Award winning artist Dave Court is painting the town with his many talents as he kicks off 2020 with a rich canvas of opportunity.
As well as presenting a new body of work as a part of his solo exhibition Lollipop Land, Dave is co-curating several visual artists creating installations as a part of Utopia at RCC, co-designing NEON, and painting and creating artwork for several installations across Adelaide Fringe.
If that’s not enough, Dave is also assisting with production for Wonderwalls Port Adelaide, and his work can be seen all over Adelaide as the poster design winner for the Adelaide Fringe’s diamond anniversary year.
A multi-disciplinary artist, Dave works in a freelance capacity in the areas of painting, design and installation, and his reputation for quality work and vibrant designs have made him a highly sought after practitioner.
“There are so many great things happening here in Adelaide right now and I feel very fortunate to be part of so many of them,” he says.
In 2019, Dave designed and painted the biggest mural the Adelaide CBD has ever seen (City of Music Mural) and his artistic feats just keep getting bigger and better.
Winning the poster competition for Fringe’s 60th year was a jewel in the crown for the young artist.
“I’m really proud to have my artwork selected to be the poster for Fringe’s 60th anniversary. It’s a great privilege to be a part of something so iconic. I’m looking forward to the madness of the festival season and all the other projects I have in the works for 2020,” Dave says.
Contributing to several installations around Adelaide Fringe, including painted installations in and around the Fringe Club, Dave will have his festive season work cut out for him.
His solo exhibition Lollipop Land at RCC is a collection of new artwork made over the past few months, encompassing painting, video and sculptural installation.
The work is within the bounds of Dave’s colourful aesthetic, while beginning to push in some new directions, playing with ideas of digital and physical objects, and human interactions through this lens.
Dave says co-designing NEON with Creative Producer David Musch and co-curating Utopia at RCC with fellow artist Joel Van Moore is an honour.
“I feel very lucky to be working on projects like NEON and Utopia with Dave and Joel. They are very impressive creators and both projects are set to be exciting and challenging in the best ways,” he says.
Outside of Fringe gigs, Dave has been working on Let’s Be Friends with a dedicated group comprising local neurodiverse and neurotypical creatives to write, design and publish a children’s book exploring ideas of diversity and intercultural exchange.
Let’s Be Friends is based on the true story of Adelaide girl Joanne who is nonverbal and living with multiple disabilities including autism and hearing impairment.
The story follows her friendships with children who also live with disability; Dave Court is spearheading the creative direction of the venture along with project director Jung Yoon.
With so many pots on the boil, 2020 is shaping up to be another mammoth year for Dave, and this home grown clever creative has even more to come.
Lollipop Land will be held from 14 Feb – 16 March at the Cloisters, RCC, Adelaide University