David Sgambellone SVAA member
Born in Glendale Ca. 3rd generation grew up in the San Fernando Valley, 20 miles from Los Angeles, Ca.
As I look back over the six decades of my life, a path of art and graphic communications unfolds.
My first glimpse of art was on the streets of greater Los Angeles. On many cross town trips to visit relatives, I was exposed to buildings with great architectural designs, artistic signs and billboards. Returning home in the evenings was even more impressive. The colorful Art Deco Mulholland fountain near Los Feliz and the neon covered windmill at Van De Kamp’s bakery. It was the era of flashy colorful neon signs that lit up the night. Sixty years later I can still see some of those images in my mind.
Art and math were my favorite subjects in school. High School is where I developed an interest in ceramics.
My first employer in the early 60s was the Hearst Corporation in the print media field.
Between 1968 and 1970 I served in the US Army Signal Corps, working in electronic communications.
After returning home from the Army, unemployed with no career plans, I started painting motorcycles for a little income. One particular motorcycle I painted belonged to a friend from High School. His father owned Rembrandt Sign Co. in the City of San Fernando, Ca. As it happened they were looking for help and I was seeking employment. I was hired as an apprentice sign painter. In my early 20’s I began my artistic career hand lettering signs, silkscreen printing and general sign construction at Rembrandt Signs.
In 1972 I move to Simi Valley, Ca. still working for Rembrandt Signs, I began doing some hand lettering (Moon Lighting) on the side for local business in Simi Valley. In 1976 I met Stan Carstairs, owner Carstairs Signs.
I began working with Stan, constructing electrical signs also working with plastic, wood and neon. When Stan retired I started my own Sign Company, DL Signs in 1989.
In 2004 with encouragement from my beautiful wife Linda, I took a watercolor class which took my life into another artistic direction. Since 2004 I’ve been painting watercolors regularly and in 2010 started creating ceramic art.
Since moving into semi retirement, I’ve designed, developed and patented two art related products.
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