About 

Originally from Aberfan in South Wales, David has lived in Addlestone, Windsor and Datchet in southern England. Since 1996, David has lived in Huntsville Alabama where he hasa  working studio in Lowe Mill Arts and Entertainment. David produces unique, hand-drawn plausible fictitious maps which he has been creating since the age of five. While David maintains the creativity and innovative spirit inherent in him since childhood, his maps have significantly improved in detail, quality and plausibility over the years. He considers himself lucky to still have some of his earliest maps, from about the age of 8 onwards.

(scroll down to see early maps)

The fictional maps are inspired by real places and the plausibility is the result of extensive research and years of experience as a cartographer. David's maps are recorded on a variety of mediums, including paper, wood, board, canvas and most recently directly on skin (as temporary art).

David offers custom maps and some full commissions that are unique and involve consultation with the customer to be able to include significant aspects, places and events of their life into a map. All family members, pets and places lived can be represented.

David was trained as a cartographer by the British Government’s Military Survey mapping agency from the age of 16 and has worked in GIS, software implementation, customer training and software design (within Public Safety) for Intergraph/Hexagon in Huntsville and InterAct (North Carolina). He performs Public Safety GIS consulting services, mostly travelling to customer sites to assist with their mapping workflows in addition to the artwork.

Awards:

Monte Sano Art Show Merit Award 2010

Eufaula Art Show 1st Place 2011

Monte Sano Art Show Ruby Speed Award 2011

 

Other/publications:
TEDx Huntsville – TED Talk  “Cartocacoethes”, 2015

Al.com “9 artists to follow on Instagram 2015”

AAA Magazine feature about Lowe Mill, 2015

British Cartographic Society cover story “Art of Cartography”, 2016

Huntsville Times newspaper – front page article, 2016

PechaKucha: Chattanooga Speaker, 2016

TBEX Speaker, 2017

Samantha Brown’s Places to Love TV show (PBS) – 2018

Tennessee Writers Conference, keynote speaker, 2018

American Advertising Federation, keynote speaker, Huntsville, 2018

NACIS (North American Cartographic Information Society), speaker, 2018, 2019

WLRH (NPR Huntsville), interviews 2018

WLRH (NPR Huntsville), series discussion: The Perception of Women, 2019

FIT (Fashion Institute of Technology) Artist in Residence, 2019

Exhibitions:

Alabama Calling group show 2013, Auburn, Alabama

Red Clay Survey – Huntsville Museum of Art exhibition 2014, Huntsville, Alabama

Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment – “Fragments” solo show 2015, Huntsville, Alabama

Magnificent Maps (David’s art was the inspiration for the show) 2016, Fort Wayne, Indiana

Royal Academy of Art - Summer Exhibition 2016, London, U.K.

Mountain Valley Arts, 2018, Guntersville, Alabama

Maps Everywhere - New Jersey City University, 2019, Jersey City, New Jersey

 

Early Maps

David still has maps he drew when younger.

Here is a selection of some of the early fictional places created.

Lospon. Drawn at age 8.

Denton. Drawn at age 15. Part of a 30 sheet map set in southern England.

Londus. Drawn at age 15. All 30 sheets (A4 paper) of the map set in southern England.

Bridham. Drawn circa age 16.