David Kammerzell | "Cabaret Cowgirl "
Artist: David Kammerzell
Title: Cabaret Cowgirl
Available sizes: 12 x 12" and 24 x 24"
Medium: Reproduced onto 100% 290gsm cotton rag premium Moab Paper
About the work:
"Cabaret Cowgirl started out as all of my cowboys and cowgirls do- with a historic vintage image. I found this wonderful shot of a cowgirl but don't know anything else about it. I loved her outfit, but I was looking for someone a bit softer and sexier for this piece. Enter Louise Brooks. I tried photoshopping an old photo of silent film star Louise Brooks to the cowgirl and instantly I loved the cabaret vibe. In the original photo what was happening with her right hand also wasn’t clear, so I asked my wife to hand model for me holding a cigarette holder. With a bit more composting of her right hand the cabaret look was complete. After I added the background pattern I felt I was ready to start painting." - David Kammerzell
David Kammerzell was born in Houston, TX but was raised and lives in Denver, CO. He attended Arizona State University and Metropolitan State College in Denver studying Fine Art. In the mid '80's he began a career as an illustrator. He had many clients including Coors, Playboy, and Keystone Ski Resort. In the early 90's he began working in television creating graphic animations for CBS Channel 4 in Denver. Three years later he moved over to Starz, a premium cable network that has more than 17 channels. David received many industry awards there including regional Emmys. He was promoted several times, eventually to the Department Head. During all of that time David painted on the side whenever time would allow. Early in 2013, after nearly 20 years at Starz, he left his position there to pursue painting full time.
Kammerzell paints objects, landscapes, figures, and collage-type imagery infused with a distinctly romantic air. He seeks to put the viewer in a time machine, but one where the boundaries of memory and longing are blurred. Is that the way it really was? Or do we wish to remember it that way?
All of his paintings are grounded in visually strong compositions and executed in vibrant colors. He is influenced by pop culture and the great illustrators of the early 20th century. Either overtly or subtly, these influences are usually prevalent. His work often includes the juxtaposition of natural and man-made environments.