David Van Patten
by Dave Van Patten
Dave Van Patten is a Long Beach/Los Angeles based artist focused on illustration and comics, however this has not prevented him branching out into larger work. Van Patten is a prolific muralist, participating in the world renowned mural organization, POW!WOW! in 2016 and 2017, allowing his tiny comic drawings to span across entire buildings. The bulk of his inspiration is pulled from dark humor comics, 1960's surrealism, psychedelic garage rock albums, and modern societal absurdity. Dave has done album artwork for bands such as The Grateful Dead (Live Concert Series,) Les Claypool of Primus, Burger and Lolipop Records. His work has been published in Juxtapoz, Vice, NPR, MEL Magazine, L.A. Weekly, Intentional Quarterly, and L.A. Record Magazine. He has self-published several graphic novel "zines" and twisted “children’s books for grown ups.” Currently, he is adapting a short story from Portland-based Arthur Bradford into a full length graphic novel.