XPLR (ex^plore) studios is the creation of David Rice, artist, illustrator and designer.  Its goal is to showcase the past and current projects he has done for clients as well as his personal work.  Much of David's work focuses on the themes of nature and its personifying characteristics.  Growing up in the mountains of Colorado, he has a special connection with the outdoors.  David uses the natural landscape and its inhabitants as his primary subject matter.   

Melding together an organic style with graphic overlays, his style combines a mixture of the natural world with a geometric presence.  Blurring the boundary between manmade and natural.  Instead of only a natural world existing, or one that is manmade, the two can coexist harmoniously if the dominant party yields to this cohesive existence.  A balance is needed for both parties to survive.

He currently lives and works in Portland, Oregon.

 


The Story

 
 

David was born in Aspen, Colorado where he lived until he graduated from high school.  He grew up on the ski hill. His dad was a ski instructor and had him on a pair of skis almost before he could walk. Living in Aspen helped David develop a passion for art and the surrounding environment, and spurred his love for the outdoors. After high school David moved to Boulder, Colorado where he received his Bachelors Degree in Studio Art.  His pursuance of art and design has led him from Colorado to San Francisco to Portland, Oregon where he now resides.  In 2013 he met up with artist Blaine Fontana and began a rigorous internship for the next year. This experience gave him a huge insight into the professional art world and fostered his blossoming career into what it is today.