Approved: 07.03.2008

David Adkins

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Approved: 07.03.2008

Although my practice includes painting, sculpture, photography and video much of it refers to a collective relationship with particular painting and film traditions, as well as to certain elements of Romantic philosophy.
The nature pieces are (usually small) replicas of ubiquitous natural forms such as weeds or fungi; their status is elevated through their materiality, each piece responding to

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  • Location: London
  • Artforms: Installation, Photography, Printmaking, Sculpture
  • Tags: chris stone, refugio, st paul's, drawing, installation, london design festival, st paul's cathedral, thomas hornor, mixed media, painting, performance
 

Biography

Although my practice includes painting, sculpture, photography and video much of it refers to a collective relationship with particular painting and film traditions, as well as to certain elements of Romantic philosophy. The nature pieces are (usually small) replicas of ubiquitous natural forms such as weeds or fungi; their status is elevated through their materiality, each piece responding to specific moments within the history of painting. These are moments of little cultural significance, footnotes or punctuation taken from an individual's interest in painting. Incorporating found materials, the recreation of natural forms is undertaken with the attention to detail of an enthusiastic amateur, their artificiality becoming apparent through closer inspection. In 'Carpet (after Memling)' I digitally recreated a complete Persian carpet from a fragment found in Hans Memling's 'Madonna and Child' with John Donne and Donors (c1475). The technology of the printer imitates the weft of the loom to make a print whose texture is reminiscent of both the original painting and an actual rug, the actual pixels akin to the knots of the rug.

CV & Education

Qualifications and training 2007 - Sculpture, Wimbledon School of Art, London 1997 - BA Media, Slade School of Fine Art, London Solo exhibitions 2011 - Sightline, Refugio, London 2009 - One, Refugio, London Group exhibitions 2011 - April is the Cruelest Month Breeding, Lido Projects, St Leonards on Sea 2010 - Standing on the Frontier, Madam Lillies, Stoke Newington, London 2006 - Muscular Pet, Mashed Potato Gallery, London 2006 - Shibboleth, Dilston Grove, London 2005 - Taking a Line for a Walk, Space Gallery, Letchworth 2004 - Mostyn Open 14, Oriel Mostyn, Llandudno 1999 - Airmiles, Nylon Gallery, London