Dave the Chimp
After busting his monkey ass in London for a decade trying to prove how damn creative he was, Dave the Chimp realized that it’s more fun to enjoy what you’re doing than to be a star, and so, adopting the motto K.I.S.S. (Keep It Simple, Stupid) he started turning out even better work than before, often simplified to nothing more than white blobs with dots for eyes.
The simpler his work became, the more people loved it, and the space it gave them to create their own story. And as an added bonus he was happier too! A win-win situation, just like the game of love!
Since relocating to Berlin, he continues to simplify the lines while complicating the life (shacking up with a French girl, making a baby, and living in a snow-storm of German bureaucratic paperwork!) He is just as likely to be found painting huge murals as he is crawling in the dirt drawing tiny pictures on trash. Size doesn’t matter if the experience is good!
His work has appeared on shoes, socks, belts, t-shirts, skateboards, snowboards, the cover of a number 1 single in the UK, as well as in numerous books, fanzines and exhibitions world-wide. He has directed pop videos and TV commercials, danced on stage with bands in assorted costumes, and collaborated with a whole host of artists, such as Nomad, Ekta, Product Two and Flying Fortress, creating art inside and outside the gallery. A book of his solo work has been published by Publikat, and in 2010 Laurence King published a huge “street art doodle book” conceived and compiled by his hairy little paws.
Known for a colorful, naive style, with an underlying anarchic streak, his paintings look just as good hanging in museums next to Banksy, as in playgrounds in Yorkshire. And as long as it’s fun, it’s all the same to the Chimp.