Local Artist In Residence
18th Street Campus | 1629 18th Street #1, Santa Monica, CA 90404
David McDonald is an artist who works in both sculpture and painting. The visual qualities of his work vary, but they are connected through a belief in process and intuition as a way of developing work. He believes all things in the natural world are interdependent, and creates situations within his work where this is true. He is also a student of Zen Buddhism with 18 years of practice experience and is Abbot of the Dharma Zen Center in Los Angeles.
McDonald has received a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Pollock Krasner Foundation Fellowship, and a Fellowship from the City of Santa Monica. His work has been exhibited widely both nationally and internationally, and he has been written about in publications as diverse as the Los Angeles Times, The Wall Street Journal, the Boston Globe, Art in America, and the Santa Fean. McDonald has taught at various institutions, including the University of Southern California, California State University Long Beach, UCLA, and New Roads High School.