David Blake is originally from the Midwest, where he was raised on a healthy diet of rock ‘n roll and small town boredom. He got his feet wet in the Chicago gallery scene as a self-taught artist, taking on screen printing after studying Andy Warhol and observing early 2000s Parisian street art first-hand. He has shown his paintings in group exhibitions across the U.S. and Hong Kong, as well as solo exhibitions in Las Vegas, NV and Laguna Beach, CA. David has contributed artworks to fundraisers for the Japanese Red Cross, Wounded Warriors Project, Little Kids Rock and ArtReach. He moved from Chicago to California in 2007 and currently lives in San Clemente, California with his wife Kim and daughters Frankie & Hunter Tru.
My recent body of work refers to Mother Nature’s response to a rapidly changing environment and ultimately reflects the interconnectedness between humans and nature. Patterns reflecting elements of nature are injected into the human form while animals that are mostly found in my close environment are added around the images to stress the interdependent nature of the relationship. Often times the subject appears to be clinging or holding on which is meant to represent our fear of change as well as Mother Nature’s response to the current threat of climate change. Female models are often used to show parallels that exist between women and nature which validates the reason we refer to nature in the female form. They are at the same time powerful and fierce, yet also vulnerable and incredibly nurturing. The work is also heavily influenced by my two daughters Hunter (3 yrs old) and Frankie (2 yrs old). As I have watched them grow I have observed their fascination with the plants and animals in their environment and given cause for great concern about the impacts of climate change on them as well as future generations.
“We do not love nature because it is beautiful; we find beauty in nature because we are a part of it, and it is a part of us.”
Chirstopher Marley, Biophelia