David began his Art studies at Wrexham College of Art moving on to study Fine Art at Leeds Metropolitan University leaving with BA Hons in 1994. Since then he has worked as a full time sculptor from his studios in Leeds.
You will find David’s Sculptures in some of the most prestigious collections across the world – from private gardens to public spaces.
‘I am a modern artist in its truest sense, utilising modern and cutting edge techniques to play with materials, colour, form and movement. I have a passion for the new and to create work which is unfamiliar and exciting, I want to wow the viewer whilst creating a contemplative visual experience.’
‘Why must art be static? You look at an abstraction, sculptured or painted, an entirely exciting arrangement of planes, spheres, nuclei, entirely without meaning. It would be perfect, but it is always still. The next step in sculpture is motion’. Alexander Calder
‘I make kinetic sculpture to push the boundaries of traditional static forms.
Kinetic sculpture gives back to the viewer in a way which static work cannot, it has a different way of engaging, it plays with form, light, balance and movement through space, there is tension and drama as the Earth’s elemental forces orchestrate its movement.
The balance of my work is critical, I now work in the realms where a fraction of a gram can alter a piece dramatically. Happily my years accumulated knowledge, of experimentation and prototyping , enable me to explore my art and push for new forms to express my underlying concepts.
Kinetic art is my passion, it allows me to create sculpture that interacts in a harmonious way with the world, it is almost a life form; it is controlled yet beyond my control. It allows the viewer to see the wind, to watch gravity in action and as the sculpture faithfully obeys the laws of physics, it is a reminder that we are part of a greater Universe.’
‘Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.’ Albert Einstein
‘My work is presently concerned with the unseen forces of nature and the wonders of evolution. I am fascinated by the harmony between the laws of physics and all life on Earth. Take the wind for example; it is caused by the heat from the Sun, the gravitational pull of the Moon and the rotation of the planet. This results in a constant input of energy, causing a dynamic moving atmosphere and turbulent air currents. Life has evolved to work with this movement, feathers evolve for flight, roots reach down for stability, tiny seeds take on forms which can be carried by the wind.
In nature, form and shape are a reaction to the laws of physics and life’s ‘determination’ to survive. The planet is a fantastically complicated interwoven system of action and reaction which often manifests itself in breathtaking beauty.
I take my inspiration from the natural world, and in my sculpture I endeavor to point to the relationship between physics and the physical.
My Sculpture is often about form and movement, whether actual movement through space or implied. The Kinetic Sculpture may be delicately balanced on precision bearings, where small air currents cause large forms to tip and move in reaction, carving a path through space before returning to a balanced position.
The large organic forms are a more direct homage to Mother Nature and the wonders of evolution, allowing us momentarily to escape the confines of life and it’s hectic pace.
Light and reflection play an essential role within some of my work. The symbolism of Light in itself is fascinating and exploring the act of perception through reflection has always interested me. With the use of reflective surfaces, other people and the surroundings become part of the artwork. Mirrors create an infinite space, altering the viewers’ perceptions, enabling them to contemplate.
I am continually prototyping and investigating new pieces of work, some of which I will be unveiling at this years exhibitions. Please take a look at the work in progress section to see what is coming soon.