Dark, poetic, and complex; our first artist of 2018 grew up in Liverpool, England. As a boy his imagination was forged by “a tableau of EC Horror comics, 70’s occultism and Catholic guilt”.
After honing his skills in the field of commercial art for over a decade, he turned his attention to the expression of his own vision.
In the studio he wields his brush over the fibers of his canvas with the precision and authority of a magistrate’s gavel. Each stroke of paint is laid down with studied, masterful intent. Weaving tapestries of man’s wonderment at the terror he poses to the world around him, and the terror he poses to himself.
Ultimately, he asks questions of his subjects which they are forced to answer, and in the process so are we. Inter | Sekt is proud to present our January Spotlight artist: David Van Gough.
David Van Gough is a Necrosurreal artist, using allegory and alchemy, chronicling a heightened sense of mortality, and the madness of the minds subterranean recesses. Raised in Liverpool England,in a terraced house overlooking a cemetery, his early years were colored by a tableau of EC Horror comics, 70’s occultism and Catholic guilt.
A keen scribbler, his artistic intents were fully realized upon seeing a monograph of Bosch’s Earthly Delights.
Enrolling to study at the Liverpool school of Art-upon graduating-he left for a decade as a commercial artist. However, upon the death of a friend--the third to die in a fifteen year period--what he calls a ‘cruel reminder of life’s fleetingness’, revitalized his early artistic ambitions, imbuing his work with “an emotional and spiritual excavation for purpose”
Moving to California in 2005, he became an Honoree Artist of 2010 at the San Diego Art Institute,and his work has been hosted in a succession of solo and featured showcases on both sides of the Atlantic, including major exhibits at the Oceanside Museum of Art,(SD) Stephen Romano gallery (NY), Copro and Gregorio Escalante gallery (LA) and Bash Contemporary (SF), as well as being represented by the London based gallery, Macabre.
His Hyaena gallery exhibit "Man/son and the haunting of the American Madonna" has been featured as part of the critically acclaimed documentary "Serial Killer Culture" by John Borowski, now streaming on Amazon Prime.
Currently he lives and works from his studio in Julian, CA, where he is preparing his next solo exhibit-Paradiso's Fall, to be shown at the Dark Art Emporium, March 2019.
A great specter is looming over the art world: the specter of Inter|Sekt. For far too long we have watched the artists of our generation turned into a disposable commodity, bought and sold by the galleries, stifled in their expression by the tastes of the art consultants who purchase pieces on behalf of financially minded clients who want a "solid investment".
They have been amalgamated into schools, said schools are a device of gallerists and art historians to divide and conquer the creatives and free thinkers.
For we live in a nation which thinks itself to be free yet is not, they expect the same of their artists.
Our culture has been raped and plundered by the upper echelon, picked apart and sold by the same greed mongers who claim to be it's patrons. The tool which has most effectively stunted the growth of modern American art in particular is the clever indoctrination of this idea of schools to not only the art student but anyone whom even reads a brief survey of the history of art sees that it is broken up into these categorized schools; the philosophies of these various sects creates conflict, division, and ultimately destruction of the morale and submission to the established order. Thus rendering the creative spirit confused and useless.
This helps curb the rebellious spirit of the average citizen outside of the art world in other spheres of society.
Art history is a lie and galleries are dens of thieves!
Inter|Sekt is not destroying the schools or the galleries, we are simply showing you they were never real, at least not in a world outside of that constructed by academics to sell text books to art students.
The reign of the gallerists and art consultants is over when you want it to be.
From the ashes of the indoctrinated schools of every form of art shall arise The New World Creative.
-Steven Lee Matz-
The inter|sekt manifesto
Gus Romero IV