Upper Playground / Fifty 24PDX gallery is proud to present the solo show of Dave Correia, “Friends in the Dark.” This show offers a wide range of pieces that showcase Correia’s unique style, curious explorations and dark humor.
Upper Playground / Fifty 24PDX Gallery
23 NW 5th Avenue Portland, OR 97209
Opening Reception Auguest 2nd, 6-9pm
Show on display through Sept 30th.
Correia is a dedicated artist who’s delicate, precise line work has manifested through the years in many mediums, from graphite to acrylics and most recently oils. It is impressive to see his monsterous visions realized in so many ways. I spoke with him a few months ago about the theme behind his show and he said, “It seems most times when I sit to draw and allow my mind to be free, with little effort the monsters and demons appear.” I am grateful for this open-hearted channeling because he often finds an inner beauty, sadness and depth in his creations.
Correia is a regular at many of the cons including the renowned San Diego Comic-Con and San Francisco’s Wonder Con. For this year’s Comic-Con, his 5th compilation sketch book sold-out over 200 copies. He recently made another run of the book and they’re now available for purchase on his website (examples below).
I have long been a fan of Correia’s and I respect that he is part of the infamous artists collective, ZeroFriends which is spearheaded by artist Alex Pardee and also boasts artists Robert Bowen and Skinner as members. (ALL of which I admire and have featured in this blog.) Correia’s painting studio is in the back of the shop and many of his works can be purchased at the brick & mortar store in Oakland, CA or online.
Below are pieces Correia created for two fantastic group shows that both encapsulate his crisp skills and wicked humor.
Piece created for a group show INLE curated by Greg “Craola” Simkins
In closing, I give you this chuckle’riffic photo I plucked off of his Instagram feed that summarizes the show’s theme. You can follow him an instagram at @davecorreia .
If you happen to be lucky enough to be in the fair city of Portland, Oregon today, I hope you will stop by and show this talented artist some love.
Congratulations Dave, it looks great!