David Chatfield

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Bio & Artist


Born in Colorado Springs, Colorado, my career in art began the moment I smelled linseed oil. That smell lit a fire in me in the same way that I imagine Bukowski's first drink hit him.

After completing my B.A. at Knox College and living in Chicago for 4 years, I found that the slumping economy and my lack of experience was not going to allow for job opportunities greater than those found at art stores or summer camps. I moved back to Colorado Springs and accepted a job doing what most art majors are apt to do - graphic design. 

Unfortunately, I had accepted a job as a graphic designer for a local newspaper. Local newspapers had begun dying out, and this newspaper blankly chewed leaves from higher and higher branches as the asteroid descended. After the impact, I was laid off for the first time. I then moved to Philadelphia, where after working a few more years designing away my integrity, I was laid off for a second time. Rather than searching for yet another graphic design job that would likely result in more dissatisfaction and yet another lay-off, I applied to graduate school in order to focus on art and education. After 10 years in Philly, I've returned to Colorado to continue my career where the weather is better and the necies and nephews can learn I'm more than that weird Uncle who comes to drink with Mom and Dad once a year.

And so here's the Artist Statement:

My experience as an expendable and disillusioned office monkey informed my work, and it gradually became more focused on labor and economic issues. Specifically the spaces designed to contain people for the purpose of work, cubicles for example, and the human beings occupying those spaces. Eventually the lack of a figure became an interesting way to explore the space as a stage for my ideas.

The contradictions and incongruities that exist between the artificial spaces in which work and the living, breathing, and feeling humans who occupy those spaces continue to inspire me. However, more recently I have appropriated Depression era and labor union imagery and updated them using my own vocabulary, and I will continue to explore the relationship between Humans, their occupancies and occupations.





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