American urban artist

Dave Kinsey

United States 1971

Dave Kinsey
Dave Kinsey
United States
January 17, 2014

Dave Kinsey was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in 1971 and attended the Art Institute of Pittsburgh and Atlanta before moving to California in 1994 to pursue a career as a designer and fine artist. His work attempts to capture the universal essence of the human condition mainly through a symbolic portrayal of contemporary life. Utilizing a range of mediums, he constructs multi-layered, textured environments that echo the complexities of our existence.

His fine art has been shown in galleries and museums worldwide and has been featured in local and international print and online publications from: The New York Times and Washington Post to Hypebeast and Widewalls.

Among many varied art and design accomplishments, Dave Kinsey was recently selected to participate in an international Absolut artist campaign leading to the commissioned design of a signature Absolut Vodka bottle, following his being chosen, in 2012, as the 33rd annual artist in the esteemed Kenwood Vineyards Artist Series.

In 1997 Kinsey founded the design studio BLK/MRKT, working with clients such as Nike, Apple and DC Shoes. In 2001, the company expanded to add a fine art gallery and BLK/MRKT Editions. BLK/MRKT is currently launching a new clothing and lifestyle brand, BLK/MRKT Original.

YearName of the exhibitionMuseum/GallerySolo/Group
2014Library Street Collective, Detroit, MIGroup
2013Direct Address Joshua Liner Gallery, New York City, NYGroup
2013 A Study of Eyes Backwoods Gallery Group
2013The Hounds of LoveCella Gallery, North HollywoodGroup
2013Black/ WhiteFecal Face Dot Gallery , San FranciscoGroup
2013"Casa Grande"The Trace Gallery, Zurich, ZurichSolo
2013The Future is NowThe Highline Loft, New YorkGroup
2013MINDSET artworks by Mambo + guestsLacen Project, Los AngelesGroup
2013"12 Days of Christmas"Lazarides Gallery, London, EnglandGroup
2013"Out with the Old"Library Street Collective, Detroit, MIGroup
2013"VII"StolenSpace Gallery, London, EnglandGroup
2013“Small Works Project”LSC x Benetton, Venice Biennale, Italy Group
2012Everything at Once Joshua Liner Gallery, New York City, NYSolo
2012Winter Group ShowFecal Face Dot Gallery, San FranciscoGroup
2012Pangea Seed - The Great West Coast Migration Art Tour & Film FestivalThe ARTery Gallery @ The LAB , Costa MesaGroup
2012The Great West Coast Migration A Benefit for Sharks and OceansLeBasse Projects , Culver City, CaliforniaGroup
2012Australia’s “Kingbrown Magazine” Launch and Opening Exhibition Klughaus Gallery, New YorkGroup
2012Sea No Evil SArt Show 2012Riverside Municipal Auditorium, RiversideGroup
2012Lost For WordsFecal Face Dot Gallery, San FranciscoSolo
2012"Space/Form"Breeze Block Gallery, Portland, ORGroup
2012"Faraway So Close"Cultural Art Exchange, Bordeaux, FranceGroup
2012Los Angeles, CAArrested Motion presents "City of Fire"Group
2011Paris Forever 100th exhibition of the gallery Galerie Magda Danysz, ParisGroup
2011The Future Is Not What It Used To Be LeBasse Projects, Culver City, CAGroup
2011Summer Group Exhibition 2011 Joshua Liner Gallery, New York City, NYGroup
2011PULSE Los Angeles 2011Joshua Liner Gallery, New YorkGroup
2011Hall of FameDavid Bloch Gallery, Morocco Group
2011HiArt Auction and Gala benefitHaunch of Venison, New YorkGroup
2010Dave Kinsey-New Works  Joshua Liner Gallery, New York City, NYSolo
2010Never Judge...?  Stolenspace Gallery, London (England)Group
2010Senses Working OvertimeStudio X, SacramentoGroup
2010"We Dream In Colors"Yellow Pants Gallery, Lisbon, PortugalGroup
2010"Art From The New World"Bristol Museum, Bristol, EnglandGroup
2010"Asahi Silver+Black"Ambush Gallery, SydneyGroup
2009Beg to Differ  BLK/MRKT Gallery, Culver City, CASolo
2009Summer Group Exhibition  Joshua Liner Gallery, New York City, NYGroup
2009"WHAMMY!!"VASF Gallery, San Francisco, CAGroup
2009"15 Year Anniversary"New Image Art, Los Angeles, CAGroup
2009SCOPE MiamiJoshua Liner Gallery, NYGroup
2008Dave Kinsey - You Are Here* Alice Gallery, BrusselsSolo
2008Holy Sh*T Lazarides Gallery, London (England)Solo
2008The Big Last Minute Art ShowStudio X, New YorkGroup
2008"FAME"Grottaglie, Puglia, ItalyGroup
2008"Postcards From the Edge"Metro Pictures, NYGroup
2008NEXT Art Fair ChicagoKinsey/DesForges, Los Angeles, CAGroup
2007Sure, Why Not BLK/MRKT Gallery, Culver City, CASolo
2007Dave Kinsey Kinsey/DesForges Gallery, Culver City, CASolo
2007BMG Artists' Annual IIBLK/MRKT Gallery, Los AngelesGroup
2007Slick Art FairAlice Gallery, Brussels, BelgiumGroup
2006Dave Kinsey Alice Gallery, BrusselsSolo
2006Enviromethodology Stolenspace Gallery, London (England)Solo
2006"Enviromentalistic II"ALICE Gallery, Brussels, BelgiumSolo
2006"Electric Wasteland"Montserrat Gallery, Beverly, MAGroup
2006"Keep-A-Breast Charity" Receiver Gallery, San Francisco, CAGroup
2006"BMG Artists' Annual I"BLK/MRKT Gallery, Los Angeles, CAGroup
2005"Enviromentalistic"Boon Gallery, Salem, MASolo
2005"Keep-A-Breast Charity"The Lab101 Gallery, Culver City, CAGroup
2005Tsunami benefit exhibitionHalcyon Shop, Brooklyn, NYGroup
2004"Ill Communication II"Urbis Museum, Manchester, EnglandGroup
2004"Beautiful Losers"Yerba Buena Arts Center, San Francisco, CAGroup
2003Dave Kinsey BLK/MRKT Gallery, Culver City, CASolo
2003Dave Kinsey Kinsey/DesForges Gallery, Culver City, CASolo
2003Winter Group Show 2006 Stolenspace Gallery, London (England)Group
2003Electric Wasteland: Urban Art from L.A. Montserrat College of Art Gallery, Beverly, MAGroup
2003BMG Artist' Annual 2006 Kinsey/DesForges Gallery, Culver City, CAGroup
2003"Decipher 2.0"NY Arts Gallery, New YorkGroup
2003"Modart03"Alte Chemie, Munich, GermanyGroup
2002"Sk8 On The Wall"Nagayo Parco Museum, Tokyo, JapanGroup
2002"Streetwise 1"Apart Gallery, London, EnglandGroup
2002ORCompound Gallery, PortlandGroup
2002"The Four Horseman"Revolutiones Gallery, Denver, COGroup
2001"Message From The Soul"Magda Danysz Gallery, Paris, FranceSolo
2001"Arkitip Exhibition 002"Alife, New YorkGroup
2000Poster Renaissance New Image Art Gallery, West Hollywood, CAGroup
2000381G Gallery, San Francisco, CASolo
1999"New Works"ARO.SPACE Gallery, Seattle, WASolo
1999La Panaderia Gallery, Mexico CityGroup
1998"Survival"Army Street Gallery, San Francisco, CAGroup
1997"BLK/MRKT Group Show"IP Gallery, San Diego, CAGroup
1994"Urbanistiks"Underground Gallery, Atlanta, GAGroup