We’re in a constant process of connecting past and present. It’s so instinctive that we don’t even recognize that we’re doing it, which is why I wanted to slow that process down and look at it again. We’re all haunted by something.

David van Eyssen has worked as a creative director, writer and director in advertising and entertainment for over twenty years, receiving numerous awards, extensive press coverage and industry recognition. He is best known for his pioneering contribution to online video, interactivity and brand integration (see: BMW Films: The Hire and RCVR) the earliest iterations of which preceded Amazon and Netflix by over a decade.

In treatment for advanced melanoma in 2014, David experienced periods of memory loss and a heightened sensitivity to light and sound. After receiving a book of family photographs collected by a relative who suffered from Alzheimer’s disease, David began work on a sequence of still and moving images which he called the 61 Series. As the work developed — and with the introduction of video and 8mm footage — David found himself connecting two decades of filmmaking in Los Angeles with his early years as a painter in London. David continues to incorporate his experiences of altered time and fragmented perception in a series of meditations on love, loss and survival designed for screen and projection display, and as large-format inkjet works.

In conjunction with the head of cancer medicine at MD Anderson, Dr. Patrick Hwu, David is developing An Innerspace Odyssey, a virtual reality experience that visualizes the epic drama between cancer and the immune system. This project, which is being designed for permanent exhibition at Houston’s Health Museum, also provided the stimulus for the development of an advanced diagnostic tool that uses both virtual reality and machine learning to achieve better outcomes for patients.

David had his first exhibition at Goldsmith’s College of Art at 14. A decade later, after a chance meeting with Francis Bacon, he began painting professionally and was offered his first one-man show, BookWorks, in London’s West End. Co-founding Free Trade Wharf, a 20,000 sq. ft. studio/gallery in London’s Docklands, David transitioned from painter/sculptor to installation artist. In his recent work, David returns to his original love of painting, although the tools he uses to create his images have transformed — exchanging brush for stylus, and pigment for pixels.