Hello, My name is Dax. I am a mixed media artist based in Bellevue, Nebraska. I express my artistic visions in a variety of ways; drawing with pencils and inks, painting with acrylics and used latex house paints, and constructing hand-carved frames, sculptures, and pallet furniture from salvaged lumber and scrap wood. I have been a member of the Omaha Artists' Cooperative Gallery since 2014, displaying new works monthly, and was the winner of their Emerging Artists Competition in Summer of 2014. Most recently, I have worked alongside several other artists to create a Horse of Honor in memory of Deputy Mark Burbridge, killed in the line of duty in May of 2017 in Council Bluffs, Iowa. His is the first Horse of Honor in the state of Iowa. I have pursued Art in some form or another for most of my life, and my influences are many. I’ve spent my life in the Midwest, and as a boy growing up in a small town in South Dakota, I was moved by the vast, stark plains; enormous skies, endless green fields, the wild beauty of a tornado or a snowstorm. Even now, I carry this powerful imagery in my heart and use it in some of what I do. As I grew up, I became fascinated by the art form of comic books, from the primary-colored worlds of superheros to the noir black-and-white of independant books. Today, their influence persists in my creative endevors. As a angst-filled teenager, I immersed myself in hardcore punk music and the DIY style and ethic it championed. At present, I still take that ethic to heart through my use of used materials and my self-taught “geurilla” woodworking style. In my adulthood, I’ve come to appreciate the lessens of the past, the splendor of the natural world, and the wonders of our age. From this, I find constant inspiration in Architecture, Science, and History. And the list could go on and on. I’ve taken these influences, brewed them in my brain over a lifetime, tested them in my lab, and begun to produce works that I feel display my unique perspective as an artist. With so many influences banging around in my head, my works reflect a diverse range of subjects. However, there is one thing I strive to be consistent with, that being the use of salvaged wood and paints in creating my pieces. In salvaging and using these materials, I am striving to, not only bring awareness to the wastefulness of modern society, but to also celebrate these forgotten pieces of our lives. In using old floorboards from a remodeled house, or in taking an old baby crib and using it to create a carved picture frame, I want the viewer to contemplate that these things once had a different life. There was once a child that slept in that crib, those old boards once graced a dining room floor that felt the tread of a million steps. It is my way of saying that in a world where we are so quick to abandon the old for the new, there are things in that are not, and should never be, disposable. Additionally, I feel it is a small part I can play in the future of our world, eliminating just a miniscule fraction of waste that would otherwise end up in a landfill.
Dax Curtis's ArtPrize Entries
These are Dax Curtis's official ArtPrize entries from this year and past years.
Dax Curtis's Past Work
These are images of past work that Dax Curtis has done.