David Gildersleeve began his long and illustrious (but mostly just long) art career while growing up in the great State of Texas. Comic books sparked an interest in art and became his earliest teachers - Batman being a favorite. Later he bounced around from art schools to regular colleges and back again - eventually earning an MFA degree, which led to a teaching position at The Savannah College of Art and Design in the Sequential Art department. (That's right folks… he teaches the art of telling a story through comic books).
While David remains committed to the world of comics (he is currently working on self publishing his own series), he also enjoys painting. He paints subjects that invade his subconscious, using a wonky style to help bring these images to life. Using textures and a selective palette, David creates a definite mood in his work that most people refer to as whimsical.
David has been published in several magazines including: The Mac Monitor, Comic's Pro Magazine, The Crescent Review and Playboy. He has shown at The Reston Art League, Reston, Virginia, The Undertaking Gallery, Occoquan, Virginia and at The Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, Georgia. He has sold numerous paintings and illustrations and now has his own gallery/studio in City Market, Savannah, Georgia.
David specializes in western art, humorous art, illustrations, cartoons, children's stories, and cartoon strips. He uses a wide array of media including acrylics, watercolor, pastels, pen and ink and others to create original art and prints. He has also done several comics, working for such companies as Vendetta, Gothic and Calibre. He's worked for many Hi-Tech companies such as Solunet and Integrated Digital Networks, developing logos and advertising illustrations. He's currently working on his second children's book and remains committed to getting his paintings in as many galleries as possible.
In addition to his many stupendously successful and creative projects, Dave enjoys spending as much time as he can with his talented and beautiful wife Samantha and working on classic muscle cars from the 60's and 70's.
While David is teaching, Samantha, his wife, runs the gallery as well as her own successful graphic design company. She designs business cards, newsletters, posters, flyers, books, advertisements and anything else related to the print media. She received her degree in Graphic Design from the Savannah College of Art and Design.
Since opening the Gallery, they have met many interesting people from all over the world and they hope that more people come to enjoy David's work.
Please visit the galleries to view some of David's art.