Bio

Photo by Ian Hanslope-www.ianhanslope.com

Photo by Ian Hanslope

David Van Gough is a Necrosurrealist artist originally from Liverpool, England, living and working in California.

A keen scribbler from an early age, his artistic intents were fully realized upon seeing a monograph of Bosch’s Earthly Delights. 

Enrolling to study at the Liverpool school of Art-upon graduating-he left to work for over a decade as a commercial artist and designer. However, upon the death of a friend–the third to die in a fifteen year period–what he calls a ‘cruel reminder of life’s fleetingness’, revitalized his early artistic ambitions, imbuing his work with “an emotional and spiritual excavation for purpose”

Moving to California in 2005, he became an Honoree Artist of 2010 at the San Diego Art Institute,and his work has been hosted in a succession of solo and featured showcases on both sides of the Atlantic, including major exhibits at the Oceanside Museum of Art,(SD) Stephen Romano gallery (NY), Copro and Gregorio Escalante gallery (LA) Bash Contemporary (SF) and Dark Art Emporium in Long Beach.

His Hyaena gallery exhibit “Man/son and the haunting of the American Madonna” was featured as part of the critically acclaimed documentary “Serial Killer Culture” by John Borowski, now streaming on Amazon Prime. 

In 2019, his work was used as the design for the official “Uncanny” trophy award for the Phenomena horror cine festival in São Paulo.

Currently he lives and works from his studio in Julian, CA, where he is working on the art book “Tritych-vestiges of a trilateral arc”compiling all three series from “Purgatorium” through “Paradiso’s Fall” to “Infernal the Denouement.”