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David Buckingham: A Life and Career Salvaged

David Buckingham’s background fuels his current work. Graduating from Loyola University in New Orleans in 1984 with a BA in Communications, David naturally gravitated to a career in advertising, where he served as a writer and creative director from 1985 to 2005.

It was during his time in New York when he ran into the Rivington school gang and their founder, Ray Kelly. “It was funny, I just ran into Ray by accident and he took me to his basement on Broom Street and gave me a five-minute welding lesson. We were both smoking, Ray was drinking, and I thought we’d get blown sky-high, but we didn’t.”

This rudimentary lesson led David to a whimsical form of furniture design. His pieces started resembling folk art, in fact. His current art practice started with his move to Los Angeles in 2000 during his final battle with drug addiction. “I really didn’t intend to move here. I just came on vacation from Australia and got busted.”

Obstacles along his route to recovery form the man he is today, and, in turn, his work both as artist and as humor writer. He also met Mark Caplan, master welder and friend, during a Narcotics Anonymous meeting and ended up apprenticing for him. David reflects, “He’s a real good friend and a very good welder. I learned more with Mark in six months then I was able to teach myself in fifteen years.”

Buckingham values such connections and when asked how the advertising world influenced him David notes, “[It's] just being around smart people doing creative things, the cutting edge of type and design, the ideas, the talking to people, and looking at things. Being teachable as well. I’m not a certified welder by any stretch of the imagination, but every time I meet another welder, I’m always learning something and, if I can help out too, I will.”


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Posted by Veronica Aberham on 9/1/10 | tags: video-art artist-interviews sculpture

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