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Davey Whitcraft

  • 480 Gate 5 Rd, Sausalito, CA 94965, USA
  • 101

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About The Artist

Artist Statement

Davey Whitcraft’s practice is centered on the creation of light and sound landscapes, spanning a range of media from video, digital prints and sound installation. The articulation of the contextual ambience of specific environments is a primary concern for Davey. The work draws upon the American West’s vast visual landscapes of expansive color and atmosphere. This aesthetic sensibility is utilized in exploring new contexts and locales, and in the hunt for a sublime color, or a sound palette, hiding in a natural or a man-made environment.


The work embraces the technical rather than rejecting it. Davey uses digital and technological innovation to expand upon the idea of seeing. This affords an extreme depth and precision to color and gradients that are all but impossible with traditional media. While Davey’s practice is informed by the traditions of the Light and Space works of the 1960s, he uses hyper-contemporary tools and methods – 4k video capture and projection, high resolution dye sublimation printing on fabric and paper and multi-channel digital sound technologies.

The colorfields, video environments and sound works are radically abbreviated in terms of detail. Recognizable references are highly edited or removed altogether, allowing the viewer to experience pure color, light and sound. Across all media, Davey holds the experience of light and dimension to be at the center of his practice, and is a reflection of a search for the infinite and immaterial.


Davey Whitcraft holds an MFA from University of California Los Angeles and a BFA from California College of the Arts, San Francisco, California. His work has been included in museums including MOCA in Los Angeles, California, SF MOMA, LA Architecture + Design Museum, San Luis Obispo Museum of Art, Godwin-Ternbach Museum NY, Museum of Architecture and Design in Ljubljana, Slovenia and exhibitions including Subliminal Projects Los Angeles, California, 323 Projects Los Angeles, California, Rietveld Art Academy Amsterdam, Netherlands, One-Off Moving Image Festival Copenhagen Denmark, Yami-ichi Brussels, Belgium, London West Gallery London, England and the Leap Second Festival, Norway.

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Acrylic Paint, Digital Art, Mixed Media, Photography, Prints and Printmaking

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Exhibitions & Press

Group Exhibitions

All Clouds Canted, Gallery 111, Sausalito, CA
The Wrong Biennale #5,
Leap Second Festival,
60 Seconds Festival, Copenhagen, DK
One-Off Moving Image Festival, Copenhagen, Frederiksberg, Køge and Helsingør
Words Without Translation, Dzine Gallery, San Francisco, California, two-person show
Aardvarks in Reykjavik, Atlantic Gallery, New York, New York, two-person show.
Art in the Time of Corona Volume 2, DAB Art, Los Angeles, California.
Las Laguna Gallery, Laguna Beach, California, Sky’s the Limit
Exhibizone, Smart Gallery
Atlantic Gallery, New York, New York, In Conversation
311 Gallery, Raleigh, North Carolina, All Abstract, Juried Show
The San Luis Obispo Museum of Art, A Digital Art Salon, Curated by Michelle Robinson
Contemporary Art Projects USA, Art Basel Miami Week 2020, Art Under Covid-19.
Art Students League New York, Linea: Quarantine 2, curated by James Little
#bienniale.NO, The unbearable lightness of internet, organized by noemata (Bjorn Magnhildoen, Zsolt Mesterhazy)
Browserbased, Rietveld Art Academy, Amsterdam, Netherlands.
Yami-ichi, Brussels, Belgium.
Kulturnatt, Copenhagen, Denmark. Curated by Stora Götafors and Charlotta Eidenskog.
Godwin-Ternbach Museum, Queens, New York.
Libre Graphics Culture and Practice, London West Gallery, London, England.
Pushing the Press, Architecture and Design Museum (A+D), Los Angeles, California. Curated by Stephen Child and David Mayes.
I LOVE YOU (collaboration with Ana Llorente) at Talleres Publicos/Big City Forum, Pacoima, California. Curated by Leonardo Bravo.
0p3nr3p0, Singapore.
Leap Second Festival, Norway.
Typo San Francisco, California. Curated by Kali Nikitas and Erik Spiekermann.
BIO 23 Design Biennial Ljubljana, Slovenia, 2012. Curated by Margo Konings and Margriet Vollenberg.
Hot Town, 323 Projects, Los Angeles, California. Curated by Tucker Neel.
October Surprise, 323 Projects, Los Angeles, California. Curated by Tucker Neel.
Fake Record Covers, Strangeways Academy, Los Angeles, California. Curated by AIGA Los Angeles, OTIS Chapter.
Art in the Streets (as part of Bill Daniel artwork) Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, California. Curated by Roger Gastman.
ReThink LA, Architecture and Design Museum, Los Angeles, California. Curated by Kellie Konapelsky.
London Anti-Design Festival, London, England. Curated by Neville Brody.
Park Life, Subliminal Projects, Los Angeles, California. Curated by Shepard Fairey/Studio Number One.
CCA@100: Innovation by Design, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Curated by Douglas Burnham.
Eisner Museum, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Evomusart: Budapest, Hungary.
Lost in Border, New Wight Gallery, Los Angeles, California.
Los Angeles Times and The Path of a Butterfly Sometimes Deviates added to Rhizome Artbase.

Extromission, San Francisco Arts Commission.



Faculty Development Grant, OTIS College of Art and Design, Los Angeles, California.



2017-2021 Ph.D. candidate (ABD, expected completion 2021), Philosophy, Art, and Critical Thought, European Graduate School, Saas-Fee, Switzerland.
2004-2006 M.F.A. Design | Media Arts,  University of California Los Angeles.

1999-2003 B.F.A. Design, California College of the Arts, San Francisco, California.

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For me, the art happens more in the head than in the canvas

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