Artist: David DeSantis
Exhibition: Day Dreamer
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Dr. Maxine Merlino Gallery
CSULB undergraduate David DeSantis is working toward his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in the School of Art’s Printmaking Program. He is currently a senior. David’s main goal is fund his own art and establish self as fine artist. He wants to be in more galleries and do commission work as well. Aside from art, David enjoys playing pool, going to music festivals, snowboarding, and listening to dubstep. He thinks of himself as an adrenaline junkie. At the age of 18, that’s when David figured out that he was going to pursue art. He used to always draw custom motorcycles. At first, his major was graphic design, but he later switched because it wasn’t creative enough for him.
David’s work is mostly just drawings. I’m guessing he sketches out his image first then colors some of them in. David says his favorite art material is lithography. It creates a fine image. He also enjoys working with screen print and plexiglass. David said he would like to venture out in metals.
The pieces David made in this gallery are all relatively based on wolves. He explained that the theme of the gallery is that he was trying to explore and expand on creativity of the mark. David believes that there’s a specific mark to be made. His inspiration for these pieces is dubstep music and any other music he listens to. David says it could be hard rock, but it is mostly dubstep. Music drives his instinct.
I really liked how David’s drawings of the wolves looked. It was executed very well. I can see the personality of the wolf in how he draws it. I like that David’s inspiration is music because I can totally relate. I love music and I listen to it all the time. Music inspires me also and sometimes it determines my mood too, so I think it’s really cool that music plays a big part in David’s art work.