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
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
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
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