Dave Arcade is a Salt Lake City based Illustrator with a degree in graphic design. He chose illustration because it’s a medium that puts the odds in his favor. Where the economy of words fail, illustration is an effective form of dialogue. Over the years his style has evolved into a sort of tidy commotion. It’s the designer in him doing his best to talk down the numerous, unrelenting influences of his youth: action films, slam dunk highlights, decades of video games, the violence of Tom & Jerry, Rock and Roll, the 1980’s toy industry, Chuck Jones, swords, donuts and every registrable affection – it all demands a seat at the table and he has learned to embrace it.
As a result his pieces typically develop into a complex and absurd spectacle. Like a montage without sequence or editing. However therein lies a little bit of magic – You can sit with his work or you can leave it where you found it but when you return, you’ll find something new. Dave Arcade assembles notions to impart the strength of a brands, to build themes, unpack subcultures, explore ideas and depict events in a static montage.
He worked with some amazing brands, like Google, Nickelodeon, Adobe, Jack in the Box, Activision, Discovery Channel and Cotopaxi.