As a native-born Angeleno, artist Dave Lefner has always had a love for the city around him. His work reflects a nostalgia for its aging, but unique signage, storefronts, and architecture from all Los Angeles areas, ranging from the Valley to Hollywood, to his current home of Downtown L.A.
For Dave, the beauty of this metropolis, whether it’s found in the extreme shadows cast from a broken neon sign at midday or maybe the intricate web of powerlines crisscrossed overhead, provides the perfect inspiration for his detailed, very limited-edition, reduction linoleum block prints.
Since earning his degree in Art from the California State University at Northridge, he has made it his main goal to try to document the history of LA through its urban landscape to help in the preservation of this city, especially Downtown’s historical core. Even in his chosen medium of reduction linocuts, he hopes to further his goal of preservation. Because of the immediacy of today’s world, the labor-intensive, process-oriented technique of block printing is being lost and forgotten in the face of a digital age. But for Lefner, the beautiful mystery of this process, as the piece slowly reveals itself with each new color, is worth preserving as much as his subject matter, his city- a ciudad of angels.