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Difficult Fun, July 2013 Mixed Media on Paper 50x66 © David Abse 2013
20130629110232-ghostinmachine
The Ghost in the Machine, June 2013 Mixed Media on Canvas 80 X 54 X 3 Centimeters © © David Abse 2013
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Red Flag, 2012 Acrylic on Canvas 65x56cm © © David Abse 2012
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Black Flag, 2012 Acrylic on Canvas 65x56cm © © David Abse 2012
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Action, September 2012 Mixed Media on Canvas 65x56cm © © David Abse 2012
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Blue velvet, September 2011 Mixed Media on Canvas 81x116cm © © David Abse 2011
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Losing myself in the crowd, September 2011 Mixed Media on Canvas 38x46cm © © David Abse 2011
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Identities, 22/7/2011 Mixed Media on Canvas 100 X 150 X 2.3 Centimeters © © David Abse 2011
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Coffee and tabasco, June 2011 Mixed Media on Canvas 60x72cm © David Abse 2011
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Analysis, June 2011 Mixed Media on Canvas 180 X 120 X 2.5 Centimeters © © David Abse 2011
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Mis-Shapes, June 2011 Mixed Media on Canvas 81x116cm © © David Abse 2011
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Baby Lemonade, 2011 Acrylics, Oil Sticks and Spraypaint on Canvas 81x116cm © © David Abse 2011
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Shuffling Madness, 2011 Acrylics, Oil Sticks and Spraypaint on Canvas 80x80cm © © David Abse 2011
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Ancien Chemin du triadou, 2011 Acrylics, Spraypaint on Canvas 54x72 © © David Abse 2011
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Porte des Remparts, 2011 Acrylics, Spraypaint on Canvas 60x40cm © © David Abse 2011
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Something Right, 2011 Acrylic and Spray Paint on Canvas 55x46 © © David Abse 2011
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Village, 2011 Acrylics, Spraypaint on Canvas 60x70cm © David Abse 2011
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NY2011, 2011 Acrylics, Spraypaint on Canvas 80x80cm © David Abse 2011
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New York, 2011 Acrylics, Spraypaint on MDF 60x71cm © David Abse 2011
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Alternative Reality 1, 2011 Acrylic and Spray Paint on Canvas 40x40 © © David Abse 2011
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Alternative Reality 2, 2011 Acrylic and Spray Paint on Canvas 50x50 © © David Abse 2011
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Alternative Reality 3, 2011 Acrylic and Spray Paint on Canvas 55x46 © © David Abse 2011
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Old Bergerie, 2010 Acrylic and Spray Paint on Canvas 116x81 © © David Abse 2010
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Immaterial, 2011 Acrylic and Spray Paint on Canvas 116x81 © © David Abse 2011
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Fenetre Vista, 2011 Acrylic and Spray Paint on Canvas 100x80 © © David Abse 2011
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If You Tolerate This
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townscape diptych, 2010 Acrylic and Spray Paint on Canvas 92 X 55cm © © David Abse 2010
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There is colour, there is light - there is no god but that's a, 2010 Acrylics, Crayon, Ink and Spraypaint on Canvas 50x150cm © © David Abse 2010
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Kill Bill, 2010 Acrylic and Spray Paint on Paper 65x50 © © David Abse 2010
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Another Girl, Another Planet, 2010 Acrylics and Spraypaint on Board 65x50cm © © David Abse 2010
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5 Gears in reverse, 2010 Acrylics and Spraypaint on Wet Paper 50x37cm © © David Abse 2010
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Street market, café musicians, France, 2010 Acrylic on Canvas 96 X 165 X 2.5 Centimeters © © David Abse 2010
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Boire du vin, 2010 Acrylics, Spraypaint on Canvas 116x81cm © © David Abse 2010
20101012101516-sunshineinabagsmall
(I got) Sunshine in a bag, 2010 Acrylics, Crayon, Ink and Spraypaint on Canvas 115 X 160cm © © David Abse 2010
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Market Musicians, Ganges, 2010 Ink 40x50cm © © David Abse 2010
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Visage du marché, 2010 Acrylic on Canvas 40x50 © © David Abse 2010
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Pic Saint Loup, Poppies (pastels), 2010 Pastels on Paper 25x25cm © ©
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Poppies in a Pink Pewter Pot, 2010 Acrylic on Canvas 40x50 © © David Abse 2010
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Les Matelles 2, 2010 Acrylic on Canvas 140x90 © © David Abse 2010
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Pic Hortus Bird, 2010 Acrylic on Canvas 100x80 © © David Abse 2010
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Les Matelles 3, 2010 Acrylic on Canvas 140x90
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Pic Expression, Coquelicots, 2010 Acrylic on Canvas 185 X 135 X 2.2 Centimeters © © David Abse 2010
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Paradise Lost and Found, 2010 Acrylic on Canvas 40 X 30 X 2 Centimeters © © David Abse 2010
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Pic, Raptor, 2010 Acrylic on Canvas 80x100 © © David Abse 2010
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Pic Red Sky, 2010 Acrylic on Canvas 50x40 © © David Abse 2010
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Market Musicians, Ganges, 2010 Acrylics, Spraypaint on Canvas 116 X 81 X 2.2 Centimeters © © David Abse 2010
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Blue Café, Red Parasols, 2010 Pastels on Unprimed Canvas 36 X 41 X 0.1 Centimeters © © David Abse 2010
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With Compliments, 2010 Acrylics, Crayon and Spraypaint on Canvas 100x80cm © © David Abse 2010
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Quick Facts
Birthplace
London
Birth year
1958
Lives in
Bize-Minervois, France
Works in
Narbonne, France
Schools
University of Wolverhampton, UK, 1983, BA (Hons)
Keele University UK, 1998, MA
Tags
spray art drawing landscape, printmaking landscape painting abstract landscape, abstract, mixed-media, landscape, modern, digital, graffiti/street-art, exhibition/performance
Statement

David Abse was born in London in December 1958. Despite being born in England, David never has felt that this defines his identity. His father (Dannie Abse) brainwashed him to support Cardiff City FC, and told his son that he was half Welsh, and half Jewish, and half English. David realised early on his father's mathematical shortcomings and was glad that his father had chosen a career as a poet rather than as a quantum physicist. David's mother (Joan Abse) was from Lancashire (St Helens) and her parents were English and Scottish. She moved to London as a young woman where she met David's dad, Dannie. After bringing up three kids, she became a renowned art historian.  David's maternal grandfather (Jack Mercer) had a profound effect on David's life: He worked as a shop steward for years in the Pilkingtons' glassworks in St Helens, but after he retired he went to art school every day for 30 years. He died over 20 years ago, aged 99, still a communist, determined not to get a telegram from the queen.  

Despite David's father's determination that David should get a "proper job", David went to Art school in Wolverhampton, and worked for many years in the voluntary sector in the UK - including several years as a union representative, and more years as CEO of Islington Voluntary Actiion Council (IVAC). After leaving IVAC in 2005 David set up a freelance consultancy business, Toosh, that would still be thriving if not for the bizarre decision of the UK populace to put the Tories in charge of ruining the country. Throughout these years David continued drawing and painting part time. 

Five years ago David moved to France, and returned to painting, drawing and printmaking full time. Plus a bit of writing.: David writes occasionally for L'Artiste and has a regular column in The Hérault Times. He also writes a fascinating blog.

David now lives with his family in a small house in the beautiful medieval village of Les Matelles in the Hérault. He still thinks of himself as half English, half Welsh, half Jewish and as a Londoner too. It is no surprise then that many of David's paintings focus on issues of identity. Amazingly, David's son Marley is a maths whizz.

Exhibitions:

  • 1983:  Tarmac Prize – Wolverhampton UK
  • 1984:  Ferens Art Gallery – Open  - Hull UK
  • 1984:  Bradford Print Biennale - UK
  • 1985: Kanagawa Print – Japan
  • 1985: Leigh Gallery, Kings Cross, London (solo show)
  • 1986: Open Print Exhibition, Krakow, Poland
  • 2010: September: "New Paintings", Matelles-Art Gallery, France
  • 2011: March: "Liquid Oxygen", Group Show, Icosahedron Gallery, New York, USA
  • 2011: April: "Le Printemps en Folie", Le Soleil Bleu Galerie, Lodève, France
  • 2011: May: "Animals", Art Nomade, Gignac, France
  • 2011: May 21: Pic Saint Loup “Festa Trail”, St Mathieu, France
  • 2011: June: "Boom", The Brick Lane Gallery, London, UK
  • 2011: June/July: "Animaux", Matelles-Art Gallery, France
  • 2011: October: Parallax Art Fair, London, UK
  • 2012: June: "Fleurs", Matelles-Art Gallery, France
  • 2012: July/August: "Celebration of Sport", Outside the White Cube, London, UK 
  • 2012: September: The Electric Cinema, Congleton, Cheshire, UK

Collections:

Francis Kyle Gallery, London (1984-1990)

Publications:

June/July 2011 edition of L’Artiste. See www.l-artistemagazine.com

 

 

 

 

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