Photo: Gwynne Duncan

Photo: Gwynne Duncan


I’ve worked in a number of mediums over the years, but printmaking seems to have a grip on me. The depth and breadth of the medium is endlessly challenging and rewarding. Woodcuts have been the playground for my creation lately. When I make drawings, things get stirred up in an alternative universe. When I find something in the process, a light gets flipped on and then that piece gets some more attention and development. A train of thought, or a point of view is formed.

Images open doors for others to be born. Some are brought into a print medium like woodcut, lithography, intaglio, screenprint, or a mix of some or all. Most of the image discovery is in the drawing, but I leave room for changes and development in the print medium so things stay fresh, and I don’t get bored. The external world internalized and then pushed out again. That’s how I see the work being made, kind of cyclical.

Technically, the relief prints are intricate, with lots of textural passages, and fine line work. The craft has to meet the artist halfway. There is a magical reward when the first print is pulled that keeps an artist begging for more. 


Originally from Iowa, David Lantow has been working as an artist in New York City since 1985. Since completing his masters degree at Brooklyn College, he has been exhibiting professionally while working as a professional fine art lithographer. In addition, he has been a visiting artist at Columbia University and The New School, completed a residency at the Ragdale Foundation, and co-founded and curated exhibits at the former Cold Fish Art Space in Brooklyn. From 2001-2002, he was artist liaison and Muse Fuse coordinator at NURTUREart, and from 2005-2009 he served as President of AGAST - the Gowanus Brooklyn studio tour. David has been on the art department faculty at Brooklyn College since 2003 teaching printmaking and has more recently joined the printmaking faculty at Pratt Institute teaching relief classes in the printmaking department.




2006 Sunnys, New Work , Brooklyn, NY
2003 Independence Community Gallery, Nature Expanded (Lantow & April Vollmer), Brooklyn, NY
2001 CSPS, New Drawings, Cedar Rapids, IA 
2000 Thai Cafe , New Drawings, Brooklyn, NY
1996 CSPS, (Collaborative work with poet Todd Colby) The Good Boys, Cedar Rapids, IA



2018 Kustera Projects, The Southwest Brooklyn Biennial, Brooklyn, NY. 2018 Le Festival de Bargeman, Bargeman, France. 2017 Editions and Artists Book Fair, NY, NY. 2017 Manhattan Fine Art Book Fair, NY. NY. 2017 Los Angeles Art Book Fair, Los Angeles, CA. 2017 Codex International Book Art Fair 2016 The Rubelle and Norman Schafler Gallery, Sublime Resonance, Brooklyn NY. 2016  William Patterson UniversityInk, Press, Repeat-National Juried Printmaking Show, Wayne NJ. 2016 Ouray Community CenterAlpine HolidayArtist Exhibition, Ouray Co. 2014 Star House GalleryWitness:The Cedar Bar Phone Booth Show,Kingston, NY. 2014 Wisteria ARTSpaceUncontrolled Substance, Brooklyn NY. 2014 University Art GalleryFaculty Show,Fairleigh Dickinson University, Teaneck, NJ. 2014 Westbeth Gallery, Cedar Tavern Phone Booth Show, New York, NY
2013 Herzog August Bibliothek, Künstlerbücher aus New York, Wolfenbüttel, Germany
2008 Manchester Space Gallery, New York/LA Drawings, Westchester, CA.
2008 Your Documents Please, Traveling Exhibition, Japan, Slovenia, NY, NY
2007 Celia Hirsch Gallery, Eight Brooklyn Artists, Chappaqua, NY
2007 Brooklyn College Library, Singular Objects, Brooklyn, NY, Curator, Maddy Rosenberg
2006 Kentler International Drawing Space, Figure/Ground, guest curator - Carter Foster, Brooklyn, NY
2005 Kentler International Drawing Space, 100 Works on Paper, Brooklyn, NY
2005 Space Station, "5", Brooklyn, NY
2005 Pratt E. 240 Gallery, Brooklyn Artists Speak, Brooklyn, NY
2005 Brooklyn Borough Hall Community Gallery, Brooklyn Artists Speak, Brooklyn, NY
2004 Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, NURTUREart Group Show, New York, NY
2003 Galeria Galou, Open!, 1st Juried Show, Brooklyn, NY, Jurors, Claire Weise, Y. Merhi, M. Del Rosario
2003 Gallery One-Twenty Eight, Aura, New York, NY, Curator, Joan Criswell
2003 55 Mercer Gallery, Bestiary, New York, NY, Curator, Josh Dorman
2002 Kentler International Drawing Space , Drawings for Peace Show, Brooklyn, NY
2002 Space Station , Futures, Brooklyn, NY
2002 55 Mercer Gallery, Strong Modern, Six Artists, New York, NY, Curator, A. McDonnell
2002 Fine Arts Building Gallery, Ragdale 25th Anniversary Exhibition, Chicago, IL, Juror, Ed Paschke
2002 Rotunda Gallery, What Happened in Lime Mills, Brooklyn, NY, Curator, Nellie Reifler
2002 Gallery One-Twenty-Eight, Three on a Match, New York, NY, Curator, Joan Criswell
2002 Exit Art , Reactions, New York, NY
2002 Ruby Gallery, SOFO So Good, Brooklyn, NY
2001-03 Brooklyn Working Artists Coalition, Pier Show 11, Brooklyn Painters Show, Brooklyn, NY
2001 Gallery M , March Group Show, New York, NY
2001 Gallery M , NURTUREart in Harlem, New York, NY. Juror, Laurene Buckley, PhD, Director, Queens Museum of Art
2001 Ruby Gallery , Preview, Brooklyn, NY
2001 Blue Mountain Gallery, Small Works Invitational, New York, NY
2001 Kentler International Drawing Space, Small Works on Paper, Brooklyn, NY
1999 LICK Ltd, Perimeters: Paintings, Long Island City, NY
1998 Williamsburg Art and Historical Center, Strong Modern, Curator, Andrew McDonnell, Brooklyn, NY
1996 PS 122 , Small Works, New York, NY
1996 450 Broadway Gallery, Artists and Writers Collaborating, Curator, Karen Marston, New York, NY
1994 Painting Center , Painters Painting II, New York, NY
1994 Trenton City Museum, Ellarsie Open XIII, Trenton, NJ. Curator, Lois Dodd



Brooklyn College, MFA, Brooklyn, NY
University of Iowa, BFA, Iowa City, IA



2001 Ragdale Foundation Residency, Lake Forest, IL
1999 Visiting Artist, Critic, The New School, New York, NY
1997 Visiting Artist Honararium, Columbia University, New York, NY
1996 Legion Arts Honararium, CSPS, Cedar Rapids, IA
1986 Paintings Fellowship , Brooklyn College, Brooklyn, NY



Museum of Modern Art

Yale University Art Gallery

Herzog August Bibliothek  

Brooklyn Museum Library

Amherst College Museum Library

Banff Museum Library

New York Public Library

Virginia Commonwealth University Library

University of Wisconsin

University of Minnesota

C. J. Petrow & Co. Ltd.

Dartmouth College

Iowa State University

Olin College of Engineering 

U of Delaware Library

Grinnell College