David McLeod is an Australian 3D artist and designer. Known for his experimental approach and the uncanny tactile quality to his work, he is inspired by the limitless possibilities that arise from a simulated, generative approach to creating.
Creating still and moving image, David’s work is driven by a curiosity for exploring new visual territories in CG. David has worked with a variety of world-leading clients, including: Apple, Nike, Dropbox, Toyota, Adobe, Wacom, Diesel, Calvin Klein, Omega, Mastercard, Canon, Greenpeace and Wired.
READ Our Q&A with DAVID MCLEOD Below
Image: DAVID MCLEOD, UNTITLED (DETAIL)
What have you been up to, what have you been working on over the last year?
We’ve moved back to Australia, bought a place, and recently welcomed a new member to the family. It’s been an amazing, but very very busy year!
Tell us a bit about your art practice and any key themes throughout your work.
My work is largely the result of experimenting within 3d procedural software. I don’t often set out with a particular end point in mind, instead I like to let the process of exploring a corner of the software inform where the work is taken. In this way exploring a curiosity tends to solidify into a visual theme. Ultimately if I’m finding the results surprising then I’m enjoying the creative process, and I feel this is always the best place to be!
How did you first hear about NFTs, what did you think and when was that?
I received a couple of emails about NFT projects in late 2020 but this was just as we were relocating. It wasn’t until early last year that I had a chance to look into it more. After having a few chats about them with friends it clicked, and I realized their potential.
Who/what are your biggest influences and where do you find your inspiration for your art?
Nature and the natural environment are a constant source of inspiration for me. I find geometry and patterns that occur in natural structures really beautiful and super fascinating. Botanical illustrations and macro photography for this reason are things I draw on pretty regularly.
Can you tell us more about the story and inspiration behind your Satellite submission?
Dissolve Resolve are a metaphor for the creative process, and how an idea can slip in and out of focus along its journey to becoming fully resolved.
How have NFTs informed your art practice?
I wouldn’t say it’s informed the work itself, however it’s certainly opened up new possibilities. Previously, my personal work could lead on to a new commission or client project. However, now these pieces can be minted and collected by anyone. So in that respect it’s changed the way that I view my personal projects as I’m sure is the case with many digital artists.
Don’t miss seeing David Mcleod NFTs at Satellite 2022
A month-long, digitally immersive and sensory experience Bringing together over 40 NFT artworks from leading influential Australian and international artists, in Bondi Beach this March.