David Ratcliff (American, born 1970)

Ratcliff is known for his monochromatic paintings, made using a stencil and spray paint process. He compiles digital collages from .jpeg files, which then become detailed paper masks that he attaches to canvas as a template. His source imagery spans a range of subjects, including doodles, political caricatures, and street advertisements, which he sources by surfing the internet or randomly searching for terms on online search engines. Sometimes he uses one online image to create the outline or mask for another composition. He purposefully places an emphasis on manipulating imagery “already provided by the public” as opposed to his own drawings.

He received a BFA from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn and is currently based in his native Los Angeles.