Fine Art Today recently caught up with ascending artist David Bonagurio for a chat about his inspirations, vision, and so much more.
Fine Art Today: We’ll start generically: Tell me a little about your creative process. What inspires you, and once it hits, how do you approach the page? Do you always start a piece the same way, even if the sources of inspiration are different? How do you know when a piece is completed — is it that sense of fulfillment or that a particular experience/idea is re-achieved?
David Bonagurio: Generically, it begins with curiosity. I’ll come across something interesting, and if it sticks with me long enough, it will pull me down several different rabbit holes of “hows” and “whys.” I’ve never been a person able to let something drop after the first explanation. I have to build a conceptual understanding that I can find personally satisfying, or I’ll lose sleep. My work helps me to do that.
And, yes, that is typically how it happens regardless of the source of inspiration. My imagery comes from a kind of edited stream-of-consciousness consideration of the concept. I take mental note of all the imagery that surfaces in my mind while reading or thinking about a particular subject. Later on, I try to piece them together into a legible, interesting metaphor.
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