New York City streetwear and culture OG, Dave Ortiz, is infamous for his hand in skateboard, bike, and sneaker cultures. Dave’s Quality Meats (DQM), the DQM for Vans shop, and even Dave’s Wear House are all fine establishments/boutiques that bare the eclectic creative’s respective touch. Unbeknownst to most, however, is Dave Ortiz’s fine art steez. Bred in Brooklyn during the 1980’s, the artist became engulfed in the graffiti scene. Graff took a back seat to fine art, however, when Ortiz decided to develop his traditional studio practice, which eventually flowered into a form that incorporated both the street’s aesthetic and his own Henry Matisse-influenced style.
Dave Ortiz: The 20 Year Retrospective opens up this Thursday, July 11th (6PM-10PM) via ArtNowNY at 548 W 28th Street 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10001. As the title suggests, visitors can expect to see drawings and paintings from the past twenty years. The exhibition will be Ortiz’s first solo show in over a decade and will feature new works that seek to differentiate his multi-layered art from this more renowned (and straightforward) design work.