About the Artist
David DeSantis is currently a senior here at CSULB and is currently working on his Bachelor’s of art degree in printmaking. David currently lives in Westminster and commutes to Long Beach. He likes to listen to dubstep and hard rock music but mainly dubstep because that is where he gets his inspiration.David likes to attend music festivals and is very interested in music. He also like to skateboard and snowboard in his free time At first, David wanted to be a mechanic but when he entered college he became more interested in art and he wanted to spend his time customizing motorcycles. He further channeled that energy into designing snowboards. He eventually arrived at fine art and he wanted to embody what he wanted to create himself instead of following a corporation.
Some of the pieces in the exhibit are colorful while others are just plain black and white. All of David’s art focuses on fluid abstract expressionism. Some of his art was straight, sinuous, and jagged while others were more fluid and had smooth patterns. A lot of the strokes were very abstract yet still recognizable. It’s as if he wants you to recognize that it is a human or an object in his art piece. The way that he colors and shades his paintings are very different and unique or random making them more abstract. Some of his prints are very recognizable like the red shogun and the wolf while other pieces of art seem to be more random.
David said that music is one of his biggest inspirations and influence for his exhibit “Day Dreamer.” He wanted to experiment in this exhibit and wanted to create figurative imagery that reflected the images in his mind when certain music was played. David wanted to see how certain songs could produce different images in his head. “Gem Hard Shogun” was made while listening to an upbeat song to be more specific, Gem Shards by MUST DIE! The helmet symbolized a demon that was meant to scare away the enemy. David also used this piece to express his admiration and interest in Asian culture and anime. “Bite the Hand” seemed to also be made while listening to an upbeat song while “Rising Deep Water” seems to have been created while listening to a softer and calmer tone.
Synthesis / My Experience
I think that David’s art exhibit was awesome. All the art was very recognizable while still having an abstract theme. I really like the shogun and the complete black and white flow because it reminded of me of anime and especially Naruto because there was an episode that had a scene that had that design. I also thought that the idea of creating prints from the ideas in your head when stimulated by different types of music. It makes you think of music will affect how you think and your mood. Like more upbeat songs can make you feel more happy or angry while slower songs can make you feel more calm or sad. The idea of creating art based on the music you’re listening to is very interesting to me because the possibilities are endless.