Curriculum Vitae

  • 2017 “Ignite your Light Journey,” The Artful Space. Oro Valley, AZ.
  • 1993 “Rhapsodies,” The Muse; Los Angeles, CA.
  • 1987 “Alluvian Picnic,” Claremont Colleges; Claremont, CA.
  • 1983 “Recent Works,” Otis Art Institute Gallery; Los Angeles, CA.
  • 2023 “Arizona Biennial 2023,” Tucson Museum of Art. Tucson, AZ. Curator Taína Caragol, PH.D.
  • 2022 “The Elements – Fire,” Tohono Chul Gallery, Tohono Chul. Tucson, AZ. Curator James Schaub.
  • 2022 “Before the Monsoon,” Steinfeld Gallery. Tucson, AZ.
  • 1996 “Visual Rhythms,” Coons Administration Center, Lower Gallery, Occidental College, Los Angeles, CA. Curator Hendrix Stoker.
  • 1995 “In Whack,” Junior Arts Center Gallery, Barnsdall Art Park, Los Angeles, CA. Curator Noel Korten.
  • 1994 “Artist’s Loft,” Steele Works Art Gallery, Hermosa Beach, CA
  • 1993 “L.A. Art Project,” Temporary exhibition space, Los Angeles, CA. Organized by Brady Westwater.
  • “Coastal Abstractions,” MFA Exhibition Space, Manhattan Beach, CA. Curator Peter Frank.
  • “Masa ’93, L.A. Internationale,” El Pueblo Gallery; Los Angeles, CA.
  • 1992 “Brewery Studio Tours,” The Brewery; Los Angeles, CA.
  • 1991 “Brewery Studio Tours,” The Brewery; Los Angeles, CA.
  • “World News: Artist Respond to International Events,” The Onyx; Hollywood, CA.
  • 1991 “World News: Artist Respond to International Events,” Beyond Baroque, Venice, CA; Curator Kim Abeles, Barbara Benish & Deborah Lawrence.
  • 1990 “Brewery Studio Tours,” The Brewery; Los Angeles, CA.
  • 1988 “Emerging Artists,” Claremont Galleries; Claremont, CA.
  • 1987 “Visual Exchange,” U.S.C. Fisher Gallery; Los Angeles, CA.
  • “Fall Exhibitions,” Claremont Galleries; Claremont, California.
  • 1986 “Second Coming,” Claremont Galleries; Claremont, CA.
  • “Cross Hatch,” Biola University Gallery; La Mirada, CA.
  • “Neo-Postism,” Claremont Galleries; Claremont, CA.
  • 1985 “Selected Artists,” The Muse; Los Angeles, CA.
  • 1984 “New Works,” Otis Art Institute Gallery; Los Angeles, CA.
  • “Three New Artists,” Otis Art Institute Gallery; Los Angeles, CA.
  • 1983 “Invited Artists,” Art Store Gallery; Los Angeles, CA.
  • 1988 The Claremont Graduate School; Claremont, CA. M.F.A. Sculpture
  • 1984 Otis Art Institute of Parsons School of Design; Los Angeles, CA. B.F.A. Painting
  • Ranehag, Lena. Universal Plan. Stockholm Sweden: Forma Publishing Group, 2009
  • “Obsessiveness at the Heart of Three Exhibitions,” Susan Kandel; Los Angeles Times, 8/1/96
  • Vanessa Obten, editor. Guide to Artists in Southern California. Santa Monica: ART Resource Publications, 1994.
  • “New Eyes on New of the World,” Lisbet Nilson; Los Angeles Times, 2/17/91.
  • “Art Goes to War”, Mark Skibell; The Argonaut, 2/28/91. “Cirrus Visual Calendar 2023,” Cirrus Visual; Tucson, AZ, 2023
ARTIST ASSISTANT Jim Dine, Los Angeles, CA; Peter Shelton, Los Angeles, CA; Roland Reiss, Claremont, CA; Doug Moran, Claremont, CA; Karl Benjamin, Claremont, CA; Eric Orr, Venice, CA; James Doolin, Los Angeles, CA.

I traveled the world, explored sacred places, and searched religious and mystical traditions. The ‘intelligence’ of my hands built houses, furniture, cabinets, and coupled with my artistic personality created abstract art. The motto I’ve acquired: “Life is remarkable; be ready for surprises, and nimble for the unexpected.”

A native of Southern California, author David Collis is versed in the humanities, art and religion and holds a Master’s Degree in Fine Art.

David is an artist, photographer, carpenter, and designer of a new series of sacred symbols. He characterizes his life as a quest driven by the romance of exploration and invention.