David ‘Davey’ Leavitt (born 1983) is a Jewish-American artist and designer based in Los Angeles, CA. Davey’s work explores the relationship between intuitive art and conceptual design, within the context of cultural narratives, duality and the human condition. Born with a genetic neurological condition as well as complex mental and emotional disorders, Davey’s work expresses conceptual themes of inner conflict, tension, resistance and surrender, cleverly masked beneath the protection of aesthetic presentation. Pop colors, playful imagery and meticulously machined material are often paired intentionally to distract from the weighted undertones behind each piece. Davey’s work aims to dismantle our cultural conditionings, more specifically our addiction to curating our external life to fit within our perception of cultural norms. His work suggests an internal struggle for transparency and authenticity, alluding to a lack of vulnerability being the primary cause of disconnection to ourselves and how we relate to society as a whole. Beyond the illusions of stability and security with which we project upon others, lies a fragile strength waiting to be uncovered.... who we are versus who we think we are, remains to be his most consistent subject matter to date.
“That’s Davey in the third person trying to sound intellectually informed on my artistic practice, so as to appease the high society of aristocratic art patrons and snooty critics within the institution. The point is, I have struggled, oh yes I have. None of which I would change, all of which has humbled me, vulnerability was the key. I have overcome debilitating hardships throughout my life, lying in the fetal position on the bathroom floor... and yet here I am, still standing, with a big ol’ smile painted across my face. Today, I am unapologetically me and I am truly happy as can be. I love you, I love me. Life is a gift... open the present.”
Davey’s practice is multidisciplinary and involves painting, sculpture, installation, collage, screen printing, graphic design, fashion design, furniture design and poetry. He is most notable for his former role as co-founder and creative director for the artist collective known as CYRCLE. (2010-2020). His artworks and murals with CYRCLE. can be seen around the world and in public and private collections including the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Puerto Rico, Shepard Fairey, Ari Emanuel and Sean Combs.
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