We’ll be showcasing new works from Santa Barbara based artist David Cooley this coming December in our office area. Cooley‘s work is some of the most unique work we’ve come across in a while and judging from the response so far, many of you agree with us. We first displayed Cooley‘s work earlier this year following a near sold-out showing at Cannibal Flower and have been gaining him many new fans since.
Cooley first sources old fabric which he then adheres to board creating the ‘canvas’ from which he builds upon and creates, playing off the patterns found in the fabric. From there he will coat the ‘canvas’ in resin achieving a mirror like shine. Once dry, he starts work on the 3D paint ‘spikes’ that characterize his work and make it stand out like few others. This process is intricate and time consuming and leads into the addition of hand painted elements as well as spray painted segments which all come together to create a one-of-a-kind piece of work.
‘Rhythmic Nonsense’ will be on view alongside ‘As It Falls Over You’ featuring new works from Nathan DeYoung and Linnea Strid in our main gallery and ‘Specimens’ from Leontine Greenberg in our project room.
All shows open on Sat, December 10th with an artist’s reception from 5-8PM. Each exhibit will be on view through Dec. 30th, so please be sure to make it a point to swing on through.
David Cooley is a native Californian, born in North Hollywood and currently living and working in Santa Barbara. Cooley is a self-taught artist and came to Thinkspace via a knock-out featured artist slot at a recent Cannibal Flower event where his work turned several heads. Cooley’s influences range from everyday life to the works of Dali, Victor Vasarely, Damon Soule, and Alfred Jensen, to name but a few.
Cooley creates mixed media paintings using acrylic, pen, spray paint, resin and fabric. He uses acrylic paint to create three dimensional diamond shaped spikes that protrude from the surface of the work creating a startling visual effect upon first viewing. His work also features a variety of rendered images such as buildings, animals, hot air balloons, swimming pools , etc. He’s inspired greatly by textiles and patterns and his work often uses fabric for the background of the piece, which he often sources from the internet and various other obscure sources where one can find fabric featuring dinosaurs, lil’ kittens, martini umbrellas, and things of a similarly peculiar nature.
When not further indulging his OCD via his painting, Cooley also finds time to put up some stunning wheat pastes around the streets of Southern California…