David Soukup - mural

David Soukup

United States 1985

Urban Art, Stencil, Photorealism, Graphic Design


David Soukup
David Soukup
United States
March 7, 2017
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David Soukup is an American artist, famous for his amazing hand-cut stencil artworks that represent the urban surroundings, expressed through a balance between graphic design and photo-realism. A variety of techniques like spray paint, acrylics, graphite pencils, and paper define the interpretation of the city life. Special attention to the architecture, such as the remains of the old buildings and elements around it, is an attempt to preserve the memory on them. David’s work is the reflection of his everyday routine and a sign of his emotional relationship to the place he lives in.

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David Soukup – Palindrome No. 3, Blue

Artist’s Life and Artistic Path

The artist was born in 1985 in Chicago, USA. While pursuing a degree in illustration, David discovered stencil art with the help of two professors. His incredible almost obsessive attention to details, the precision, the determination, and the outstanding talent, were soon seen in the exploration of the new medium. The process itself includes his pictures, taken under different lighting and in specific contrast that are later manipulated and printed. The next step would be to cut them by hand and render them with multiple layers of spray paint. The final product is usually done with wood panels that were found on the street, on which layer and layer of paint, acrylic, latex, oil, plaster, concrete and other mixed elements are added to put it all together. David’s interpretation of metropolis alley’s, side streets, fire escapes and landscapes are just the manifestation of his fascination with the urban environment.

The process itself includes pictures, taken under different lighting and in specific contrast that are later manipulated and printed

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David Soukup – Vertical Escapism 11, red (Left) / David Soukup – Vertical Escapism 12. (Right)

David Soukup’s Amazing Stencil Show

The author’s latest pieces consisted of 24 large and small hand-cut stencils were displayed in 2017, as a part of the exhibition My Kind of Town at the Mirus Gallery in San Francisco. This three years long project gives the viewers the best possible insight into the secrets of Chicago and its architecture that gradually changes and goes down in history. The stencils themselves are the reflection of the city’s 20th-century charm, character, and facades that were once praised in Franck Sinatra’s famous song. This epoch will be replaced with modern and less appealing surroundings and David’s artwork will stay as a reminder of the past time. The inspiration comes from the textures, grit, iron bars, buildings, shadows, and the hidden beauty of artist’s home and everyday life experience.

Project gives the viewers the best possible insight about the secrets of Chicago, and its architecture

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David Soukup – Escape No. 36 (Left) / David Soukup – Escape No. 37 (Right)

Prize and Honors

Soukup got international attention by winning The World’s Stencil’s Prize in 2013 in Sydney, Australia, and was named a finalist in 2014 and 2015. His paintings were used in filmography, interiors, television, and commercial productions. Besides Juxtapoz, Hi-fructose, and Artist-a-Day, they also featured in many local and on-line publications. David’s incredible artwork was exhibited in various galleries around the world.

David Soukup lives and works in Chicago, USA.

Featured image: David Soukup –mural
All images courtesy of the artist

YearExhibition TitleMuseum/GallerySolo/Group
2017My Kind of TownMirus Gallery, San Francisco, USASolo
2016World Stencil Prize 2016 Tortuga Studios, Sydney, AustraliaGroup
2016Release Party: Hellbent & David SoukupLineDot Editions, Chicago, USAGroup
2016Winter Group ShowVertical Gallery, Chicago, ILGroup
2016Spring Group ShowMirus Gallery, San Francisco, CAGroup
2015World Stencil Prize 2015Ambush Gallery, Sydney, AustraliaGroup
2015Your Kid Can't Do ThisAmbush Gallery, Sydney, AustraliaGroup
2015G40 Art SummitArt Whino Gallery, Washington, DCGroup
2015SevenWhite Walls Gallery, San Francisco, CAGroup
201412×12 SquaredWhite Walls Gallery, San Francisco, CAGroup
2014An Even ElevenShooting Gallery, San Francisco, CAGroup
2014ArtmageddonVertical Gallery, Chicago, ILGroup
2014World Stencil Prize 2014Ambush Gallery, Sydney, AustraliaGroup
2013IntrospectiveEspionage Gallery, Adelaide, AustraliaGroup
2013Stencil Art ShowVertical Gallery, Chicago, ILGroup
20135 Year Anniversary ShowLong Beach Gallery, Long Beach, CAGroup
2013World Stencil Prize 2013Chrissy Cotter Gallery, Sydney, AustraliaGroup
2013Fountain Art ShowVertical Gallery Booth, Chicago, ILGroup
2013Perennial EscapismMaxwell Collette Gallery, Chicago, ILSolo
2013IngrainedEspionage Gallery, Adelaide, AustraliaGroup
2012A Cut Above IIEspionage Gallery, Adelaide, AustraliaGroup
2012G40 Art SummitArt Whino Gallery, Washington, DCGroup
2012A Cut Above IEspionage Gallery, Adelaide, AustraliaGroup
2011In The MomentLong Beach Gallery, Long Beach, CAGroup
2011Stencil World St. LouisGallery AM, St. Louis, MOGroup
2011ReconstructedBlackbook Gallery, Denver, COGroup
2011Urban ParadiseOh!NoDoom Gallery, Chicago, ILGroup
2011Out-O-The WoodworkOh!NoDoom Gallery, Chicago, ILGroup
2010From The Street To The Cube941 Geary Gallery, San Francisco, CAGroup
2009Urban Art Agenda 3Famous When Dead Gallery, Melbourne, AustraliaGroup
2009St3ncilRotofugi Gallery, Chicago, ILGroup
2009The Stencil ShowWhite Walls Gallery, San Francisco, CAGroup