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Abse,David-Fish triptych
Fish triptych / Mixed Media / 100x45 / 1100 USD

Description: Abstract, symbolism - exploring space, depth, identity

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David Abse

David Abse was born in December 1958. David studied art and design at the University of Wolverhampton in the early 1980s, and has subsequently exhibited his work throughout the UK (including the Francis Kyle Gallery in London, and the Bradford Biennale) and elsewhere in the world, including France, Japan and Poland. In 2009 David's work was featured on BBC TVís "The One Show". For many years David worked for various charities and campaigning organisations in the UK, and continues to actively support a number of community and campaigning groups. David now works full time as a painter and printmaker, and runs the creative enterprise Matelles-Art in the beautiful medieval of Les Matelles, in the Hérault in the south of France. There he offers artists' services (space, giclée printing) and art holidays.
Artist's Statement I have been drawing as long as I can remember. My grandfather was 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 now, aged 99, still a communist, determined not to get a telegram from the queen. He was and is my inspiration. My paintings are my interpretation of my environment and my life. They are driven by my environment, by my feelings, by music, my ideas. I interpret what is around me as well as what is part of me, into an image. I draw from life, and from memory, and from within - and without.. As a man much better than me said (Matisse) "I do not literally paint that table, but the emotion it produces upon me."
Exhibitions: 1983: Tarmac Prize Prints O Printmaking Open Wolverhamption, UK 1984: Bradford Print Biennale, UK 1985: Kanagawa Print Triennial, Japan 1985: International Print Open, Krakow, Poland 1985: Leigh Gallery, London, UK 2010: Matelles-Art Gallery, France March 2011: Icosahedron Gallery, New York, USA Collections: Francis Kyle Gallery, London (1984-1990) Forthcoming: April 2011: Le Soleil Bleu Gallery, Lodève, France June 2011: Brick Lane Gallery, London

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