David Gildersleeve began his long and illustrious art career while growing up in the great state of Texas. Comic books sparked his interest in art, and were his earliest teachers. His work writing and drawing comic books was also the beginning of his career as a professional artist. Besides working in comics, David has accepted many illustration jobs on commission, working for companies as diverse as Microsoft and The American Diabetes Association. David has also recently started writing and illustrating children’s books, while still remaining a prominent artist on his parent’s refrigerator.
Although David is committed to the world of comics and illustration, 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 an unmistakable style in his work that most people refer to as “whimsical”. His paintings can be found in several galleries across the United States and he has won several prestigious awards for his artwork. Most recently, he won first place for his original art titled "Winter Counsel" during the 57th National Juried Art Show at the Maria V. Howard Arts Center, Rocky Mount, NC.
Besides being a busy artist, David has found time to teach art for 16 years at “The Corcoran School of Art” and “The Savannah College of Art and Design”. He developed many of their sequential art courses and helped many very talented students hone their skills during his years at both institutions.
In addition to his many successful and creative projects, Dave enjoys working with his talented and beautiful wife Samantha, enjoying his ever on-the-move sons J.D. and Steven, restoring classic muscle cars from the 60’s and 70’s … as well as writing very humble autobiographies in the third person.
Sadly, David passed away in October of 2019. He will be missed!
GALLERIES OFFERING DAVID'S ART AND BOOKS:
David’s art and books are featured at the following galleries:
• A.T.Hun Gallery, 302 West Saint Julian Street (in Savannah’s Historic City Market), Savannah, GA 31401
• Art Mecca of Charleston, 427 King Street, Charleston, SC 29403
• Crescent Moon Gallery, 24 North Front Street, Wilmington, NC 28401
• Kress Emporium, 19 Patton Avenue, Asheville, NC 28801
• Quirks of Art, 1430 High Street, #709, Williamsburg, VA 23185
• Medart Galleries, 10735 Town Center Blvd., Suite 1, Dunkirk Gateway Business Center, Dunkirk, MD 20754