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Dave Proch is a Philadelphia based artist whose work includes album covers, comics, fine art portraits, landscapes and more. He first debuted ten years ago in the Dark Horse comics anthology, “Once Upon a Time machine” and has made his career rocking in multiple mediums ever since.
Here's our official interview...
What is your name?
Where are you from?
Sharon Hill, PA
What do you do?
Tell us a little about your company -
I’m an artist who mostly works in portraits, album covers and comics.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
I’m branching out a bit now in some different directions artistically. Basically introducing myself to some new audiences and see if there’s anything there that excites me. I’m striving to have as much passion as possible on every project so that means working with good people, getting paid great money and having lots of interest and curiosity about the subjects I’m tackling. I have a lot of interests so that can mean anything from Jazz to Hip Hop to film to comics to human rights to literature etc. etc. I want my work to be in museums one day so I want to stay passionate and not hit some type of artistic autopilot. So..you know…basically just follow my passions.
Who are your mentors?
I never had one artistically. I never had… like a teacher or someone take interest in what I was doing and show me the way or anything…I was left alone mostly in that way. But I did have my Jack Kirby comic books and all the music as a child I loved like RUN DMC and the Beastie Boys, all the music as a teenager I loved like the Wu and the directors I loved like Scorcese and Kubrick. Writers like Hunter S Thompson and Bukowski. Musicians like David Bowie and J dilla. Books like Down and out in Paris and London, The Great Shark Hunt, The autobiography of Malcolm X, Watchmen…..shit……The music of the great JOHN COLTRANE!!! I never had a mentor but I had Coltrane and if you’re listening right that’s all you need!
What are you currently working on?
As I’m typing this I’m painting two separate album covers for my man Toastmaster Doza’s book. I took a break to clear my head. I’ve got excerpts from a comic I’ve been writing and drawing for years called the Homecoming King coming out in about a month in my friend Rob Woods aka APlus Comix anthology he’s putting out. Finished a big…like 22’' x 30’’ landscape painting last night I’m going to do a print run of….that’s for a whole different audience…..gotta bunch of album covers from various artists dropping soon. Just working.
During COVID, we all faced struggles, what was one of your main struggles?
I think the west Philly riots because I lived right in the middle of it. You’d hear ATM machines blowing up, gunshots and explosions all around, mobs of people going through the streets smashing windows. While all this is going on you’ve still gotta do basic things like go to the grocery store or the pharmacy. Life still moves on even when it’s a war zone outside your door. West Philly had two big riots in the same six month time span right next to where I lived so I had to stay on point and take care of my people. Rough times in the city. I love west Philly so it was tough to see it suffering like that.
Where can customers purchase your artwork?
daveproch.bigcartel.com is my website where I sell my art prints but if you’re interested in commissioning me for original works or interested in something you saw on my Instagram ( that I may or not have depending on if it sold ) you can DM me on Instagram @dave_proch or send me an email through my website.
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