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Meet the artist – David Gee

For the last few years we’ve covered a large majority of the independent food and drink scene in Sheffield but it is now time to spread our wings.

Art budgets are shrinking year upon year. As if it wasn’t already hard enough to get your work noticed in a big city, the world of art is in a transitional period. In Sheffield there are lots of craft fair vintages, there are etsy shops but more can be done. We’re going to develop a new series called “Meet The Artist”, a mini insight into local artists throughout Sheffield and a chance to showcase their talents to all of you. First up we have David Gee.

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Tell us about yourself, how did you get into art?

I’d never studied art, apart from the small amount you do up until Year 9, but I would always doodle and cover my schoolbooks and sketchbooks with loads of patterns and characters. So I knew I liked to draw but never thought I would do it for a career. Then when I lived in Berlin for a short while, I started exhibiting and realised people actually liked my work and it went from there really.

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What does art mean to you?

I just see Art as a way of expressing yourself. Also for myself I enjoy the process of making art as it involves switching off, zoning out and doing something I enjoy.

How important is it to support local independent artists?

Very important. Artists can’t survive without the support of local people and businesses. Thankfully in my experience people have been very willing to support their local scene and artists.

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What piece are you most proud of?

Hmm difficult one. Possibly the first mural I did which was in Lo Shea’s studio. It was just a massive geometric trippy piece and it’s so much harder than anything I’d done before or since. 

If you had some advice for budding artists, what would it be?

Work really hard, share your art with as many people as you can and keep on being creative.

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What’s next for you?

I’m going to try and get my work on more products throughout the year to expand my online shop and get my products in more shops. I’m going to do doodle maps of more UK cities to try and expand my appeal a bit more. I’d like to keep on producing murals all year as they are my favourite jobs to do. I would also like to exhibit some more experimental pieces if I have time.

What else should we know about you?

I have a bit of an obsession with Pandas and they are dotted around in quite a few pieces.

You can view and buy David’s work on his website shop here. Keep up to date with him on FacebookTwitter and Instagram or you can even email him on davedraws90@gmail.com

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