"There are many influences in my life that naturally wind up
affecting my art. It has always been a difficult thing for me to narrow my
repetoire down to just one approach. Currently I am placing emphasis on a
series of pictorial, urban landscapes that reflect my desire for art to be
accessible and human and represent the things I see on a daily basis. And as an
antidote to the strict discipline that these paintings require of me, I am
simultaneously creating a series of abstract paintings which depict
topographical or arial views of organic landscapes with the encroachment of
human structures into them."
Dave Welker is a contemporary visual and musical artist
known for his elaborate rock posters, murals, and paintings ranging from
fantasy landscapes to urban realism. His work over the last two decades has
built a devout following from private collectors and celebrities to indie and
pop-rock musical acts. His work ranges from lavish paintings to painstaking pen
& ink drawings and hand rendered screen prints. Welker's illustration style
mixes depression era surrealism with a contemporary take on underground comix.
His hand rendered lettering is an uncanny blend of 19th Century sign typography
mixed with equal amounts of modern graffiti.
NYC October '06
His career has followed a path of experimentation and genre
jumping taking him from the top of the landscape mural scene to the top of the
concert poster scene in just a few years.
Welker is now setting his sights on the gallery world as
he continues to express all of his varied influences in a unified visual
aesthetic which combines his deep appreciation of early 20th Century surrealism
with his love of pervasive pop culture.
Clients include: The Black
Keys, Phish, The Decemberists, Primus, Mastodon, Built To Spill, Furthur,
Mudhoney, Justin Townes Earle, Swans, The Melvins... and many more
Anyone interested in seeing
Welker's work in person can visit his New York studio. Hours by appointment