Bi-coastal and multi-hyphenate, artist Dave Persue (PERSUE to his world boulevard artwork and skate or die following) is a fearsome graffiti author, muralist, creator, fashion designer, curator, and wryly subversive anti-anti-tagging activist. When as a tender guy his impossible to resist urge to make graffiti merged into an leading edge imaginative and prescient within the skateboarding design international, a love of daring graphics, kaleidoscopic colour palette, authentic characters and hyped-up town power was once born. Quickly he additionally came upon the enjoyment of architectural scale and a world mural follow ensued. Extra not too long ago, he turned into the author and patriarch of the BunnyKitty universe — a global of pals and creatures whose dazzling adventures over the city rainbow stuck the imaginations of kids of every age and their collectibles-obsessed adults. The feisty kitten wearing a paranormal bunny swimsuit’s long-awaited 2nd e book (and most definitely some epic new merch) drops this autumn, however their cheeky NFTs are, clearly, to be had now.
L.A. WEEKLY: When did you first know you had been an artist?
PERSUE: I first heard the phrase artist to explain me on the age of five (circa 1977). The artist present has run in my circle of relatives during the generations so I used to be lucky that my grandmother and mother nurtured that. I didn’t declare the identify artist till my 30s. I feel I used to be too onerous on myself at the moment in my existence.
What’s your quick resolution to those that ask what your paintings is ready?
Whether or not I’m developing artwork for BunnyKitty or my abstracts. I believe it’s essential that the paintings feels authentic. No longer best to myself but additionally to the general public. My artwork has at all times imitated my existence. I invite the target audience to observe the adventure. Every now and then I’ll allow them to take part.
What would you be doing in case you weren’t an artist?
I wish to be a musician, a skilled chef, possibly a Bodily Therapist.
Did you move to artwork college? Why/Why now not?
I didn’t attend artwork college. I used to be came upon and entered the skateboard trade as an artist on the age of nineteen (circa 1992). I discovered my crafts thru mentors on the activity and within the streets.
When is/was once your present/most up-to-date/subsequent display or undertaking?
We can be freeing e book #2 within the BunnyKitty sequence this autumn. Taking a look like DesignerCon’22. I’ve some excited BunnyKitty lovers that need to know what occurs subsequent since I launched the primary e book, The Origins of BunnyKitty, in 2016. We can additionally produce any other “Rainy Paint” display ahead of the tip of the yr. We have now been exploring Web3 and NFTs as neatly. I discovered it’s a good way for creditors to be consumers to the artists. I’ve plenty of amusing private tasks within the pipeline as neatly. I will be able to’t talk on the main points however it’s thrilling instances for my camp.
Do you concentrate to tune whilst you paintings? If that is so, what?
Always. I’ll take breaks from paintings and jam authentic songs on my bass to free up some steam. I in point of fact like any genres of tune. Kenny Rogers, Dionne Warwick, Gorillaz, Little Dragon, The Treatment and 90s Growth Bap have a unique position in my middle. Freestyle RnB. I may move on and on.
Web site and social media handles, please!
IG: @persue1 @bunnykittyofficial @wearewetpaint