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Meet David Sandlin, a gem of the UAB Arts Program

He's a Northern Irish born artist who emigrated to the Alabama with his army family back when he was a youth. His experiences with sectarian violence, guilt-ridden religious indoctrination, and youth rebellion, is shown within his work, culminated with a major culture shock that he felt when moving to Birmingham, AL in the 1970's. His work consistently involves extremely charged imagery in a dark, dark, dark, comical manner. Sandlin is known for his ongoing series of illustrations in a world called "Sinland". 

"Land of 1,000 Beers was one of the first manifestations of “Sinland,” a thematically unified body of work—you could call it Dante’s Divine Comedy meets Hank Williams. (It was pure serendipity that Sinland is an anagram of Sandlin—when I accidentally noticed it, I knew I was on the right track.) I saw Land of 1,000 Beers as a metaphor for purgatory—America as a land of lotus-eaters, neither good nor bad, just oblivious and inebriated." - Sandlin

For more info and work, check out his website. www.davidsandlin.com

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