WHO IS DAVE CAGE?
I was born and raised in the northwest region of Philadelphia, PA, a historically and creative blue-collar city, where the people wear their hearts on their sleeves. Philadelphia is a culturally diverse and rich city where artistic expression is evident and encouraged. It was here that my interest in art first began. Growing up, I had a passion for comic books, sequential art, and an appreciation for various design forms expressed through fashion, media, and graphic design. Not surprisingly, all of these have ultimately stuck with me to this day. I enjoyed viewing fine art as well and can recall an early enthusiasm in learning that art can have deeper meaning than its intrinsic appearance and can touch people in substantive ways.
My artistic interest escalated as I began to study the works of the masters and found myself interpreting and dissecting the connotation of artistic works. My creations gained new direction and insight. Desiring to take my two-dimensional works and ideas to the computer screen, I "left the nest" and earned degrees in Graphic Design from Hampton University - Hampton, VA and in Animation from Savannah College of Art and Design - Atlanta, GA.
WHAT IS SWAYZE?
During this time period I continued to travel and polish my artistic talents by taking on many freelance art projects such as logo/tattoo design, t-shirt printing, flyer/cover/one sheet design, digital illustration, painting, and others; which ultimately led to the birth of my freelance art/design business, SwayZe Ideations.
Like any artist, my many influences including my hometown of Philadelphia, it's urban, suburban and inner-city environments, at-risk youth, graffiti, Saturday morning cartoons, newspaper and Marvel comics, Hip-Hop music, education, several historical artists' works, the thrills and ills of society, etc. are embraced in my work. I take pride in the raw and biting messages of some of my creations, as these are times of needed honesty in America. I feel blessed, fortunate, and responsible in using my talent to be able to create a lane to speak for a community and culture that needs expression and does not have many avenues to do so.
Many people ask me about the derivation of my style. I can never answer with just a quick reply; I don't know that anyone understands all of life's influences on one's development emotionally or otherwise; what I know for sure is that my life experiences, interests, and the influences of great artists past and present, have led me to develop my unique style of presenting real-life (often "raw") subject matter through visually soft imagery. My work is a compilation of all that is me!
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