Dave Weindorf was born in 1962 in Indianapolis, Indiana. He's a self-taught, abstract expressionist artist. He became interested in art when his mother gave him a print of Dali's "Last Supper" as a young boy. Early in his art path he focused on 19th and 20th century abstract and surrealism. In recent years he's devoted a lot of time to studying post-modern art and is an avid reader of art history. Dave has exhibited his work in Michigan’s ArtPrize, Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts, Lowell Arts Gallery, Traverse Higher Art Exhibition, and Pace Galleries in New York. His work has been featured in Studio Visit Magazine, a juried artist book. Dave is represented by Agora Gallery of New York. He lives with his wife and dog, Dusty, in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
My artwork is heavily influenced by ancient Egyptian symbols, cave art and Viking runes, expressed as primitive glyphs and line work. I've always been fascinated with hieroglyphics and cave drawings, their meaning feeling hidden to me. Artists and work I've been drawn to include Dali, Picasso, Miro and Kandinsky.
In terms of my artistic process, I work with contrasting paints--watercolor and acrylic enamel. I prefer using vintage paints, when I can find them, because I feel the color is more vivid and has a sharper definition. My process is intuitive and reactionary, starting with how I create the background using watercolor and then create layers of line work and color. For my line work I turn a thin paint brush upside down, dip it in the paint and move it over the canvas and let it flow as I create the abstract marks.
- Certificate in Small Business and Economics, 1983, Grand Rapids Community College, Grand Rapids, MI
- Art History studies focusing on Surrealism, Cubism, modern abstract and abstract expressionism, with an emphasis on the works of Dali, Picasso, Miro and Kandinsky
- Travel abroad to England, France and Spain to study art and architecture with visits to Dali, Picasso and Miro's studios
Amsterdam Int'l Art Fair (AIAF) – Collective Exhibition, Beurs van Berlage, Amsterdam, Global Art Agency – August 2017
The Jump Off – Collective Exhibition, Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts (UICA) – June to August 2017
Who's Who: Members Exhibition – Collective Exhibition, Lowell Arts Gallery – April 2017
You Do What You Can – Collective Exhibition, Sanctuary Folk Art Gallery, Art.Downtown – April 2017
Lowell Arts 31st Annual West Michigan Regional Art Competition – Collective Exhibition, Lowell Arts Gallery – March 2017
Traverse Higher Art Exhibition – Collective Exhibition – Traverse Higher Art – July 2016
ArtPrize Eight – Collective Exhibition – Georgio's Gourmet Pizza – September – October, 2016
In the Windows – Dual Exhibition, Craft House – December – January, 2016
ArtPrize Seven – Collective Exhibition – Boardwalk GR Condominiums – September – October, 2015
First Friday – Collective Exhibition – Avenue for the Arts, Vertigo Music – November 2015
Collective Exhibition – Pace Galleries New York, acrylic on plates – 2001
Collective Exhibition – Jefferson Galleries – May 1999
Studio Visit Magazine, Volume 37 – Artist Book, Diana Gaston (Juror), Director, Tamarind Institute – Summer 2017
Studio Visit Magazine, Volume 35 – Artist Book, Jessica Roscio (Juror), Curator, Danforth Art Museum – Winter 2017
6th 2017 ArtSlant Prize Showcase Competition – Abstract – July 2017
5th 2017 ArtSlant Prize Showcase Competition – Abstract – June 2017
4th 2017 ArtSlant Prize Showcase Competition – Abstract – May 2017
3rd 2017 ArtSlant Prize Showcase Competition – Painting – April 2017
Traverse Higher Art Fan Competition – Work featured on exhibition promotion – July 2016
ArtXChange – Grang Rapids, Michigan – September – present
Agora Gallery – New York, NY – March 2017 – present
Lions & Rabbits – Grand Rapids, Michigan – April 2017 – present
Collective Art Space – Grand Rapids, Michigan – March 2017 – present
Lowell Arts – Lowell, Michigan – March 2017 – present
Dave-n-Dofe’s Everybody’s Studio – Traverse City, Michigan – February 2017 – present
Avenue for the Arts – Grand Rapids, Michigan – September 2015 – present
Private collectors in the United States.