Dave Dunn is known for his ability to turn anything that lands at his feet or fingertips— bike chains, tools, bolts, steel plates—into primordial creatures. His latest series has him repurposing hard metal castoffs into imaginative representations of the beings and beasts who rule the ocean depths. Characterized by spiked steel edges and imbued with a dose of mid-century B-movie curiosity, these creatures serve as a reflection of the both dangers and wonders contained below the surface of the sea.
It’s no surprise that Dunn’s creatures have a dramatic flair. Dunn spent the summers of his childhood exploring the tide lines of the Chesapeake Bay, creating sculptures from driftwood and found objects while daydreaming about what lurked beneath the waves. Dunn went on to study theater, with a specialization in prop design and fabrication. His post-graduate work in metal fabrication and welding sealed the deal, and the creatures have been crawling, slithering and swimming out of his Maryland studio ever since.
Dave Dunn’s work is represented in private collections in New York City, Key West, FL, Los Angeles, CA, Washington, DC, the Chesapeake Bay area, Paris, France, Lexington, KY, Austin, TX, The Plains, VA, Shelter Island, NY.
sponsored by Key West Butterfly & Nature Conservatory