David Fleming has been doing art in one form or another all of his life. After graduation from San Jose State University with a B.S. in industrial design, he went to work for Ford in Detroit as a car stylist, his most notable success being the rear-end of the '69 Mustang. After two years he returned to California to work for Lockheed as an off-road vehicle designer. He spent a year in Stuttgart, Germany, working for Porsche, designing cars, helicopters, and an odd assortment of transportation devices. Returning to the USA, he put in a few more years at Lockheed and in 1974 decided to return to school to study painting. Two years later he left industry to devote himself to teaching and painting.
He has had 11 one-man shows at Dancing Man Gallery in Santa Cruz. He's also shown at Los Robles Gallery in Palo Alto, the Union and the Luggage Store Galleries in San Francisco, and the Henry Miller Library at Big Sur. He has participated in the Santa Cruz County Open Studios yearly since 1996, and has also had numerous recent shows at Community Chest Treasures in Santa Cruz, the Pacific Grove Art Center, Santa Cruz County Government Building, Santa Cruz Art League, Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History, Smith Gallery at UC Santa Cruz, Stone Gallery in Oakland, and Pajaro Valley Arts Council Gallery. He taught art and design at San Jose State University for 35 years before retiring in 2002.
He finds the process of design and the process of painting to be very similar; you are solving aesthetic problems in both cases. With painting, the problems are mainly subject, composition, and color. He generally starts a painting with a few things in mind but soon the painting takes on a direction of its own and is filled with surprises -- that's the fun of it.
His show at Coffee Cat is an entirely new gathering of work.