That’s the sound of David J. Diamant making another piece of his unmistakable art. The FunkZone fixture has been a tireless worker and a tireless self-promoter, and his enthusiasm is infectious. Whenever I talk with David, I get excited about art and possibilities and just want to get to work.
In 2013, he briefly joined my table when I was taking part with Jonathan Crow in MCA SB’s 24 hour Dusk Til Drawn drawing marathon, and I got to see his technique up close. The pens came out and soon a piece has appeared out of the ether. His bold line and coloring makes his work pop out at various show openings around town, and recently he’s been working on cityscapes, using wood and plexiglass to create multiple layers. During FunkZone events, if Diamant doesn’t have a show inside a gallery, you can find him setting up shop on an available corner and selling art.
David’s family tree
How being positive is a conscious decision
Influences: Scott Anderson and Dan Longfellow
“Self-directed work teams” and corporate consulting
“Capitalism is awesome”
Getting the most out of Santa Barbara
Where David’s style came from
Waiting for the Muse
MCA SB’s 24 Drawing Marathon and Jonathan Crow’s Veeptopus
Why doing a series is important
Growing up in Montecito and Tony Askew
Singing in Canticle and how Phyllis Zimmerman influenced his art
Communication theory and how it pertains to art
Simple advice for the artist
Why bartending is the best job in the world
Thoughts on the FunkZone
The new plexiglass work
This was one of the first podcasts we recorded, but it’s still a good one. Boom! Thanks to Skye Gwilliam for the use of his gallery space.
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