The Fine Art of D.J. Priest
David Heatwole's third pen name is D.J. Priest. "It's actually David Johnson's (his 2nd pen name) Pen Name" say's Heatwole. Heatwole likes to engage people in more than dialog. He wants people to become immersed in the art. To this end the artist has constantly strived to make this happen without having to invest a lot of room into installation art.
"The general public just doesn't have room for an art installation so I am attempting to create environments within a painting with help from 3D technology, that allows people to get lost into another space." The illusion Heatwole is creating transcends the traditional experience of viewing art. These inventive images from his D.J.Priest series challenge the mind to go beyond what is immediately seen…to look at a different dimension of reality.
While art often inspires thought about the piece’s meaning or symbolism, Heatwole's most popular works to date inspire people to become part of the work – and to think creatively and in innovative ways.
The D.J. Priest series is made up of a variety of styles and techniques but they all point back to Energy and Synergy. These can be considered ongoing series of work.
One he calls "Pop Iconography" which tells about his personal story about coming to Christ and coming into his body of followers - the Church. It also tells about the mission of the Church.
Another is about living in the moment and seeing the world as it really is just energy and synergy - this is the work he creates with 3-D glasses.
Last and not least is a series inspired by a family of aborigines that have to do with birth, death, the journey of life, and the mystical patterns found in nature.
Watch this video about my 3-D work created under the alias D.J. Priest
Watch this video to learn more about one of the Energy shows that I have curated. This one was very unique! This is where my personal video came from.
3-D VIEW OF ENERGY AND SYNERGY
Second take on the piece "For Thou Art The True Nourishment" from the D.J.Priest Series
The two pieces below titled "For Thou ART the True Nourishment" are based on this famous painting whose brush wielder I know not. I love the painting and thought a modern day version was due even though the original painting cannot be perfected. I do like both of my versions but each one for different aspects and reasons.
NEW 2016 pieces
In 2011 after taking months to complete the 3-D "Water Lilies" painting Heatwole recalls praying for a new direction. One that would allow him to create work like the recently completed painting but a technique that would be quicker. Immediately following that prayer he stumbled upon a family of aborigines that worked with very simple tools to make works of beauty. Heatwole studied generations of family members in order to learn what techniques they used. Each family member has their own technique and style which fascinated Heatwole because they all used the same element of a sperm shaped brush stroke or dots and nothing more. After working at it constantly for nearly a year Heatwole began to go back to his own style using what he learned.
These fine fellows are actually modified wall decorations/masks from Indonesia. The man that bought this envisioned an artist adding their own spin to this already awesome carving. I got the job. See more in my other series.