studiotwentysix2 the art + design of tom davie

Monday, June 25, 2007

Copenhagen’s Finest

Yours truly took some time out of his hectic painting schedule to contribute a little somethin’ somethin’ to Wonderland Magazine. Based in Copenhagen, Denmark, Wonderland is a contemporary art and design magazine that prides itself on high-quality production and layout.

Unless you are lucky enough to live in Denmark, you probably won’t be able to get your hands on a copy of the magazine — so here’s my design (it’s a right hand page) and the corresponding write-up:

Name: Tom Davie
Title: four hours of love
Country: USA

What’s the idea / your thoughts behind the artwork?
This work is my visual response to the unrelenting text-based spam-mails that are dedicated to horny young girls, erect penises and discount Viagra pills. The design is intended to convey safe sex and promote the four-hour erection that is promised in most of the Viagra-related spam by integrating the diamond-shaped pill into the illustration.

Inspiration: (What inspires you to do what you do?)
My primary sources of inspiration are religion, politics and popular culture. Although, any topic, object or individual that is attention-worthy, becomes a likely candidate for my art. From a historical and stylistic standpoint, I’m inspired by the work of Francis Bacon, Andy Warhol, Jean-Michel Basquiat and Fortunato Depero.

Best in 2007: (what has been the best in 2007 so far?)
Without a doubt, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, cheese pizza and beer. Also,, and the Graphic Content: Contemporary and Modern / Art and Design exhibition featuring Ryan McGinness, Charley Harper and Malcolm Grear.

What to look out for: (anything interesting that we should know?)
My upcoming solo exhibition titled, The Parishioner Series, at the Dayton Art Institute museum. Opening in August and running through the end of the 2007, the exhibition will feature a large number of recent portrait paintings and drawings, including many works being exhibited for the first time.

What is your background/education…:
I currently run the multi-disciplined, studiotwentysix2, which produces client-based design, limited-edition screen prints and exhibition-quality fine art. Prior to starting studiotwentysix2, I worked as a full-time graphic designer five years, and a university professor for two. I have received visual communication degrees from the University of Dayton (BFA), and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (MFA).

Icon/Hero ( tell Us Why )?
I don’t believe in icons or heroes, however, I am a huge admirer of anyone who is committed to their work, confident in their talent, and has the ability to make a living doing what they love.

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