Dave Buonaguidi Screenprinter

Dave Buonaguidi
Dave Buonaguidi came to art very, very late at the tender age of 50 following a one-day screen printing workshop at Print Club London.
Since then he has become totally addicted and has been printing nonstop. Taking inspiration from a successful 35-year career in the advertising industry, he explores the lines between art, propaganda and messaging, combining images and words in his own unique way, with his trademark shock pink font.

Dave Buonaguidi interview

Dave Buonaguidi interview
How are you doing now?

I’m doing great now. I was sick with the virus for a few weeks, and that was really unpleasant, and once I recovered I had a bout of ‘work depression’ wheee I just couldn’t be motivated to do anything. All the fairs and shows I was doing this year we’re all cancelled, and to be honest it took a while to get my mojo back. But it’s all good now and I’m just playing the only card I have which is to create and keep busy printing .

Whats lockdown like for you?

It’s been interesting, when I got over the virus and did my two weeks quarantine, the lockdown was enforced, and I would occasionally sneak over the road to Printclub, which was totally empty for three weeks, and get back into being in the studio, and plotting my next prints. I have begun to get used to it and also enjoy it. There is less stress, time passes more slowly and we are behaving and thinking differently. I am eating better and feeling very calm. I am only buying things I NEED, I am only buying from INDEPENDENT shops THAT CARE and interacting with brands that are REAL.

Are you able to work/ where is your studio normally? What's your current set up.

I have a work room at home, where I come up with ideas and store all my shit, and I print and hang out at the shared studio space at Printclub. So I think of stuff at home and go to the club to produce it.

What projects are you working on now?

Now that my mojo is back I have an incredible energy and passion to create. The thing I’m really excited about right now is a Series I’m calling SPLAT PRINTS, where I drop balloons filled with flouro ink onto a great portrait image of a model I know called Georgia @georgiainwonderland . It’s been fun  and challenging working out how to create the splats, but I’m getting close.

Is lock down / coronavirus having an influence on your work?

I was massively influenced by the virus, ironically,  before I got it I printed 700 face masks with NO SNOGGING that we sold for a pound through jealous. I believe that art and artists have a role to play in keeping moral up., and I think it’s best to do that with a sense of humour. I thing printed hundreds of KEEP YER CHIN UP window posters that I gave away, and then I did an edition of HOME SWEET FUCKING HOME prints onto vintage blue prints. I really like to create art that bounces off the zeitgeist.

Which artists/ instagram accounts are you most addicted to now?

@callenschaub on insta with his blind prints is totally Mesmerising .

What are you listening to/ reading/ watching when you can?

Watching lots of documentaries and listening to real crime podcasts. Small town dicks is good.

And anything else you'd like to add!

Just like to end on point that any other artists might also be feeling like they have lost their mojo, please don’t be static, be able to think, make and do is a wonderful thing and as strange and  Bizarre as this whole thing is, do the thing you love ...and make.
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