The Drawn Art of Dave Velasquez
September 21- November 5, 2017
Reception – Friday, October 20 5-7pm free
Dave Velasquez is a self-taught artist highly talented in drawing and capturing popular SoCal culture with humorous insight and rendering it in the special flavor of the Oxnard-Ventura area. Dave Velasquez is a lifelong resident of El Rio, a suburb of Oxnard. For over 34 years, he has worked and owned an Oxnard construction business with projects throughout the tri-counties.
However, his passion has always been his art from doodling, designing logos, and painting & lettering trucks to creating characters and portraits. Dave became intensely interested in drawing art by way of pin-striping. Pre computer generated vinyl lettering, Dave in the 1980s found a demand for his hand lettering and logo painting in the transportation market. Velasquez has pinstriped boats, hot rods, motorcycles, vintage cash registers and even airplanes. Soon pinstriping and logo design led to portraits and sketching historic points and forgotten buildings.
Having found that his favorite medium was pen and ink, he honed his talents and networked within the art community. With demand growing for private commissions and portraits, he established a subsidiary business, Velasquez Graphics. A surprise commission from Six Flags Magic Mountain launched his work further into to designs and logos for numerous other companies: the National Parks Service, Princeton University, Six Flags Entertainment, radio stations and a variety of breweries.
For years, like many die-hard artists, Velasquez has sketched and constantly “doodled”, tossing out pages of doodles thinking of them as only a hobbyist activity for himself. Fortunately, his wife (who was his high school sweetheart) saved this black and white sketches and ink doodles, which along with the artist’s graphics and other artwork have been newly transformed into a publication.
Follow Dave and his art on Facebook or Instagram (velasquezgraphics).
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