Home of the creative musings and visual experiments of John David
Digital paintings completed in Photoshop.
Sketches and WIPs
A collection of WIPs (works in progress), quick sketches from scratch, observational paintings from reference, experiments and unfinished works.
Dia de Los Muertos Skull
This small sculpture is about the size of a tangerine and is made from Super Sculpy, finished with acrylic paint and a high gloss varnish.
Dia de Los Muertos Skull
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The Gowanus Series; Beauty Through Abstraction
While working in Brooklyn I would exit the subway at Smith and 9th Street every day and cross the 9th Street bridge that spans the Gowanus Canal. Looking down at the water of the Gowanus, one cannot help but notice the visually striking pollution that crowds the canal's surface. Metallic particulates, oily rainbows and viscus sludge decorate the water in a never ending arrangement, each moment of every day a new visual map. I was fascinated by what I saw and began to record these images.
The images comprising, "The Gowanus Series; Beauty Through Abstraction" address a subject inherently unappealing and grotesque; pollution. Through the process of abstraction, via composition, the subject is viewed in a new beautifully-striking context, gaining redefinition through the viewer's eye.
Oil slicks become an alien planet's tidal current, metal particulates transform into arctic ice floats, thick viscus films now exist as tropical coral outcroppings; solids become liquid, shape takes form, and the unsightly gives way to blooming beauty.
While on a hunting trip, one of my best buddies, Kyle found this coyote skull. I convinced him to allow me to borrow it. In exchange for me cleaning, sterilizing, and return it to him repaired he agreed to allow me to photograph it. Thanks Kyle!
I've always loved the naturally beautiful sculptural qualities skull forms provide. I believe organic forms, especially those from the skeletal system of animals, are powerful reminders not only of our own mortality but the inherently awesome ability of nature to best exemplify the pinnacle of form following function.
Similar in approach to "The Gowanus Series; Beauty Through Abstraction", by taking a closer look at the undulating curves, sharp edges and graveled pits of the skull form the subject takes on a new visual context as the original context is eliminated.The viewer is now free to explore these visual landscapes establishing new fresh and personal meanings.
There is something silently stirring yet monumental experienced when viewing a bullet captured perfectly still. Bullets possess an aesthetic beauty in their smooth form, dense weight and brilliant specularity. Yet, also present is the terrifyingly electric potential energy, force, sound, and impact stored within each that provides a complex emotional undercurrent to the viewing experience.
Airplanes! What's not to like about airplanes? These marvels of engineering allow for Earth bound man to take flight. Sleek speed and power that marks the sky with contrails and ruptured clouds and leave terrestrial onlookers with sore necks, ringing ears, fatigued eyes and slack jaws. How such seemingly heavy machines rise, roar and roll through the air never ceases to amaze and draw interest from inquiring minds. Even when grounded, these incredible machines hold a bold strength and silent elegance to be admired and enjoyed.