About Me

Credit: David Lance Goines

I've lived in Berkeley for over 20 years: I'm the girl in shabby black clothes who is always carrying a book. Hmm, that could describe half of Berkeley.

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David Lance Goines, Celebrated Artist and Writer

dlgDavid Lance Goines is a celebrated Berkeley artist and writer.  His artwork has appeared in numerous professional publications, including American Illustration, Communication Arts, Graphis, How, Print, and Step-By-Step Graphics. His writing and artwork have garnered many awards, most notably the 1983 American Book Award for his book, A Constructed Roman Alphabet. His artwork is represented in both public and private collections, including  the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, the Smithsonian (Washington, DC), MOMA (New York), Hiroshima MOMA (Japan), the Louvre (Paris), and the Library of Congress (Washington, DC). His artwork has been exhibited in more than one hundred one-man and group shows, both national and international. He lectures nationwide  and has taught at the University of California, Berkeley and the California College of Arts and Crafts, Oakland. He has authored five books, collaborated on three, and his work has been the subject of four other  books.

How long have you lived in Berkeley?

I moved from Oakland to Berkeley in 1963. and have lived and participated in the community ever since.

How long does it take you to create a work of art? Is there anything you need to accomplish or prepare first?

The hard part about a poster design is the idea, which of course is the submerged part of design, that nobody sees. When that is done, the actual drawing and printing takes around 2 months.

Do you interact with other artists in Berkeley? How did the local community of artists or the cultural milieu in the Berkeley influence your work?

I am much more a part of the Bay Area’s printing community than its artistic community, although I do have a number of friends (such as Stan Washburn) who are fine artists. Berkeley is and has been a vital part of my artistic and graphic success, as it aggressively encourages and fosters its own sons and daughters–you don’t have to leave and make a success of yourself and then come back, you can stay right here and never leave and be a success. I am inextricably entwined with others in Berkeley, who have similarly made adventurous forays into the unknown and have similarly been rewarded by our city–Acme Bread, The Cheeseboard Collective, Chez Panisse, Peet’s Coffee, Berkeley Rep (& other theatrical venues) Berkeley Symphony Orchestra and the California Bach Society, the Center for Independent Living, and of course our great University and all the vigorous political and social activism that so distinguishes us from the great grey mass around us.

What other activities, events, or other cultural resources could support and encourage your work? Do you feel that people in Berkeley need opportunities targeted to their niche interests to participate in culture, or should there be more big events that invite broad inclusion?

I think that Berkeley (and by this I do not mean  the city government, which–like all government– blunders along almost always pissing in the soup) does a fine job of including rather than excluding, encouraging rather than discouraging.

Any other thoughts on how to build cultural communities in Berkeley?

My suggestion for building cultural community is simple to say but not easy to do: cheap rent. Look at what’s happening in the Temescal, and around Broadway and Telegraph in Oakland: that’s cheap rent at work, making a slum into a vibrant birth-place of culture.


David Lance Goine’s most recent book is The Poster Art of David Lance Goines: A 40-Year Retrospective.

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