David Art Wales
David Art Wales (born 6 February 1964, Sydney) is an Australian entrepreneur and artist best known for creating satirical cult figure Guru Adrian. He has been involved in collaborations with artist Keith Haring and filmmaker Morgan Spurlock.
At the age of nineteen, Wales launched his first business, Nice Enterprises, described as "the world's first mail order flattery service." A year later, he co-published Fatplastiscene magazine, the first issue of which is in the collection of the National Gallery of Australia. In 1986 Wales became a host of the ABC TV show Edge of the Wedge.
During the 1980s he was a frequent contributor to Australian radio station Triple Jay, providing commentary on pop-cultural issues, including a live report from Berlin as the Berlin Wall fell, and a comic strip featuring Guru Adrian for the station's fanzine, Alan.
Wales moved to New York to become a painter in 1989 and spent the 1990s showing at various Manhattan and Australian galleries, including Roslyn Oxley 9 and Sherman Galleries. During this time he also worked on content creation projects for MTV, Fox and Disney. Several companies, including Hanna Barbera, Fox Television, and MTV, have optioned Guru Adrian with a view to building a television show around the character; however, each project was eventually shelved.
In 1998 Wales and Australian dancer Catherine Hourihan launched the Red Vixen Burlesque, a popular downtown New York attraction that is now seen as an early progenitor of the burlesque revival movement.
That same year, Wales became Cultural Forecaster for Toyota, tracking and predicting trends for the automaker's design division. In 2000 he launched Ministry of Culture, a research, strategy and content creation firm.
- The Face, Sept 1987 | Save the Wales
- Variety, Wed 2 February 2008 | Directors Back Distributor Cinelan
- A decade for rebellion and unsung heroes
- Campaign fights for decade to be named the 'naughties'
- Sunday Telegraph, 13 November 1983 | It's Nice Work – And He's Got it
- National Gallery of Australia | Fatplastiscene editorial sheet [recto] part of Fatplastiscene issue No.1
- Stiletto magazine, date unknown 1986 | The Wedge
- The Weekend Review, 6 June 1992 | Skeletons for the Human Insect
- The Sydney Morning Herald / Good Weekend, Sept 5 1998 | A Job for the Guru
- Who, 7 July 1994 | Guru Adrian Wows Hanna-Barbera
- The New York Times, 4 October 1998 | Burlesque's Back, a Step Ahead of the Law
- "Arts & Books: New York Diary: Post-modernism for perverts". The Independent. Retrieved 2 November 2018.
- Steve Silberman: Here Come 'The Naughties', Wired 30 November 1999
- ABC Radio, 5 January 2000 | Campaign fights for decade to be named the 'naughties' (transcript)
- Hunters of Cool Are in a Freeze
- Details, Apr 2001 | The Death of Cool
- "Ministry of Culture | Good Thinking". Ministry of Culture. Retrieved 3 November 2018.
- Cinelan | Nonfiction short films get new home
- Prudent Boozers: Nurse the 3rd!
- PSFK Interview: David Art Wales on Secret Societies | PSFK – Trends, Ideas & Inspiration
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