David Morgan-Davies

Category: art

I am very pleased to be showing two pieces of work from my new ‘Life Before Colour’ series at the first Plymouth Contemporary Open exhibition.

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As a starting point the Life Before Colour series uses my fathers and grandfathers colour slides of Cardiff from the 1950/60’s (Bute Park Nursery and Alexandra Gardens). The work reflects upon my own roots; photography as historical documents and cities as evolving landscapes.

Playing with the perception that history is often seen in Black & White, the works juxtapose prints of my forefathers slides sitting behind my own black & white images printed directly onto glass. These physical printed layers create a subtle optical tension between old and new; both in terms of the images and technologies used to create them.

 

Plymouth Contemporary Open
11 July – 29 August 2015

Peninsula Arts Gallery
Plymouth University
1A Roland Levinsky Building
Drake Circus
Plymouth
Devon PL4 8 AA

The full list of artists featuring in the exhibition is as follows: Bram Thomas Arnold, ATOI (Amy Thomas and Oliver Irvine), Dan Beard, Harriet Bowman, Jennifer Boyd and Alice May Williams,  Jessie Brennan, Bristol Diving School, Chloe Brooks, Michael Cox, Tim Foxon, Naomi Frears,  Laura Gower, Jane Hayes Greenwood, Will Kendrick, Samuel Levack, Jennifer Lewandowski,  Cathy Lomax, Mateusz Marek, Pilar Mata Dupont, David Morgan-Davies, Ailbhe Ni’ Bhriain, Steven Paige, Sarah Poots, Michael Porter, Ruaidhri Ryan, and Paul Vivian.

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After seven successful events in London the Other Art Fair is coming to Bristol. The fair’s ethos is to give undiscovered artists a platform from which to showcase and sell their work: to gallerists, curators, critics and collectors. This is music to my ears.

60 artists including myself have been selected to showcase their work at the Arnolfini Gallery by a committee including Helen Legg, director of Spike Island, Paul Hobson, director of Modern Art Oxford, Cherie Federico, director of Aesthetica Magazine and Bristol Street Artist Sickboy.

The Other Art Fair will take over all three floors of the Arnolfini gallery during the weekend of 5-7 June 2015.

I’ll be showing and selling my work at Stand No.1 on the ground floor.

Opening Hours:
Friday 5th June: 5pm – 9:30pm (preview)
Saturday 6th June: 10am – 7pm
Sunday 7th June: 10am – 6pm

Day tickets, bookable on-line are £5

It’s nice to have my work featured in Bare Hill Publishing’s latest book ‘Landscape & Portrait #1’. This is the sixth book in their The State of Art, art book series and explores some of the more traditional subjects and techniques that artists are seeking to represent. The title alludes to the format of an image as well as the composition of the subject matter. The book includes the work of 41 Landscape & Portrait Artists, with 154 full colour pages, 209 illustrations including artist statements and biographies.

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The State of Art – Landscape & Portrait #1 is available via Amazon, Waterstones and other online book retailers for £24.99. A 25% discount is available if bought direct from Barehill’s Bookshop.

The State of Art – Landscape & Portrait #1
Edited by Andy Laffan.
Softcover, 10.8″ x 8″ (27.6cm x 20.3cm)
ISBN 978-1-909825-08-6

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‘hidden’: 40″ x 26″ Giclée print, aluminium dibond mounted, available as an edition of 7.
they cycle past – one of two short films shown.

The Searchers began as a ‘one year’ gallery project in Bristol promoting collectable contemporary art. We are now a roaming group of artists aiming to support and challenge each other in our individual practices, with studio visits, shared experiences and critical discussion. Our latest show includes painting, drawing, sculpture, photography & film.  As well as new body of work ‘Hidden’; inspired by the camps & structures of Leigh Woods by myself (photography and short films) the exhibition features the work of Harriet Aston, Stephen Buckeridge, Tony Eastman, Michael Hayter, Stuart Low, Jitka Palmer and Ruth Piper.  In addition we have commissioned Bristol art historian & writer, Lizzie Lloyd to write an accompanying text for the exhibition.

It was John Ford’s classic western ‘The Searchers’ that inspired our name. Obsessive and curious by nature artists travel alone, searching through unfamiliar territory, hoping for fresh insights & new configurations.

Shooting from the hip’
12-24 September 2014
Private view – Friday 12th September at 6pm

Centrespace
6 Leonard Lane
Bristol BS1 1EA
Tel: 07711 541 852

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I spent a fantastic day a couple of months ago taking part in the Sounding the City workshop.  The day organised by Nina Williams from the University of Bristol explored the use of field recording as a way of guiding and documenting an urban walk. Ten participants split into pairs then followed the same mapped route around the city centre. Each group was asked to make a sound recording at ten allotted locations.

The edited recordings are to be aired at the following exhibition at the Edwardian Cloakroom, Bristol:

Sounding the City

15th – 16th August 2014 (12pm – 6pm)
Private view – Thursday 14th August at 7pm

Edwardian Cloakroom
corner of Park Row/Woodland Road
Bristol BS1 5LS

BV Open Studios

April 29, 2014

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It’s Open Studios at BV Studios at the end of the month. The converted warehouse in Bedminster, Bristol houses over 100 artists who work in a variety of media. It’s always a great weekend and a great way to discover some wonderful art and chat to the artists who make it.

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I’m in Studio R5 (up the right hand staircase from the entrance hall), so please come along and say hello.

Opening times:
Friday 30th May: 6pm – 9pm
Saturday 31st May & Sunday 1st June: 11am – 6pm

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‘blown by the river’: 32cm x 47cm framed Giclée print, aluminium dibond mounted. available as an edition of 10.

As an associate artist with Walking the Land I am happy to be showing as part of ‘From the River and the Sea’.  The exhibition will feature work by painters, printmakers, photographers and sculptors, please view the Exhibition eGallery

‘From the River and the Sea’
The Old Passage Inn, Arlingham, Gloucestershire  GL2 7JR
Tel: 01452 740547

The exhibition runs from 6 May – 31 May

Tuesday to Friday: 11am – 10pm
Saturday & Sunday: 11:30am – 10pm

Walking the Land connect art, landscape and community, with the landscape and walking providing the catalyst for their creative activities.

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‘From the River and the Sea’ is part of the Stroud Valley Arts Site 2014 Festival

 

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‘dark matter iii’: 30cm x 40cm floating Giclée print, aluminium dibond mounted. available as an edition of 10.

For this years Bristol Festival of Photography I’m pleased to be showing a collection of images and one short film exploring the lure of the sea, at the wonderful Zion Community Arts space in South Bristol.

The Festival will run throughout May with photographers and artists showing at venues across the city.

The exhibition runs from 1 May – 30 May
Tuesday to Friday: 9:30am – 4pm
Saturday 10am – 1pm

Zion Community Arts
Bishopsworth Road, Bedminster Down, Bristol BS13 7JW
Directions: on street parking is available along Bishopsworth Rd and surrounding streets. The No.75/76 Showcase bus route stops opposite Zion and along Bishopsworth Rd. Parson St station is situated at the bottom of Bedminster Down Rd, approximately 10mins walk (uphill).

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‘the curve’: 51cm x 76cm Giclée print, aluminium dibond mounted, box framed. available as an edition of 10.

I’ll be showing some new (see above) and existing work with fellow BV studio holders at the Sidcot Community Gallery this summer. The exhibition showcases a range of artwork from ten selected artists, each exhibiting a small body of work. The show includes painting, photography, mixed media and more.

Ten selected artists:
Ruth Piper | Penny Jones | Ruth Wallace | Dave Morgan-Davies | Anne Adamson | Jess Bartlett | Heather Jane Wallace | Midge Naylor | Luke Mitchell | Astrid Foreman

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The exhibition runs from 10 May – 7 June
Thursday to Friday: 11am – 6pm
Saturday 10am – 4pm

Sidcot Community Arts Centre in the South West of England is a dynamic, flexible space that is home to visual arts, performance, music, workshops, talks, and much more. The gallery is only 15 miles from the city of Bristol and within one hour’s travel of Bath.

Sidcot Community Arts Centre, Sidcot School
Oakridge Lane, Winscombe, North Somerset, BS25 1PD

For more details visit the Sidcot Gallery website

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The Contemporary Landscape Photography Open is the W-CA’s second juried exhibition of 2013, focussing on contemporary photographic responses to landscape.  I’ll be showing ‘new-clear vision i’ as part of the show: a 26″ x 40″ floating Giclée print, aluminium dibond mounted, available as an edition of 10.

Artists:
ALIKI BRAINE * ALNIS STAKLE * BEN CAVE * COLIN THOMAS * CRAIG DOW * CHARLIE HURCOMBE * DAFNA TALMOR * DAN BURWOOD * DANIEL BOSWORTH * DARREN NISBETT * DAVE MORGAN-DAVIES * DAVID SHEPHERD * FERGUS HERON * FERNANDO MASELLI * GEOFF HODGSON * GLEN STOKER * HELEN SEAR * JAMES SMITH * JIM JOHNSTON * KAREN DENSHAM * LOUISE OATES * MARTINA LINDQVIST * MINNA PÖLLÄNEN PADDY KELLY  * PHILLIPA KLAIBER * ROB BLEWS * SAM KEMP * STEPHEN SHEEHAN * STEPHEN MONGER * SUJATA MAJUMDAR * SYLVIA STIFF  * TANIA COATES * TRISTAN HUTCHINSON * VICTORIA AHRENS * ZOE CHILDERLEY

Selected By:
Paul Seawright, Dan Holdsworth, Richard Billingham, Pete James, Jem Southam and Ivan & Heather Morison and Fiona Crisp.

The exhibition runs from 07 – 28 December 2013.
10:30am to 4:30pm

Worcester City Gallery & Museum,
Foregate Street, Worcester, WR1 1DT

For more details visit the W-CA website