Two Oakland artists take on a massive mural in the city's downtown, only to find themselves at the center of the debate over gentrification and cultural resiliency.

Dave Platford

The innovative fusion of old and new is my expression of the world today. At the Academy of Art University I studied the traditional and contemporary oil painting techniques and principles of Realism, Pop-Art, Abstract Expressionism, Surrealism, Graphic Design, Street Art, and Eastern Aesthetics. Ultimately I went my own direction, developing a unique poetic visual language with paint. My inspiration comes from traveling to sacred places around the world, plein-air painting and observing the interaction of contrasting elements.