THE ANT COLONY - LOS ANGELES
STEPHEN J. SOTNICK (bottom photo)
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR - SENIOR CURATOR
THE ART WORK OF DAVID K. ANDERSEN (top photo)
David is the ambassador to Music City or Nashville. David who called among his friends Chet Atkins and Eddy Arnold is a virtuoso guitarist. He is himself a great story teller with his music and now his art work. He comes to this naturally, his great grand father was the great children's story teller Hans Christian Andersen.
David plays classic, country, rock and jazz all to perfection. His style has been called, smooth, cool, and honey. Eddie Arnold told David he was the second best guitar player he'd ever heard. second only to Chet Atkins.
I met David when we were starting high school. We've been friends ever since. We both traveled the same road. David loved to play but his first love was art as was mine. David was heavily influenced by Bill Young a very talented commercial artist who like all artists made his living doing commercial art but was a painter. David went to The University of Cal-State at Fullerton. We both majored in Fine Art. David was torn between his art and his music. I was made to be an artist, a designer and a Curator - Director. David made the move to Hollywood for his music. David was extremely talented and soon he was drawing the attention of major record companies with his words and his music. He was playing back up for Joni Mitchell and the like. He opened for Bruce Springsteen at the Troubadour and at performance met Joni and played back up for her after that meeting.
I had started a gallery, Los Angeles' First Downtown Gallery, The Vanguard. I was for 15 years the Chief Curator and Assistant Director. We showed David's work several times at the gallery.
One day in early spring I had a knock on my door. It was David. He was leaving Hollywood and going East to Nashville to find and make a place for himself. I kept up my art work but I went into fashion as a designer and became extremely well known. David and I have maintained our friendship. Several years back I started "The Ant Colony - Los Angeles." It is a contemporary art gallery. David had started to seriously go back into his art work. He began putting in the hours necessary to create a style all his own. Now he has. His new work is much like cut out silhouette portraits of the 19th Century. David has pushed that concept to it's extreme. Early in this new style's development he made a racial jump in concept and technique. He was doing Landscapes, very abstract in nature done in layers of colored paper, with some as deep as 15 layers. The work is difficult and requires a great deal of patience and painstaking accuracy. His simple still life's were stand outs. He started to copy "Old Master Works" The Mona Lisa, Rembrandt, Gainsborough, Van Gogh and Vermeer. During this awakening of this new style and technique David went back to something simpler but simple doe not necessarily mean easy.
David is a fixture in Nashville Music and often is the key player at major events such as the Nashville Walk of Fame. David has played for all 75 inductions to the Walk of Fame.
He has been for many years the House Musician at the Country Music Hall of Fame. David, being so active on the scene in Nashville, has made many friends in positions of power in the city. David came up with a Brilliant Series of what he calls, "The Power Women of Nashville." This is a series of cut out basic black and white silhouettes of for example The Mayor, Megan Barry and many other powerful women movers and shakers of Nashville. David is a master of this technique and he creates with his scissors a sublime body and volume that gives such a life like expression and feeling to his subjects that one is amazed. You have to see David new works to believe them. Catch his online exhibit at www.antworkgallery.com.
Stephen J. Sotnick