David Wells is a scientist and an artist. David became a professional artist in the fall of 2011 after being inspired by the artists he connected with at the Saint Paul Art Crawl a year earlier. He listened to his inner voice to reconnect with his strong passion for art and creativity, and vowed to return to the next Art Crawl as a participating artist and show his own work, which he did. Although he was very artistic during high school, he took a break from art during years of day jobs as a research scientist in drug analysis, pharmacist, author of books in analytical chemistry, teacher, mentor and entrepreneur. Art can reconnect with a person at any time, so this “incubation period” is not unusual. When art re-emerged from within him, it exploded in a tremendous burst of creativity. Art studio space in the Jax Building in Lowertown Saint Paul provided the location and inspiration for his transformation.
David’s abstract artworks use acrylic paints and inks, and they are known for their intense color, energy and emotion. David uses his knowledge of chemistry to change variables in his artistic process. Every creation is dynamic, unique and has unexpected elements; this impulsiveness provides him with inspiration for endless experimentation. David has adapted his technique to many surfaces, including tile, plastic, glass, paper, wood and canvas. His medium is also well suited for home décor as well as traditional art-on-the-wall. David's art is one-of-a-kind and can be seen in his studio gallery in Saint Paul; commissioned works are fun and gladly accepted.
I am a scientist and an artist.
This combination of disciplines is perfectly natural to me because my creativity helps me reach new insights with my science, and my use of controlling variables as a chemist brings out new dimensions in my art. I was artistic in my high school years, attending private art lessons and being around other creative and artistic classmates. Then I went to college and graduate school, and focused on other pursuits in science, medicine and research. My Aha! moment was in fall of 2010 when I attended the Saint Paul Art Crawl and was inspired beyond words. The artistic creativity within me exploded and burst out in a major way. Exactly one year after my inspiration weekend, I turned professional and opened my own studio to the Lowertown Saint Paul community.
My art has developed into a form of painting and printmaking that uses acrylic paints and inks. The paper prints “monoprints” and the original masters (tiles, glass or art boards) that I create are full of intense color, energy and motion. I create my art by intention; each piece is made for a future buyer and when the buyer matches with the artwork an emotional connection is made. My goal is to help connect my art with the people who will benefit from seeing my work.
I feel my art can assist with healing, and also with inspiration for the future. I love to host art workshops for children and teach them how to make acrylic and ink prints - the joy and excitement they display is beyond words. The boundless beauty and infinite variety of art is inspiring to me each day. When an artwork connects with its buyer, that is the satisfaction for me of knowing that my efforts are helping others in ways that I could not have imagined.
My art continues to evolve in several directions. Now my focus is to create really big artworks and themed series. Currently I show my art by appointment in my studio and exhibit at summer art festivals. Inquiries from galleries are welcome.