It’s not exactly the Bloods and the Crips; it’s not even the Jets vs. the Sharks; but hang around a university’s art department or the local gallery scene long enough and you’ll notice the tension — that unstated battle between the “artists” and the “illustrators.” The latter are simply hacks for hire with no vision of their own, while the former are con-men (or women) who couldn’t draw their way out of a bag. David Habben has felt the tension. He pays his bills by doing freelance illustration work, but he also exhibits regularly at Salt Lake galleries.
Habben returns to Kayo this month with a new batch of larger-scale drawings. Watch our video interview with the artist in the April 2013 edition of 15 Bytes.
The founder of Artists of Utah and editor of its online magazine, 15 Bytes, Shawn Rossiter has undergraduate degrees in English, French and Italian Literature and studied Comparative Literature in graduate school before pursuing a career in art.