Artist, illustrator, and designer David Rice forms organic images overlaid with graphic styles to extend his branch of artistic creations. Focusing on natural landscapes and animals as primary subjects, his work is multi-dimensional, revolving around the intersections between nature and humanity. Within his newest series, High Alpine, colorful creations point towards a world of balance and coexistence as he imbues his creatures with human-like qualities to prompt one to question our role of dominance in the global ecosystem.
Growing up in Colorado, Rice established a profound respect for the natural world which has carried over into his artistic career. Within his work, the position of all animals (humans included) has been made to stand at equal heights. The series portrays wildlife in vibrant scenarios, while referencing a variety of themes; the image shown below is actually a re-interpretation of Norman Rockwell’s 1969 painting From the Earth to the Moon calling forth the feeling of community and positive goal orientation that marked this event, but through the faces of furry mammals.
David Rice’s High Alpine is an attempt to show that “instead of only a natural world existing, or one that is manmade, the two can coexist harmoniously if the dominant party yields to this cohesive existence. A balance is needed for both parties to survive.” The exhibition was recently displayed at Antler Gallery in Portland, but more of his work will be shown at the same location in the upcoming year.