The Borders Das Beiras – David Clapham

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November 2017
About This Project

D Contemporary is very happy to present

‘The Borders’ – ‘das Beiras’  David Clapham

8th – 21st November

Monday – Saturday | 11am – 6pm

Private View: 7th November 18:30 – 21:00

RSVP – sok@strategyinternational.co.uk

This exhibition is a collection of paintings and collages by David Clapham, produced over the last 4 years in his studio in Central Portugal. These works are the most recent series representing the ongoing working process to interpret the effects of time, memory and emotion stimulated by the landscape that surrounds him.

David Clapham is a contemporary British Artist whose career has spanned a wide range of entrepreneurial and creative output including 10 years working in corporate and broadcast media as a documentary film maker. In 1976 he co-founded the Bridewell studios complex in Liverpool which helped to launch the careers of artists such as Ian McKeever and Anish Kapoor. The range and scope of his involvement in the media and Fine Arts is impressive as his intellectual curiosity makes him always ready to explore new ideas. It was Clapham who, whilst lecturing at Liverpool Poly, invited Yoko Ono to perform her famous ‘happening’ at the Bluecoat Chambers 1967.

His career has taken him to diverse and sometimes dangerous places in the world and the search for a safe place and an edge of uncertainty permeate his images on canvas to this day.

As well as his North Yorkshire background Clapham has recently discovered an Eastern European heritage and a revisionist interest in modern history, particularly the period of widely felt anxiety during the Second World War. A recurring concern is inherited memory, he does not look at nature to represent what we all see. It is looking through the lens of history and recollection that sets in motion a series of memories, of a moment in time, a passage of a particular day, a particular colour, with its inherent memories that represent a true reality

Clapham has had a studio in Central Portugal for the last 12 years and now lives between there and central London. His recent work combines collage, acrylic paint and photo reproduction through a complex and lengthy process of scaling and resizing the image until it reaches a state of emotional familiarity that can be called completion. His working process is a series of re-statements of an underlying emotion, seen through the allegory and mysticism of nature, triggered by the unique quality of the Portuguese landscape. His large canvases are supported by small works created as part of the development of the final painting

Transition painting one
Acrylic and collage on canvas 1540 x 500mm

Transition painting two
Acrylic and collage on canvas 1540 x 500mm

Transition painting,

Acrylic on linen canvas, 1480 x 750cm

Uppingham Bridewell one

Acrylic on linen canvas, 1740 x 1080cm

 

Uppingham Bridewell two

Acrylic on linen canvas, 1740 x 1080mm

Passo landscape

Acrylic on linen canvas 1820 x 140mm

River painting,

Acrylic on linen canvas 1780 x 1270mm

Vila Nova do Ceira,

Acrylic on linen canvas 1800 x 1260mm

 

The George Ravina one

Acrylic on linen canvas, 1800 x 700mm

The Gorge Ravina two

Acrylic on linen canvas, 1800 x 700mm

Pedregoso River three

Acrylic on linen canvas, 1530 x 600mm

Rowsham Grey with mars yellow

Acrylic on linen canvas 1680 x 1180mm

 

Quarry picture

Acrylic on linen canvas 1500 x 1000mm

Quarry picture with azure blue

Acrylic on linen canvas, 1500 x 1000mm

Quarry collage

Acrylic and collage on canvas, on ply 1200 x 930mm

Dell two

Acrylic on linen canvas, mounted on ply 1200 x 600mm

 

Dell one

Acrylic on linen canvas, mounted on ply 1200 x 600mm

Crimple

Acrylic on linen canvas, mounted on ply 1480 x 470mm

Storyboard collage

Collage on board, 600 x 420mm

Valley Triptych drawing

Acrylic pen on linen canvas 1530 x 450mm

 

Valley image two

Acrylic on linen canvas 1520 x 1120mm

Valley image oblong

Acrylic on linen canvas 1500 x 780mm

The Gorge

Acrylic on linen canvas 1220 x 880mm

Strath

Acrylic on linen canvas on ply 1200 x 600mm

 

Passo Rotherhithe image

Acrylic on linen canvas 1650 x 1100mm

Cerulean river image,

Acrylic on linen canvas 1680 x 1150mm

Template narrative four (2 panel)

Acrylic on linen canvas 1600 x 1600mm

Template narrative three (2 panel)

Acrylic on linen canvas 1600 x 1600mm

 

Template narrative two (2 panel)

Acrylic on linen canvas 1600 x 1600mm

Woodland one

Acrylic on linen canvas 1600 x 800

Woodland two

Acrylic on linen canvas 1600 x 800

Permanent violet and ochre

Acrylic on linen canvas 1600 x 800

 

Line painting with sienna/cerulean,

Acrylic on linen canvas 2000 x 1200

Line painting with cerulean

Acrylic on linen canvas 1740 x 1080

Small river,

Photo collage on canvas 1080 x 200mm

Storyboard Collage Two,

Collage on ply 600 x 420mm