While working with narrative painting, an apparently rational approach to art, I’ve always tried to take advantage of the way in which painting (art) allows the artist to bring together the conscious and the subconscious, the rational and the irrational, the realistic and the dreamlike.

 Back in 1997, I started a series of paintings, “Studio of Sin (My Mind’s My Dark Room)”, in which I wanted to explore the deepest recesses of my psyche—using my mind as my studio.  I thought of these paintings as giving me the opportunity to be as goofy and stream-of-consciousness as I could be.  I thought of them as almost an antidote to my more structured “Sinner’s Progress” paintings and hand-made books.

“Lord Knows What I’m Thinking (About Drinking and Running Around)”, was the culmination of this series.  To me it represents a portrait of the brain taken over by the body, the hormones and the subconscious.

Currently I’ve been working on a series whose working title is “Slumburbia”, a land where people live only in their dreams (in dream houses with their dream lovers, working at their dream jobs, etc.).  The two paintings in this show, “Sleepy Beauty” and “Sleepy Brutey”, represent Disneyfield personifications of sloth, a state that Slumburbia’s denizens can fall prey to in this “retirement” community.

BORN                         Belfast, Northern Ireland, 1956

EDUCATION             BA, University of Alabama, Birmingham: Fine Arts, 1979


2002    “Sorror Falls…Joy Rises,” Gracie Mansion Gallery, New York, NY

2001    “Road to No...Where,” Gallery of the School of Art and Design, Lucerne, Switzerland

1999    “Road to No...Where? Road to Pair o’ Dice,” Gracie Mansion Gallery, NYC

“An exhibition of Recent Publications,” Printed Matter, NYC

“Road to No...Where? Road to Pair o’ Dice,” McIntosh/Panich Gallery, Atlanta

“David Sandlin: East Village Posters 1982–88,” Life Cafe, New York City

1998    “A Sinner’s Progress,” Agnes Gallery, Birmingham, AL

1997    “The Purely Happy Artist [Studio of Sin],” Gracie Mansion Gallery, New York City

1996    “Sinner’s Progress,” White Columns, New York City

“Welcome to Sinland,” Un Regard Moderne, Paris

1995    “The Beast Years of My Life [A Sinner’s Progress],” Carl Hammer Gallery, Chicago

“Seven Sips of Sin,” Sai Gallery, Tokyo, Japan

1993    “Waltz Across Sinland,” Lake Gallery, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

“Waltz Across Sinland,” St. Kilda Art Centre, Melbourne, NSW, Australia      

“Sanitized for Your Pleasure,” Sai Gallery, Tokyo, Japan


2002    “Raw, Boiled & Cooked,” Yerba Buena Art Center, San Francisco

“Armory Art Fair,”  Carl Hammer Gallery, New York City

“Uncommercial Art…,” La Luz de Jésus Gallery, Los Angeles

2001    “Dreams and Dreamers,” Carl Hammer Gallery, Chicago

“Legal Action,” CBGB Gallery, New York City

“Print 2001,” Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY

“Unbearables,” ABC No Rio, New York City

“Cortexof Desire,” two-person show, CPop Gallery, Detroit

2000    “The Image of Text,” Sawhill Gallery, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA

“Fart Show,” Dirt Gallery, Hollywood, CA

“Drawn,” Barry Whistler Gallery, Dallas 

“Sinner’s Paradise,” Forbidden Gallery, Dallas

“The Drawing Show,” La Luz de Jésus Gallery, Los Angeles

2000    “The End: An Independent Vision of Contemporary Culture 1982–2000,” exit          Art ,New York City

“Selections 2000,” Carl Hammer Gallery, Chicago

“Bizarro World! The Parallel Universes of Comics and Fine Art,”

Cornell Fine Arts Museum, Winter Park, FL

1999    “Comics by David Sandlin, Chris Ware, Simon Grennan & Christopher Sperandio,” MoMA Library, New York City

1997        “Dernier Cri,” Les Halles St. Pierre, Paris

1996        “Do You Want New Wave or Do You Want the Truth?” Art Initiatives, New York City

“Summer 1996,” PPOW, New York City

“Transformation of the Work in Art,” Fosdick Nelson Gallery, Alfred, NY

Art 1996 Chicago, Chicago

Gramercy Park Art Fair, New York City

“Personal/Impersonal,” Gracie Mansion/Fred Dorfman Projects, New York, NY

“Out of Toon,” George Adams Gallery, New York City

“Paintings: Sandlin & Panter,” Mad River Post, New York City

1995    “On Beyond the Book,” Forum for Contemporary Art, St. Louis

“Sniper’s Nest: Art That Has Lived With Lucy R. Lippard,” Bard College,

            Annandale-on-Hudson, NY

“Pop Jamboree,” Bess Cutler Gallery, New York City

“Imaginary Beings,” exit Art, New York City

“Co-Mi x Art: Fine-Tooning Pop,” Carl Hammer Gallery, Chicago

“Alabama Impact,” FAMOS, Mobile, Huntsville, Alabama

“Ver-ruckte Kunst,” Galerie W, Wangen, Switzerland

1994    “It’s All About Love,” Lennon, Wineberg Gallery, New York City

“Single-Cel Creatures,” Katonah Museum of Art, Katonah, NY

“Red Windows,” Barneys, New York City

“Comic Kunst,” Galerie W, Wangen, Switzerland

“Comic Power,” exit Art, New York City,  Traveled to Boston

“Cadavre exquis,” Drawing Center, NYC, Traveled to Mexico City and Tokyo

“Lucifer Rising,” Galerie Rudolf Mangisch, Zurich, Switzerland

“reReading,” Dunlop Art Gallery, Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada

“Our Last Picture Show,” Brody's Gallery, Washington, D.C.

1993    “Artists Select,” Artists Space, New York City

“Cadavre exquis,” Drawing Center, New York City

“Comic Power,” exit Art, New York City

“Graf/ x ,” Bess Cutler Gallery, New York City

“The Pet Show,” Helander Gallery, New York City

“Comi x Brut!” Brody’s Gallery, Washington, D.C.

“Visceral Landscapes,” Carl Hammer Gallery, Chicago

“Snake Eyes,” CBGB Gallery, New York City

“Public Compound 7, Art Kits,” AC Project Room, New York City

“Psychological Impact,” Northampton Community College, Bethlehem, PA

1992    “New Images,” Carl Hammer Gallery, Chicago

“Goodbye to Apple Pie,” DeCordova Museum, Lincoln, MA

“Writing on the Walls,” Gallery 303, New York City

“Fear of Painting,” Arthur Rogers Gallery, New York City

“Misfit Lit,” L.A.C.E., Los Angeles, Traveled to Winnepeg, Alberta, Canada

“New Work, New York,”  Itoya Gallery, Tokyo

“Reframing Cartoons,” Wexner Art Center, Columbus, OH

“Benefit for the Asian Women’s Center,” Asian Women’s Center, New York City

“Human,” Suburban Fine Arts Center, Highland Park, IL

“Seed Cake of the Insolent,” Art-O-Rama, Chicago


2001    Chain No. 8, Special Comic Edition, Philadelphia

Legal Action Comics No. 1, New York City

1998    Road to No...Where? (A Sinner’s Progress, Vol. III), Sinland Press, New York City

Road to No...Where? Edition Cornelius, Paris Strapazin, Zurich, Switzerland

1997    The Purely Happy Artist, Sinland Press, New York City

Studio of Sin, Sinland Press, New York City

1996    Nozone, Nozone No. 7, New York City

Wrathland, (A Sinner’s Progress, Vol. II), Sinland Press, New York City

1995    The Beast Years of My Life, (A Sinner’s Progress, Vol. I), Sinland Press, New York City

Go Naked, Last Gasp Press, San Francisco

Strapazin, Zurich, Switzerland

Zero Fantagraphics, Seattle

U  May  Already  B  a  Sinner, MTV, Viacom, New York City

1994    Rapture of the Depths of Desire, Sinland Press, New York City

1993    Burning Ring of Fire, Nexus Press, Atlanta

Snake Eyes III, Fantagraphics, Seattle

1992    Snake Eyes II, Fantagraphics, Seattle

1991    RAW, Vol. 2, No. 3, Penguin Publishing, New York City

RAW, Vol. 2, No. 2, Penguin Publishing, New York City

Snake Eyes, Fantagraphics, Seattle

1990    Cactus Valley, Fantagraphics, Seattle

1989    Gin and Comics, School of Visual Arts Press, New York City

1988    Land of 1000 Beers, Sinland Press, New York City

1987    He-Jesus, Sinland Press, New York City

1982–Present   PIM, Public Illumination Magazine, Spoleto, Italy


Current: Thesis Coordinator, MFA Illustration Program, School of Visual Arts,

New York City

Printmaking Instructor, Undergraduate Program, SVA, New York City

2001    Visiting Printmaker, School of Art and Design, Lucerne, Switzerland

1999    Visiting Artist, University of Southern Illinois, Carbondale, IL

Lecturer, Atlanta College of Art, Atlanta

Lecturer, “Artists’ Books,” School of Visual Arts, New York City

1997    Visiting Printmaker, School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Lecturer, “Cartoonists at the Brooklyn Museum,” Brooklyn, NY

Visiting Artist, Banff Center for the Arts, Banff, Alberta, Canada

1995    Visiting Artist, State University of New York at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY

1993    Visiting Artist, Melbourne College of Art, Melbourne, NSW, Australia

Visiting Artist, Queens College, St. Kilda, NSW, Australia

Lecturer, Linden Hall, St. Kilda, NSW, Australia

1992    Visiting Artist, Nexus Press, Atlanta


1995    “Co-Mi x Art: Fine-Tooning Pop,” by David Sandlin and Joni Blackburn

1993    “From Myth to Muck: The Art of Fergus Delargy,” by David Sandlin and Joni Blackburn

1992    “Treasures of New York: The Art of John Kindness,” by David Sandlin and Joni Blackburn


1999    New York State Foundation for the Arts Grant

1993    New York State Foundation for the Arts Grant

1992    Swann Award for excellence in Cartooning

Nexus Press Book Grant

1988    PM Foundation Grant

1979    Birmingham Museum Juror's Choice Award, Dennis Oppenheim, juror