ARTIST STATEMENT

The innovative fusion of nature and technology is my expression of the world today.    

"Datsuzoku" is a principle of Zen aesthetics, signifying an unconventional breakthrough, an escape from the mundane, or transcendence from the ordinary. It is the feeling of surprise, freedom, and amazement, an awakening from which creativity and resourcefulness emerge.

BIO

Dave Platford, was born in Oakland, California on April 5, 1978. He began drawing and painting while on safari in Kenya at age four. The magic of the wilderness planted seeds of inspiration that would later grow into full bloom. Years later, his pursuit to see the world brought him back to Africa where the ancient landscapes, wild animals, and rustic village scenes compelled him to get serious about art, finding ways to manifest his vision. Upon finishing his studies of environmental studies at UC Santa Cruz in 2000, he launched into a backpacking journey all over India, and then to the mountains and temples of China, Japan, Vietnam, as well as to the desert landscapes and historical sites of Egypt and Morocco. At the Academy of Art University he studied the traditional and contemporary oil painting techniques of Realism, Pop-Art, Abstract Expressionism, Surrealism, Graphic Design, Street Art, Eastern Aesthetics, New Media and Motion Graphics. Ultimately he went his own direction, developing a unique poetic visual language with paint. Dave is currently raising his daughter Akala, sharing his love of nature and contemplating the essence of life.

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2018

Visionism, Black Hammer Brewing, San Francisco, California 

2016

Datsuzoku, Cafe 817, Oakland, California Datsuzoku, DG717, San Francisco, California 

2015

Land Escapes, Galvanize Cafe, San Francisco, California 

Land Escapes, Brown Couch Cafe, Oakland, California 

2014

Land Escapes, Hotel Biron, San Francisco, California 

New Paintings from China, Cafe 817, Oakland, California 

Land Escapes, Rockridge Library, Oakland, California 

2011

FM Gallery, Oakland, California  

2009

East Bay Open Studios, 11th Street Oakland Studio, Oakland, California  

Equilibrio Wellness Grand Opening, Oakland, California  

2007

New Paintings: MFA Thesis Show, Gallery 79, Academy of Art University, San Francisco, California 

2006

Worldscapes: India & China, Giorgi Gallery, Berkeley, California 

2005

Freeways Unlimited, Kaiser Permanente, San Francisco, California 

2004

Land Escapes 3, Academy of Art Univ. MFA studios, San Francisco, California 

2002

Land Escapes 2, Louis Siegriest Exhibition Hall, Oakland, California 

1999

Land Escapes 1, Asian Rose, Santa Cruz, California

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2018

Mystic Rising Festival, Ashland, Oregon 

Serenity Gathering, Woodward Reservoir, California 

How Weird Fair, San Francisco, California 

2017

Kohala Coast Fine Art, Waikoloa, Big Island, Hawaii  

The Exhibit Gallery, Hilo, Big Island, Hawaii 

Flow Festival, Kapoho Green Lake, Big Island, Hawaii  

2016

Symbiosis Gathering, Woodward Reservoir, California 

Great North: Music & Arts Festival, Minot, Maine 

We Are The Bridge, Osher Marin JCC, San Rafael, California 

Tokyo International Art Fair, Tokyo, Japan 

How Weird Fair, San Francisco, California 

Bicycle Day, San Francisco, California 

Clio Art Fair, New York, New York 

Gem & Jam Festival, Massiflux Mural Team, Tucson, Arizona 

Expressions Gallery: Our Many Cultures, Berkeley, California  

2015

Symbiosis Gathering, Woodward Reservoir, California 

Wanderlust, Squaw Valley Tahoe, California 

Oakland Art Murmur, Oakland, California 

We are the Bridge Interfaith Art Exhibition, ICCNC, Oakland, California 

2014

Oakland Art Murmur, Oakland, California 

Arab Heritage Celebration, SF City Hall, San Francisco, California 

Indie Awards After-Party, Oakland, California 

2013

My Groove Design, Oakland, California 

Triton Museum, Santa Clara, California 

2012

Lightning in a Bottle Festival, Los Angelos, California 

2010

Sea of Dreams, Concourse Pavilion, San Francisco, California 

3 Perspectives, 11th Street Studio, Oakland, California 

Creativity & The Spiritual Path, Barakah Life, San Jose, California 

2009

Euphrat Museum of Art, DeAnza College, Cupertino, California 

ContemporaryLandscape, 11th Street Oakland Studio, Oakland, California 

Gallery 599, Sausalitto, California 

2008

The Artist Project: Exhibition, Chicago, Illinois 

Grand Opening_1, 11th Street Oakland Studio, Oakland, California 

Bay Area Landscapes, Giorgi Gallery, Berkeley, California 

2007

Emerge, Gen Art SF, San Francisco, California 

The Big Bang Art Show, Academy of Art University, San Francisco, California 

2006  

Art for Kids Sake Auction, Presidio Hill School, San Francisco, California 

2005

The Big Bang Art Show, Academy of Art University, San Francisco, California 

Bay Area Landscapes, Giorgi Gallery, Berkeley, California 

Academy of Art Spring Show, Academy of Art University, San Francisco, California 

As Above So Below, Academy of Art Univ, San Francisco, California 

Academy of Art Winter Showcase, Academy of Art University, San Francisco, California 

2004

The Big Bang Art Show, Academy of Art University, San Francisco, California 

Abstract Painting Group Show, Academy of Art University, San Francisco, California 

Landscape Painting Group Show, Academy of Art University, San Francisco, California 

2003

Artisans Gallery, Mill Valley, California 

Mixed Media Group Show, ProArts Gallery, Oakland, California 

2002

Hopi Prophecy, ProArts Gallery, Oakland, California 

Mythology & Fantasy, Artisans Gallery, Mill Valley, California 

2001

New Student Expo, CCAC West Gallery, Oakland, California 

1999

Spring Art Show, UC Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, California

PUBLICATIONS

I.C.A. Publishing, 9th Volume International Contemporary Artists 2014 (http://www.incoartists.com/Vol_IX/index.html)  Interview with Michael Corbin, October 2014 (www.artbookguy.com/interviews_364.html) Art Bridge Across Faith and Conflict, Baymosaic (http://baymozaic.com/art-bridge-across-faith-and-conflict/)  Undercoat (http://www.undercoat.net/david-platford-land-escapes/) Art 4 Bitcoin, July 2014 (http://www.art4bitcoin.net/david-platford/) ArtBusiness.com, October 2007 (http://www.artbusiness.com/1open/firstth1007.html) East Bay Express, September 2007, "New Paintings" Fine Art Connoisseur, February 2006, En Couleur: Plein Air Painting in China. p.29 PSPrint, 2006 Calendar: Paintings by David Platford

EDUCATION

MFA, Academy of Art University, San Francisco, Ca. 2003-2008 

BA, University of California Santa Cruz, Ca. 1996-2000

TEACHING

Oakland Unified School District, Oakland, Ca. 2014-16 

Living Arts Kinetic Experience (L.A.K.E.), Oakland, Ca. 2009-16 

Averroes Institute, Fremont, Ca. 2012-13  

St. Elizabeth High School Art Dept., Oakland, Ca. 2009-2011 

Mobile Digital Arts, Pearson Foundation. 2006-2008