Approved: 17.05.2007

David Manley

Artist, Curator, Event organiser, Project manager, Writer

Approved: 17.05.2007

I am an artist, writer and curator with many years experience of contemporary art production, curation and writing. My practice and research falls into two distinct though interrelated activities - original artworks and commentaries on contemporary work. In my recent paintings text and image are combined to produce lyrical commentaries on the natural world with a particular fascination with the sea. During Lockdown I have also used found materials for a series of constructuions titled 'Paintings Standing Up'. At the time of writing the most recent of my projects is a group show titled 'Better Days' that will open at Harbour House, Kingsbridge in the late summer with three other artists, Sarah R Key, Moira Baumbach & Allan Green.

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    Artist Statement

    I am an artist, writer and curator with many years experience of contemporary art production, curation and writing. My practice and research falls into two distinct though interrelated activities - original artworks and commentaries on contemporary work. In my recent paintings text and image are combined to produce lyrical commentaries on the natural world with a particular fascination with the sea. During Lockdown I have also used found materials for a series of constructuions titled 'Paintings Standing Up'. At the time of writing the most recent of my projects is a group show titled 'Better Days' that will open at Harbour House, Kingsbridge in the late summer with three other artists, Sarah R Key, Moira Baumbach & Allan Green.

    I am currently a member of the Contemporary British Painting group and have shown in most of their recent major group exhibitions including China & Poland.  Recently I have had a work in Paradoxes at the Quay Arts Centre, Newport IOW and Stand Close And Breathe Me In at the Elysium Gallery, Swansea.  A painting from my Lunar Pulls series will also be in the show, Vitalistic Fantasies, at Elysium from 4 June, 2022.

    CV & Education

    Qualifications and training 2010 - Masters in Photography, De Montfort University, Leicester 1974 - Master of Fine Art, Birmingham Institute of Art & Design, Birmingham. United Kingdom

    Solo exhibitions 2015 Winter Cycle, New Court Gallery, Repton  2013 - Epidemic!/Black North, Angear Gallery, Nottingham,  2011 - From The Earth Wealth, Tarpey Gallery, Castle Donington, Derby 2008 - New Paintings, Harrington Mill Studios, Long Eaton Nottingham 2005 - (un) Shore Lines, Centro de Arte de S. Joao da Medeira, San Joao da Madeira, Portugal

    Selected group exhibitions 2015 Geometry:Wonky & Otherwise, Deda, Derby 2014 about painting, Castlefield Gallery, Manchester Pareodolia, Plusspace, Coventry 2012 - Ostrale 012, Ostrahage, Dresden 2010 - Supermarket 2010, Kulturhuset, Stockholm, Sweden 2006 - Simple As Breathing, Art Planning Room, Toyko, Japan