Wk9 – Artist Conversation – David Desantis

Exhibition Information

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. When he was growing up, he wanted to design motorcycles for Jesse James. At one point of his life, he realized that he actually prefers drawing motorcycles rather than designing them. This lead him to realize that he wants to be an artist instead of a designer. His music preferences include heavy metal and dubstep, both of which influence his art work.

Formal Analysis

Most of the artwork found on this gallery has been painted on top of paper. Dark colors are mainly used. There are a few pieces that do have bright colors in them. Desantis also seems to stick to 3-4 colors instead of using 10 colors on one art piece. The lines he draws in his art are clean yet messy. For example, in his shogun piece, it has a nice outline. The actual coloring of the piece involves lots of splatter and disconnected lines. His paintings also appear to be very abstract.

Content Analysis

This exhibition seems to be about Desantis’ creative process. As mentioned earlier, he likes to listen to dubstep and heavy metal. He blasts that type of music while he works which is reflected in his work. It is hard to describe but to me, it is easy to associate his work with dubstep. It might be because of the clean but chaotic nature of his work. Also, this exhibition seems to include Desantis’ habit of drawing random marks on paper. This can be seen in the black and white swirl painting. I think both the music Desantis listens to and his habit of drawing random marks ties in with the name of his exhibition: Day Dreamer. He is a daydreamer that wants to create art the way that he wants.

Synthesis / My Experience

I really liked the pieces in this gallery! I thought the black and white swirl one was really interesting to look at. I liked how he also included a colored version of that painting. It actually made me wonder how he managed to create a colored version. Maybe I’m just thinking about it in a complicated manner but the swirl painting does seem difficult to recreate. You would have to make sure all the lines match up perfectly! The painting of the shogun is probably my favorite piece. I just love how clean it looks and I like the color that he used to paint it.


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