David Mark Lane, AIA, an award winning architect was born in Hartford, Connecticut and has worked in Santa Barbara since 1989.
David received a Bachelor of Environmental Design from the University of Colorado, at Boulder. The focus of the Environmental Design Program was an approach to Architectural Design that was eventually to be known as Sustainable Design. The school’s curriculum foreshadowed the current wave of Green Design. Subsequently he has lived and worked in Vail, Colorado, Scottsdale, Arizona, Santa Barbara, California, and Paros, Greece.
The Great Recession has had the effect of shifting David’s focus to his artwork. He has been working with the computer graphics program known as Photoshop for almost 20 years. He uses Photoshop to paint, alter photographs and explore the infinite possibilities and combinations of colors and forms.
David Mark Lane's artwork endeavors to portray “the beauty found in the colorful resonance between order and chaos”. He calls his painting technique “primitive digital”. Pictures of flora, patterns, symbols, celebrities; even paint spills are fodder for his electronic manipulations. Each montage acknowledges how the digital realm now permeates our modern lives. David's artwork is built layer upon layer, filter upon filter, sprinkled with continuous refinement; often embracing the 'accident' and rejecting the familiar, … His “paint brush is Photoshop”; and he likes to believe that he uses it's filters in ways never imagined by it's authors. Historical references to artists of the past litter his work. He digitally 'grabs' from old movies and the canvases of artists such as Goya, Klimt, and Van Gogh, to enhance his 'digital expansions'.
One of the ubiqitous expressions of the daily 'cross-talk' between the digital and physical realms is the scanning of the QR and bar codes. These graphic codes are often warped, twisted, faded, and layered as they appear in much of his work. Each 'study' is created at high resolution, and envisioned as large in the physical dimension. He often returns to work on pieces years after beginning them to introduce new ideas …claiming that his creative process is never ending...
David explains ... “I continue to experience the prejudice of those who believe that two dimensional artwork must be created with physical tools”. He has heard from naysayers that he just pushes a button and wallah! ...he has created his new piece. But, just like any pioneer who strives to explore new territory ...David knows that the effort is often arduous, and believes that the future will undoubtedly open up new respect and opportunities for artists who create art with digital technologies.
Just recently Digital Arts: California has honored me with their 'Stellar Art Award'. This is the third time they have included me in their digital only virtual gallery show.. 'Wide Open 2'