Please contact the artist for information about sales of original paintings and prints.
Prints are available in a range of sizes and materials.
The prices of original paintings are based on size and complexity of the piece.
Telephone: 1-510-219-3901
Email: DaveDatsuzoku@gmail.com


The innovative fusion of nature and technology is my expression of the world today.

"Datsuzoku" is a principle of Zen aesthetics, signifying an unconventional breakthrough, an escape from the mundane, or transcendence from the ordinary. It is the feeling of surprise, freedom, and amazement, an awakening from which creativity and resourcefulness emerge.


Dave Datsuzoku, aka Dave Platford, was born in Oakland, California on April 5, 1978. He began drawing and painting while on safari in Kenya at age four. The magic of the wilderness planted seeds of inspiration that would later grow into full bloom. Years later, his pursuit to see the world brought him back to Africa where the ancient landscapes, wild animals, and rustic village scenes compelled him to get serious about art, finding ways to manifest his vision. Upon finishing his studies of environmental studies at UC Santa Cruz in 2000, he launched into a backpacking journey all over India, and then to the mountains and temples of China, Japan, Vietnam, as well as to the desert landscapes and historical sites of Egypt and Morocco. At the Academy of Art University he studied the traditional and contemporary oil painting techniques of Realism, Pop-Art, Abstract Expressionism, Surrealism, Graphic Design, Street Art, Eastern Aesthetics, New Media and Motion Graphics. Ultimately he went his own direction, developing a unique poetic visual language with paint. Dave is currently living in Hawaii raising his daughter Akala, sharing his love of nature and contemplating the essence of life.


Datsuzoku, Cafe 817, Oakland, California
Datsuzoku, DG717, San Francisco, California
Land Escapes, Galvanize Cafe, San Francisco, California
Land Escapes, Brown Couch Cafe, Oakland, California
Land Escapes, Hotel Biron, San Francisco, California
New Paintings from China, Cafe 817, Oakland, California
Land Escapes, Rockridge Library, Oakland, California
FM Gallery, Oakland, California
East Bay Open Studios, 11th Street Oakland Studio, Oakland, California
Equilibrio Wellness Grand Opening, Oakland, California
New Paintings: MFA Thesis Show, Gallery 79, Academy of Art University, San Francisco, California
Worldscapes: India & China, Giorgi Gallery, Berkeley, California
Freeways Unlimited, Kaiser Permanente, San Francisco, California
Land Escapes 3, Academy of Art Univ. MFA studios, San Francisco, California
Land Escapes 2, Louis Siegriest Exhibition Hall, Oakland, California
Land Escapes 1, Asian Rose, Santa Cruz, California


Kohala Coast Fine Art, Waikoloa, Big Island, Hawaii
The Exhibit Gallery, Hilo, Big Island, Hawaii
Flow Festival, Kapoho Green Lake, Big Island, Hawaii
Symbiosis Gathering, Woodward Reservoir, California
Great North: Music & Arts Festival, Minot, Maine
We Are The Bridge, Osher Marin JCC, San Rafael, California
Tokyo International Art Fair, Tokyo, Japan
How Weird Fair, San Francisco, California
Bicycle Day, San Francisco, California
Clio Art Fair, New York, New York
Gem & Jam Festival, Massiflux Mural Team, Tucson, Arizona
Expressions Gallery: Our Many Cultures, Berkeley, California
Symbiosis Gathering, Woodward Reservoir, California
Wanderlust, Squaw Valley Tahoe, California
Oakland Art Murmur, Oakland, California
We are the Bridge Interfaith Art Exhibition, ICCNC, Oakland, California
Oakland Art Murmur, Oakland, California
Arab Heritage Celebration, SF City Hall, San Francisco, California
Indie Awards After-Party, Oakland, California
My Groove Design, Oakland, California
Triton Museum, Santa Clara, California
Lightning in a Bottle Festival, Los Angelos, California
Sea of Dreams, Concourse Pavilion, San Francisco, California
3 Perspectives, 11th Street Studio, Oakland, California
Creativity & The Spiritual Path, Barakah Life, San Jose, California
Euphrat Museum of Art, DeAnza College, Cupertino, California
ContemporaryLandscape, 11th Street Oakland Studio, Oakland, California
Gallery 599, Sausalitto, California
The Artist Project: Exhibition, Chicago, Illinois
Grand Opening_1, 11th Street Oakland Studio, Oakland, California
Bay Area Landscapes, Giorgi Gallery, Berkeley, California
Emerge, Gen Art SF, San Francisco, California
The Big Bang Art Show, Academy of Art University, San Francisco, California
Art for Kids Sake Auction, Presidio Hill School, San Francisco, California
The Big Bang Art Show, Academy of Art University, San Francisco, California
Bay Area Landscapes, Giorgi Gallery, Berkeley, California
Academy of Art Spring Show, Academy of Art University, San Francisco, California
As Above So Below, Academy of Art Univ, San Francisco, California
Academy of Art Winter Showcase, Academy of Art University, San Francisco, California
The Big Bang Art Show, Academy of Art University, San Francisco, California
Abstract Painting Group Show, Academy of Art University, San Francisco, California
Landscape Painting Group Show, Academy of Art University, San Francisco, California
Artisans Gallery, Mill Valley, California
Mixed Media Group Show, ProArts Gallery, Oakland, California
Hopi Prophecy, ProArts Gallery, Oakland, California
Mythology & Fantasy, Artisans Gallery, Mill Valley, California
New Student Expo, CCAC West Gallery, Oakland, California
Spring Art Show, UC Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, California


MFA, Academy of Art University, San Francisco, Ca. 2003-2008
BA, University of California Santa Cruz, Ca. 1996-2000

Oakland Unified School District, Oakland, Ca. 2014-16
Living Arts Kinetic Experience (L.A.K.E.), Oakland, Ca. 2009-16
Averroes Institute, Fremont, Ca. 2012-13
St. Elizabeth High School Art Dept., Oakland, Ca. 2009-2011
Mobile Digital Arts, Pearson Foundation. 2006-2008


I.C.A. Publishing, 9th Volume International Contemporary Artists 2014 (http://www.incoartists.com/Vol_IX/index.html)
Interview with Michael Corbin, October 2014 (www.artbookguy.com/interviews_364.html)
Art Bridge Across Faith and Conflict, Baymosaic (http://baymozaic.com/art-bridge-across-faith-and-conflict/)
Undercoat (http://www.undercoat.net/david-platford-land-escapes/)
Art 4 Bitcoin, July 2014 (http://www.art4bitcoin.net/david-platford/)
ArtBusiness.com, October 2007 (http://www.artbusiness.com/1open/firstth1007.html)
East Bay Express, September 2007, "New Paintings"
Fine Art Connoisseur, February 2006, En Couleur: Plein Air Painting in China. p.29
PSPrint, 2006 Calendar: Paintings by David Platford

Interview with Michael Corbin, October 2014

MICHAEL: Hello David, Your work is very intriguing.  It combines so many things: animated landscapes, architecture, figuration and in some of the works, a photographic quality.  It also seems geo-political and very environmentally-oriented.  Are you thinking about all of these things while you're creating?

"Yes, there is definitely an environmental awareness that inspires my art. I love exploring the world, and I must give credit to my mother who showed me the ropes, hitch-hiking on the hood of a tractor in the middle of Turkey, camping in the mountains of Nepal, and we even drove all the way from South Africa to Kenya. I went super deep into some of the most remote parts of world, and so naturally my soul was met with the challenge of trying to figure out how to express my vision. I got serious about landscapes when I was a teenager hanging out in Ethiopia and Kenya, at that time it was daily practice with just pencil and paper to render the rustic village scenes. A few years later I found myself adventuring all over India with my paint box. Painting became a method of communication for me, a way to reveal an essence that is beyond words."

MICHAEL: What have you learned from traveling?

"Where there is a will, there is a way. I'm always curious to see what's around the corner, or the view from the next mountain top. Recently I backpacked all over China searching for scenery. After a few days of bicycling around Beijing, I took a bus to Datong and the Hanging Monastery of Hengshan. Wow, it was amazing to see the way the structures cling to the precipice, some of the world's greatest architectural astonishments. The temple's history goes back more than 1500 years, hosting Buddhists, Taoists, and Confucianists. The place was stunning for me as a landscape painter, but also to feel the history of cultural manifestation. Many of my paintings are a contemporary reaction to the Eastern aesthetic tradition, displaying the dynamics of Yin-Yang polarity. You might have noticed that some of my paintings are composed of natural and mechanical elements, that is the interplay of Yin-Yang. The landscape artists of the Tang and Song dynasties were displaying the principles of Yin-Yang by contrasting "heavenly" fog over "earthly" mountain, or perhaps water flowing over rocks. What I am doing is stretching the same conceptual dynamics to juxtapose things like old wooden bridges with computer circuitry, or an airplane wing to a rickety old stone staircase, or a trainyard where the only trace of nature is a tree on TV. The concept has guided me to paint in a way that continues to evolve."

MICHAEL: Where do you call home?  Are you inspired by your home surroundings?

"Yes, there are some really fascinating urban industrial landscapes where I live in Oakland, California.  The elevated freeways and cranes can be great compositional elements as they cluster, overlap, and swoop across the sky.  While so much concrete can be a bit depressing, the complexity is intriguing, sometimes I perceive the freeways as giant arteries, like blood vessels to move energy.  I also like observing the contrast with nature, such as an old tree standing its ground beside a concrete pillar or cluster of barbed wire. 

MICHAEL: Your work also has this mysterious, mythological quality.  It seems folkloric and far away.  How do you achieve this?  What's the point?

"Mysterious, yes I suppose that's what happens when an artist gets inspired by misty mountains. There is a far away feeling, but I try to balance that by juxtaposing close-up familiar things. In a few of my recent paintings I submerged a heartbeat graphic into the desert landscape. My intention was to highlight the livingness of the earth, hinted by the rhythmic topography. The heartbeat pattern is also showing up in a few of my street scene paintings, my aim is to paint people from all parts of the world connected by the same heartbeat. The idea came to me when I was sitting in the hospital reflecting on life while my mother was recovering from surgery. Sometimes the ideas structuring my art are quite logical, and other times I just have the creative urge to paint, allowing intuitive discovery to guide me."

MICHAEL: Do you think you have a natural gift for painting or is it a skill that people can achieve through hard work?  Nature or nurture?

"I know through the experience of teaching that anyone can learn to draw or paint, however to become great, obsession is necessary. Obsession in the pursuit of expanding awareness and manifesting dreams. I drew a lot as a kid, and then my vision was reignited in high school as I began to take an interest in street art which helped me develop an environmental awareness. Kids growing up in the city develop an intimate knowledge of signs, logos, and all types of graphic art, while kids in the countryside learn to identify all the trees, critters, and animal tracks. Observation is a skill that must be constantly cultivated, and I would say the same thing for the discipline of putting paint on canvas".



Please contact the artist for information about sales of original paintings and prints.
Prints are available in a range of sizes and materials.
The prices of original paintings are based on size and complexity of the piece.
Email: DaveDatsuzoku@gmail.com
Telephone (Send Text Message Only): 1-510-219-3901