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…
Check out the works on view in Cooley’s current exhibition here:
New works from David Cooley
On view through June 11th in our office
Thinkspace / 6009 Washington Blvd in Culver City / www.thinkspacegallery.com