his artwork as there was only seven of his pieces. I found it really interesting that listening to music brings out the ideas and imagery of his artwork.

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