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David McDiarmid

David McDiarmid
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David McDiarmid is a Glasgow-based artist working predominantly in the fields of painting, model-making and installation. Born in Paisley, he grew up in Ayr and studied at Gray’s School of Art in Aberdeen where he graduated in Painting. David’s practice seeks to examine the notion of megalomania existing both historically and in today’s society.

In the last few years, architecture has been David’s main area of focus, particularly the means by which the built environment is often purposefully designed, constructed and used as a tool for power and propaganda.

Scaffolding has been a recurring motif in David’s work, its significance derived from its paradoxical position as both a fundamentally temporary structure, and its irrevocable status throughout the history of construction, where conceptually it time and again outlasts the permanent structures derived from it.

In producing this body of work David has incorporated materials and processes typically associated with architecture and construction. Often painting on surfaces cast with cement, plaster or concrete, juxtaposing them with precious materials such as gold leaf and faux marble to further explore the artifice of grandeur.

Integral to the development of David’s work up til now has been the consideration of how the installation and presentation of his paintings and models in an exhibition, can influence the viewer behaviourally or emotionally, like the architecture of power is designed to do.
Education

2017-2019
MLitt Curatorial Practice, Glasgow School of Art

2009 -2013
BA Hons Painting, Gray’s School of Art


Exhibitions

2018
Amassment, solo show, Mount Florida Studios, Glasgow.

2017
VAU Members Show, members group show, Crownpoint Gallery, Glasgow
Hidden Door Festival, invited artist, solo show, Leith Theatre, Edinburgh

2016
VAU Members Show, members group show, Main Gallery, Edinburgh Palette, Edinburgh
A Camel Is A Horse, members group show, Transmission Gallery, Glasgow.
Poor Art, selected group show, Settlement Projects, Edinburgh.
URBEX, selected group show, Newave Gallery, Aberdeen.
TOATY WEE, selected group show, VAU Corridor, Crownpoint Studios, Glasgow.
RSA Open 2016, selected group show, Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh.
SSA 118th Annual Exhibition, selected group show, Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh.
Departure, selected group show, Interview Room 11, Edinburgh.

2015
Paintings and Drawings Group Exhibition, selected group show, Newave Gallery, Aberdeen.
IR11 at Sluice 2015, selected group show, Sluice 2015, London.
Black Cube Collective Annual Show, selected group show, Gayfield Creative Spaces, Edinburgh.
VAU Members Show, members group show, Generator Projects, Dundee.
Prop III at The Plinth, solo show, The Plinth, Glasgow.
Projection, solo show, Interview Room 11, Edinburgh.
RSA Open 2014, selected group show, Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh.

2014
Black Cube Collective Annual Show, selected group show, St Margaret's House, Edinburgh.
Utopias of Collective Dreaming, selected group show, Generator Projects, Dundee.
VAU Members Show, members group show by Visual Artist Unit, Old Hairdressers, Glasgow.
Draw In, selected group show by 2141 Collective, St Margaret’s House, Edinburgh.
Vision & Values, members group show, Transmission Gallery, Glasgow.
Paint Like You Mean It Prize Exhibition, shortlisted group show, Interview Room 11, Edinburgh.
Megalomania, solo show, Inverness Museum and Art Gallery, Inverness
Royal Scottish Academy: New Contemporaries, selected group show, Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh
Amassment
  • David McDiarmid
  • Amassment
  • Casting
Centre For Revolutionising
  • David McDiarmid
  • Centre For Revolutionising
  • Modelling

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