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From Skateboarding Days to BunnyKitty and more, Event Will Showcase Artistic Journey of Local Legend


San Diego, CA – Internationally acclaimed artist David “Persue” Ross is gearing up to present a captivating art pop-up at Art Produce Gallery in North Park, San Diego. The showcase, set to open on March 4th, will spotlight three pivotal phases of Persue’s illustrious career: his contributions to the skateboarding world, the iconic BunnyKitty universe, and his innovative exploration of liminal space. The launch party, in collaboration with Botanica Bar and Chrome City Creative Studio, will commence on Thursday, March 21st, offering attendees an exclusive glimpse into Persue’s multifaceted artistic journey.

Born in San Diego in 1972, Persue’s artistic prowess emerged at a young age under the nurturing guidance of his grandmother, who recognized and cultivated his innate talent for drawing and painting. In 1988, he delved into the world of aerosol art, adopting the moniker Persue, which would become synonymous with his groundbreaking contributions to graffiti and street art. Persue’s career trajectory skyrocketed in 1992 when he was discovered by Ken Block and Damon Way, leading to a pivotal role as the founding artist for several influential skate brands. Over the next 25 years, Persue created iconic logos for companies such as: Eightball Clothing, Circa Footwear, Evol Snowboards, DC shoes and much more.

The artist’s journey took him across the globe, from Korea to Mexico, where he collaborated with fellow artists and left his creative imprint on diverse landscapes. Collaborations have included toy and fashion company,  SUPERPLASTIC, athletic apparel, and footwear brand Li-ning China, Complexland, as well as collabs with San Diego staples like Arts-Rec and Harland Brewing Company. 

In 2001, Persue introduced the world to Bunny Kitty, a beloved character that embodies his distinctive fusion of whimsy and urban culture. Despite initial criticism, Bunny Kitty’s evolution into a global phenomenon underscored Persue’s unwavering commitment to artistic integrity. Transitioning from corporate to independent artist in 2010, Persue embraced new challenges and opportunities, relocating to New York City to embark on a fresh chapter of his career. 

The upcoming showcase at Art Produce Gallery will offer a comprehensive overview of Persue’s oeuvre, from his early days in the skateboarding scene to his latest exploration of liminal space. Drawing inspiration from his experiences navigating the New York City subway system, Persue’s Liminal Space series embodies a captivating blend of graffiti’s rebellious spirit and minimalist abstraction.

Art enthusiasts attending the private launch event on March 21st will have the opportunity to immerse themselves in Persue’s vibrant world, savoring Bunny Kitty-themed cocktails crafted by Botanica Bar’s mixologist Marina Ferriera, and experiencing live vinyl DJ sets. Limited space is available, and guests are encouraged to RSVP on Eventbrite to secure their spot. Images are available upon request. 



About Art Produce Gallery:

Art Produce Gallery, under the visionary leadership of founder Lynn Susholtz, serves as a dynamic platform for fostering creativity and community engagement in North Park. Dedicated to showcasing the work of local and international artists, the gallery hosts exhibitions, installations, and events that push the boundaries of contemporary art.

About Botanica Bar:

Botanica Bar offers a unique fusion of culinary excellence, craft cocktails, and immersive art experiences, creating a vibrant gathering space in the heart of North Park. Committed to connecting the community through creativity and innovation, Botanica Bar features a curated selection of spirits, delectable bar bites, and a rotating gallery of commissioned artwork and NFT exhibitions.

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Alexandria Ott

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