2021 Aesthetica Art Prize

I had the privilege to be among the 20 shortlisted finalists for the 2021 Aesthetica Art Prize, presented by Aesthetica Magazine. The shortlisted artists’ Exhibition, which included two of my images, ran from May 28 to September 5, 2021, at the York Art Gallery in York, UK.

The first video above, briefly highlights my art practice and discusses the two images chosen for the Aesthetica Art Prize exhibition. The second video highlights the practice of each shortlisted artist and their works chosen for the Aesthetica Art Prize.

The Aesthetica Art Prize is an annual exhibition that invites you to explore, discover and engage with new ideas. Aesthetica looks for artists redefining the parameters of contemporary art. The works on display in the exhibition are unearthing the intricate layers of what it means to be alive today. Life was complicated before Covid-19, but the pandemic has placed a new set of strains and challenges on society. However, the artists’ works are covering themes such as the climate crisis, colonial histories, racism, new technologies and the impact it has on our lives. The pieces draw on both personal and universal narratives and in many ways that unique blend of the macro and the micro makes this exhibition immediate, compelling and highly relevant for the times in which we live.

Genres include painting, photography, sculpture, video and installation, and these immersive works are part of a wider line of enquiry into our complex world. The featured projects span the UK, USA, Germany, Canada, Australia, Taiwan and Brazil. Aesthetica’s prestigious Art Prize Jury comprises influential art world figures, including curators, academics, gallerists, editors and practitioners whose expertise span across a range of media.

Artists are the chroniclers of our times. Through work that digests the very nature of life in the 21st century, we are able to question further, make sense of and unite in this time of uncertainty and change. Human history has been re-written, and we are living in that moment right now.

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Beauty can be strange. The strange can be beautiful.

I love to create photographs.

That may sound like a cliché, but it’s absolutely true. I’ve been a “creative” my entire life, however photography was an unanswered passion of mine for decades. Then, in 2013, I finally surrendered to the call and purchased my very first digital SLR camera. Tens of thousands of frames later, here I am.

Today, I spend a lot of my time creating lens-based art. Doing so thrills me to my marrow. I seem to have an eye for capturing images, and there are  awards and accolades in my Artist CV to back me up on that. (And I also appreciate the card that my Mom wrote.)

My passion as an artist is to capture human-altered landscapes with a sense of “the uncanny” – the psychological experience of something as strangely familiar. Familiar objects or places evoke a sense of being both beautiful and strange, reflecting a splendour we seldom notice. In my ongoing series, “Newer Topographics”, a canvas is created, which emphasizes the strong sense of isolation humankind feels due to the juxtaposition of natural landscape with solitary manmade constructs.

I believe that the essence of my art is in finding and making what at first glance may seem to be the ordinary, and then encouraging it to bring out its strangeness, and then bending that again to find its true beauty. And my sense of joy delights in the fact that it may take a moment or two for my images to reveal themselves to you.

However you see my work, I am thrilled that you simply have the chance to see it at all. One of the most exciting moments in my life is when the strange and the beauty that I see, come to life in a print, is then framed, and eventually hung on a wall or posted in the virtual world for all to experience and ponder.

Thank you for visiting my website. And thank you for being a part of this strange and beautiful world.

David

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