About David

David Shannon grew up in Spokane, WA and graduated with a BFA in illustration from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. In 1983 he moved to New York City and worked  as a free-lance editorial illustrator. David’s work appeared in many publications, including Time, Newsweek, Rolling Stone, and The New York Times, as well as numerous book jackets and posters. In 1988 he began illustrating children’s books and has since written and/or illustrated over 35 picture books, including the bestsellers A Bad Case Of Stripes, Duck On A Bike, Alice The Fairy and the semi-autobiographical, No, David!, which received a Caldecott Honor in 1999. His latest book is Bizzy Mizz Lizzy (Scholastic, Oct. 2017)

Currently, David has been concentrating on a series of expressionistic oil paintings.  He lives in Burbank with his wife, Heidi, and their dog, Roy.


Artist Statement

My paintings explore the increasingly irrational tangle of media, technology, politics, popular culture, human nature, and overpopulation. Ambiguity of shapes, formal disquiet, and interplay between negative and positive space create opportunities for multiple interpretations that reflect the elusive, subjective nature of “truth” and the perplexing challenges of living in contemporary society. There is darkness within and a human reaction to the darkness in our world, but always a sense of play, potential, and whimsical hope.