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Illustrator Dave Stolte studied Studio Art at California State University Long Beach, then spent twenty-five years in the world of design doing other people’s work before finding his own voice. (Sometimes these things take a while.) Drawing on a history of physical mixed-media collage and useless Post-It doodles, his images are created using a library of paper textures, found ephemera, and photography, then digitally composed under his original pencil sketches. The inclusion of “evidence of the hand” is central to his work – torn edges, smudges, mistakes, unfinished parts – all these combine with a warm, playful, and hopeful message to bring a welcoming energy to his illustrations. His work bridges the worlds of digital and traditional media, blurring the lines between them while offering unity and wit…

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  • Born on June 29
  • Joined March 20, 2008

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About

Illustrator Dave Stolte studied Studio Art at California State University Long Beach, then spent twenty-five years in the world of design doing other people’s work before finding his own voice. (Sometimes these things take a while.) Drawing on a history of physical mixed-media collage and useless Post-It doodles, his images are created using a library of paper textures, found ephemera, and photography, then digitally composed under his original pencil sketches. The inclusion of “evidence of the hand” is central to his work – torn edges, smudges, mistakes, unfinished parts – all these combine with a warm, playful, and hopeful message to bring a welcoming energy to his illustrations. His work bridges the worlds of digital and traditional media, blurring the lines between them while offering unity and wit.

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Awards & Honors

Dave’s work has been recognized by the Society of Illustrators New York in their prestigious Illustrators 51 annual book & show for 2009, was selected for the juried 2010 ICON6 Roadshow, and was Grand Prize winner in the Cut&Paste 2010 Los Angeles competition and 2D Global Champion at Cut&Paste finals in New York City, 2011. Dave has spoken at USC Roski School of Fine Arts. His editorial illustrations are published nationally.

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Shows

“Love for Breakfast” group show, Fraülein Affair Gallery, Costa Mesa, CA, 2008
“Game Over” group show, GRSF (Giant Robot), San Francisco, CA, 2011
“#prayforjapan” group show, JapanLA/Sweet Streets, Los Angeles, CA 2011
“Art for Japan” online auction, Meg Hunt (curator), Portland, OR 2011
“Selected Illustrations” solo mini-show, Marion Meyer Contemporary Art, Laguna Beach, CA, 2011

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