We had the good fortune of connecting with David Morgan and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi David, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
Like many artist’s out there I feel like the creative path chose me. I’ve been making art for as long as I can remember and have found it to be a very fulfilling way to spend my time. I’ve worked many different kinds of jobs; I’ve worked in factories, hotels, stores and banks but every job was just a job. I didn’t get any real fulfillment out of working at those places; I just went so I could make money to the pay bills. Having said that more power to everybody out there that works jobs like that and enjoy it, there is nothing wrong with that. It just wasn’t my thing, when I’m representing myself and showing people my art I feel like I’m doing what I should be doing in life. Art as a career is challenging but it’s also extremely rewarding.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
My art is an amalgamation of different styles and influences that have molded me throughout my life. From Old school Ninja turtle cartoons to the Sistine Chapel I’m a combination of both and everything in between lol! Right now I am most proud of my comic book art zine named Amalgamation that I came out with last year in May. It has a bunch of different stories illustrated by me and an art section showcasing some of the unbelievable artists that reside in AZ. It was a labor of love that took a long time to put together but I’ve learned a lot from it and am looking forward to making a second installment that should be out around this time in 2021. Stay tuned for that one, there’s going to be some really interesting stuff inside of it. Getting to where I’m at today took a lot of time and art supplies. If I had any advice to give I would say to always follow what your heart is telling you. Even if people aren’t responding to your stuff and you’re still finding out your creative process just continue to do it. It’s just a matter of not stopping and as time goes on you’ll meet likeminded people along the way that will help you and become your friends. You’ll also master whatever your creative process is and be able to expand into new areas of art from the confidence and experience you’ve gained. Nothing happens overnight so enjoy the drive. The world should know I’m for the people. I use my art as a way to look at things from a different perspective as to shine a light on possible solutions. With some ars gratia artis (art for art sake) intermixed for good measure.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
If I wanted to show somebody a good time in the valley in my style the first day would consist of grabbing some bikes and cruising around downtown. Grabbing a bite to eat and coffee at Trans Am Café and then checking out a show at a local gallery like Snood City, Grand Art Haus or the Ice House Gallery. Second day would be driving around Phoenix checking out all of the murals in the downtown area. Then grabbing a drink from the Lost leaf and checking out a live show at the Crescent Ballroom. The third day would be checking out downtown Mesa grabbing a bite at Queens Pizza; going to Gotham Comics then Jarrods Coffee Tea and Gallery for some energy and inspiration. After that we would round it out by going to the Mesa Arts Center to check out who they are showing. Next day would be going to Tempe, Cruising by Casey Moore’s Oyster House to grub, drink and pee on the Blarney Stone lol. Then we would swing by Ash Ave comics followed by the Danelle Plaza to check out the bad ass public art. We would finish the night at Yucca Taproom throwing back brews listening The Moral Queers play. On the fourth day I would take them to Sedona to check out the stunning natural beauty. Maybe see if we can meditate and get some UFO’s to come visit us. We’d also check out the galleries and shops there. The fifth day would be taking a trip to Bisbee to check out the The Old Bisbee Haunted Pub Crawl and staying a night at the Copper Queen Hotel. On the Sixth day on the way back from Bisbee we would stop by Tombstone to check out the Bird Cage Theater, Boothill Graveyard and the O.K. Corral. The Seventh day would be just be us chilling making art. Maybe grab a coffee and bite from Jobot Coffee then hang out and create. Sit back listening to music and creating while having conversation about whatever comes to our minds
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
You’re so right, there are so many people that have helped out over the years. A Shout Out goes out to all of the peeps that follow me on social media or have ever met me at an art show or event. They keep me going and give me the energy and inspiration to continue to make bad ass art. I also want to give a shout out to everybody that has commissioned me for art over the years. I’m lucky to know so many cool people who always have interesting projects or things I can paint. Their continued love and support is a major driving force for me. I have to give a shout out to my Dad who was the first one to introduce me to creativity. I also have to give a shout out to these guys who have helped me and supported me in my art throughout the years bro Jason Morgan, sis Kerianne Morgan, Taylor Jensen, Chuck Wan, Ricky Ruiz, Jen Deveroux, Stephanie Howe, Virginia Senior, Kevin Jay, Tom Niesen, Etus, Drew Schermick, Hugo Medina, Lucretia Torva, David Allan Paul, Liz Apodaca, Steve Cab, Matt Brown, Jacquie Kalinowski, Corey Masanotti, Tanasa R. Daniel, Urban Land Institute, Phoenix Mural Project, Cindy Shnackel, Nikki Kriss, 11th Monkey Industries, Chuck Huss, Erik Young, Marisa Hall Valdez, Good Vibe Gliders, Margarete Beeson, Raymond Tim, David Martinez, Mrmerrkatsmarket, Contagion Media, Champ Styles, Such Style and the list goes on. There are too many people to shout out to be honest but they know who they are and I appreciate their help and support very much.
Other: Stay tuned for an official David Morgan web site in 2021. You can see my art and buy custom artwork and art gear at contagionmedia.net.
With the picture of me could you credit Desert Spotlight for that.