AGE AT AWARD: 29
ARTFORMS: Visual Arts
David, a graduate of Gray’s School of Art, Aberdeen, was brought up in Perth. Since completing a Master of Art & Design, he has developed his practice as a contemporary artist. His main inspiration comes from rural North-East of Scotland where he has now settled.
David is considered to be one of the most original, inventive and thought-provoking young artists working in Scotland today. In 2003, he represented Scotland in the Venice Biennale and in 2005/06 he was Town Artist in Huntly. His unique and creative take on Aberdeenshire and the North-East inspired and challenged the local community.
It has been written of his work that, “the material he chooses to work with is often deliberately rural and particular to Scotland. He celebrates the local and the lore of a forgotten countryside... He is a unique artist dealing with matters that themselves are now foreign to most urban dwellers but this is why he is a vital element of the Scottish contemporary art scene.”
How the Award Helped
The Dewar Arts Award financed the production of a catalogue to support David’s first solo exhibition Knockturne at Aberdeen Art Gallery.
Since the Award
The exhibition later went to Lille, France under the auspices of ARTCONNEXION.