David Gieling was born on January the 11th, 1991. As a child his parents had divorced and he found an escape from the daily turbulence in movies, videogames, music and books.
He moved to Australia with his parents at the age of 8. Here he developed his curiosity for the world around him. He documented this in various ways. In high school he set himself apart as the ‘creative’ of the class. He applied to the Willem de Kooning Academie, but left after a year because he was not yet ready for its high expectancies.
He worked and traveled for a year. Keeping himself in shape helped to remain vigilant during this time.
During one of his travels in London, he stumbled upon the work of Frank Stockton. This would become an important catalyst in the decision to go back to the Willem de Kooning Academie.
Upon returning to the illustration course, he applied himself fully. This time around he was in better touch with his class, and had a more professional way of working. It was at this time that his perspective of the art-world broadened. Keith Haring and Jackson Pollock were inspirations to him, and helped form an outlook on and art-philosophy and culture.
Simultaneously his fascination with film and pop-culture kept expanding. He went back to watch older classics, when he met with the work of Olly Moss. These poster illustrations jumpstarted David’s inspiration for pop-culture illustration. He started to realise more ambitious projects, and they were well received.
The world around him and concepts of social responsibility now started to take hold. He felt a certain urgency when looking upon the world. He wanted to connect and interact with other artists, and out of this desire a project under the name No Diploma was created.
The idea proved fruitless on its own, but was later useful for his commercial debut.
2015 was the year in which professional strides were made. Among clients were Wink, Trouw, Brooks Running and KPN Telecommunications. He worked on branding visualisation. Commercial knowledge was gaining, and new opportunities were appearing on the horizon.
With his newfound drive, David strives to fully realise his creative potential. He is currently working as hard as possible, to simultaneously complete art school and work as a commercial designer.
His aspirations for the coming year are expanding his company and building a greater network of people he would love to collaborate with. Instead of focussing on only design and illustration, he has an outspoken desire to organise projects and lead a team of motivated artists.
(Last updated; December 2015. Photography courtesy of Julia Marino).