David Faulk is a mixed media artist and costume designer who creates works of bizarro pop-art and psychedelic wearable textiles. David’s paintings tend toward flat, saturated color planes and simplified, almost naïve-style figures.
In our last feature of David’s surreal pop-art, we looked mainly at the artist’s paintings. I really enjoy the way these works combine a very contemporary cartoon style with symbolic tropes of classical surrealism. Figures are simplified and flatly rendered, but often distorted into fantastical shapes or combined with other objects. The resulting images have a conceptual depth that goes far beyond their simple, uncluttered composition.
I also really love David’s costume works. Often these are made by attaching numerous brightly-colored plastic objects – everything from straws to gaudy costume jewels – to otherwise ordinary garments. As David himself states, “strangeness” is one of the primary design principles that he uses in the creation of these clothes, and I must say the artist tends to be successful.