Dave King Profile

WELLS CATHEDRAL INSTALLATION

Or What’s a Heaven For? 2021

Installation in the South Transept as part of Wells Art Contemporary 2021. The title comes from a stanza of Robert Browning’s poem Andrea del Sarto: “Ah, but a man’s reach should exceed his grasp,/ Or what’s a heaven for?” A shelter and its inside mass are bolted together back-to-back, the one supporting the other. The house is occupied; cones of smoke emanate from where the chimney might be. The fire that sustains feelings may quickly become the fire that consumes. From the core of the sculpture comes a dramatic column or plume rising heavenwards like the structure of the cathedral itself. Linking gravity with lightness, earth with sky, this is the spirit of the house, home or shelter or more likely of the individual within.

This work is part of an ongoing project: drawings and small objects that explore architectural metaphor using the combined interior and exterior of a simplified house, terrace, palace or shelter. The sculpture neatly connects recent works relating to architectural metaphor with pieces made 50 years ago for BLOW UP 71 at the Serpentine Galleries in which helium-filled weather balloons were used as short-lived but ultimately unreliable means of suspending fabric.

RECENT PARTICIPATION IN EXHIBITIONS

Installation in Wells Cathedral for Wells Art Contemporary 2021

Two works in the Royal West of England Academy’s 2020 Open 168.

Sculptor’s Drawing 2020 – exhibit 507

Sculptor’s Drawing began life as a preliminary drawing for the sculpture Think Fast, Act Slow commissioned for the exhibition A Good Age at the Devon Guild of Craftsmen in Bovey Tracey in 2019 – and then took on a life of its own. Sculpture is normally thought of as static but the trolley in Sculptor’s Drawing suggests mobility – a potential for movement of something too heavy to lift. Sculptors tend to look for different things in drawing than other artists – relating to materials, space, scale and finish. For King drawings act not as designs for sculpture but as preparatory stages towards realisation.

Husk 2019 – exhibit 567

Husk was also made as preparation for Think Slow, Act Fast, to explore imagery and ideas extending recurrent themes of earlier work – ideas sometimes conceived long ago but not yet realised. Longhouse forms piled up dynamically suggest discarded husks or shells – the residue of former experiences or lives – surmounted by what may be thought of as the here-and-now.

For more information, see http://www.rwa.org.uk.

Below: THEN & NOW: EXHIBITION AT THE SHIPPON GALLERY BEFORE COVID CLOSURE. IT IS STILL IN PLACE AWAITING REOPENING IN SAFER TIMES

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Installing the exhibition in January 2020

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The Studio, Bethnal Green, London 1979.  Photo: Edward Woodman 

 

ARTIST’S STATEMENT

Over many years I have developed and refined a lexicon of imagery through extensive drawing and the business of studio practice. The long-house, villas and indeed palaces are seen as dwelling places of the mind. They stand as metaphors for the artist’s self-image and over time have acquired dramatic attachments around, above and beneath. These include axes, needle and thread, letters or boulders and, almost always, a sailboat, steamer or ladder crossing the wave/roof of the long building with smoke, steam or flame emerging from within. Earth Red House 2018 (below) is the latest of these works.

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My main interests concern identity allied to the demands and potential of sculpture and materials. The latter includes the use of strong colour with wood, bronze casts and, for greater plasticity and touch, fired stoneware clay.

Waves, Memories, Reflection 1985

Waves, Memories, Reflection 1985

The sculpture and drawings I make in the studio are primarily for gallery or museum exhibition. However, I have also had opportunities to build very large works for sites as diverse as Socrates Sculpture Park in New York, a traffic island in St Louis, Missouri (above), a remote field in South West Ireland and Victoria Park in Bath. In London Docklands I built a sculpture using sizeable off-cuts from Canary Wharf and have a permanent sculpture Shadowplay 1992 (below), at East India Docks, memorialising the past working life of the site.

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n East Devon, I work principally on sculptures of a more personal nature – essentially creative/poetic metaphors. My latest major project was a commission for the Devon Guild of Craftsmen and Libraries Unlimited for their exhibition A Good Age: Change in my Time at Riverside Mill, Bovey Tracey in 2019.

For more images of sculpture see http://www.devonartistnetwork.co.uk/artists/david-king

                                  A GOOD AGE

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Think Slow, Act Fast in the studio at Hook Farm before installation in A Good Age

Jess Pearson of Shimnix Films made the film below about the project of A Good Age. It includes interviews with all the artists involved and many participants. At the same time filmmaker Poppy Green interviewed Dave King for a series of short films I Know This To Be True and this film is the final item in his profile. 

 

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ART EDUCATION: 

1968-70  Slade School of Fine Art: University of London Postgraduate Diploma in Fine Art/ Sculpture

1965-68  Leeds College of Art, Dept of Fine Art: Diploma in Art & Design, First Class Hons

1962-65   Sutton Coldfield School of Art, Birmingham

SOLO  EXHIBITIONS include:

2019/2020  THEN & NOW, Shippon Gallery, East Devon

2006  CURIOUS OTHERS, ShillamSmith3, London W1

1994  FLOATING WORLDS, South Hill Park, Bracknell

1993  Angela Flowers (Ireland) Inc., Rosscarbery, Co. Cork

1991  Ben Shahn Galleries, William Paterson College, New Jersey

1984  Solo exhibition in the studio of Joel Fisher, Brooklyn, New York

1982  City Museum & Art Gallery, Stoke on Trent

1978 & 1980  Angela Flowers Gallery, London

GROUP EXHIBITIONS include:

2021  WELLS ART CONTEMPORARY, Wells Cathedral, Somerset

2020 – 2021  ROYAL WEST OF ENGLAND ACADEMY 168th OPEN, Bristol  

2019  A GOOD AGE, The Devon Guild of Craftsmen, Bovey Tracey

GENERATIVE DRAWING – PARALLEL PATHS with Joel Fisher, Shippon Gallery

ABSTRACT REFLECTION with Patrick Jones, Shippon Gallery

2018  SCULPTURE @ THE WALLED GARDEN, Moreton, Dorset

APPETO: PUBLIC ART & PRIVATE WORLDS with George Sherlock, Shippon Gallery

ACADEMICIAN CANDIDATES EXHIBITION, RWA Annual Open 166, RWA, Bristol

2017  INAUGURAL EXHIBITION with Diana Kerswell, Shippon Gallery

2016 & 2017  RWS CONTEMPORARY WATERCOLOUR COMPETITION, Bankside Gallery, London

2014  LOST, Salisbury Arts Centre

DELAMORE ARTS, Ivybridge, Devon,

RWS CONTEMPORARY WATERCOLOUR, Bankside Gallery

2012  EQUALITY & ENDEAVOUR, Thelma Hulbert Gallery, Honiton

2000 – 2012  SMALL IS BEAUTIFUL, Flowers East Gallery, London

1999/2001  SCULPTURE AT GOODWOOD, Goodwood Sculpture Park, West Sussex

1998  XXth CENTURY SCULPTURE, Millfield School, Somerset (Jun-Sept)

BRITISH FIGURATIVE ART Part 2:SCULPTURE, Flowers East

1997  LEWES SCULPTURE TRAIL, Lewes, Sussex ( Aug – Oct )

1996  COVENTRY/PORTO ART EXCHANGE, Universidade do Porto

BRITISH ABSTRACT ART – part 3, Works on paper, Flowers East

1995  SCULPTURE GARDEN, Henley Festival for music and the arts

BRITISH ABSTRACT ART – pt.2, SCULPTURE, Flowers East

1990  HAND, BODY, HOUSE, Ben Shahn Gallery, William Paterson College, New Jersey

LARGE SCALE OUTDOOR EXHIBITIONS/COMMISSIONS:

2018  A GOOD AGE – Commission for Devon Guild of Craftsmen/Libraries Unlimited

1993/2003  CIRCLE OF UNDERSTANDING, Angela Flowers (Ireland) Inc.

1992  SHADOWPLAY – Steel and bronze sculpture commission, East India Dock, London E14

1991  ART OUTSIDE – Millwall Inner Dock , London

1988  SCULPTORS WORKING – Socrates Sculpture Park, New York

1986  ARTSITE – Sculpture in the City, work on-site for Victoria Park, Bath

1985  VIVACE – outdoor sculpture project, St Louis, Missouri

CONSULTANCIES:

2013  Member of Fabric Advisory Committee, Exeter Cathedral

2002-2006  External assessor, BA Hons. Sculpture, Norwich School of Art

2001-2003  External assessor for sculpture, Royal College of Art, London

1999-2003  External assessor,   Birmingham Institute of Art & Design

1987  Elected chair of sculpture selection panel – The British School at Rome

1986  Fine Art Board of the Council for National Academic Awards

1985-1988  External Assessor, BA(Hons) Sculpture, Chelsea School of Art

ACADEMIC APPOINTMENTS:

1991-2002  0.5 Senior Lecturer in Sculpture, Coventry University

1998-2003  Sculpture tutor, Working Men’s College, London NW1

1995  Visiting lecturer, Royal Academy Schools &  Wimbledon School of Art

1990-1994  Visiting lecturer at Winchester & Norwich Schools of Art, WSCAD/Farnham & Kingston University

1988-1991  Principal Lecturer/Head of Sculpture, Middlesex Polytechnic

1981-1988  Principal Lecturer/Head of Sculpture, WSCAD, Farnham

1973-1981  Visiting lecturer, including Bath Academy, Norwich, Central and Canterbury Schools of Art

1970-1972  Sculpture Dept, School of Fine Art, Liverpool Polytechnic 0.6SL

COLLECTIONS:

British Council,  Arts Council of Great Britain, Leicestershire Education Authority, Wakefield Museums Service, Contemporary Arts Society, Victoria and Albert Museum. Also works in public and private collections in England, France, Ireland, Japan, Sweden, USA, Canada and Lithuania