David Clarke is often cited as one of Britainís most highly innovative silversmiths. Since graduating from the Royal College of Art in 1997, David has produced a wealth of covetable objects that have proven pivotal in the renaissance of contemporary British silversmithing. Clarke has a well-earned reputation for producing engaging, intelligent and challenging domestic objects.
The aesthetic most often associated with Clarkeís work relates to the subversive nature in which he responds to the entrenched traditions of silversmithing, often taking it to surprising extremes. This absolute willingness to experiment and play inappropriately sets Clarke apart.
Alongside his own practice, David has also been associate lecturer at; Konstfack, Sweden. South-Carelian Polytechnic Lappeenranta, Finland, Bergen National Academy of the Arts, Norway, Pforzheim School of Design, Germany and the Royal College of Art, London.
Clarke has curated several installations and exhibitions in the UK, Germany and Sweden.
Born 1967 Nottingham
1995-1997 MA by project; studying the production of domestic silverware, Royal College of Art
1989-1993 BA 3D design, majoring in silversmithing and metalwork, Camberwell College of Art
2007 The Sothebys Award at Collect.
2005 The Jerwood Applied Arts Prize: Metal 2005 shortlisted finalist.
2002 The Woo Charitable Foundation awarded bursary.
1999 The Crafts Council Setting Up Grant.
1998 Diploma of Excellence.Talente, Germany.
2010 Precious, Hove Museum, UK
2009 UK/OK, British Council touring. Oklahoma, USA.
Rosť, Galerie Rosemarie Jaeger. Germany.
Collect, Saatchi Gallery, London.
2008 Leading Lights, Swalesdale Museum, UK.
10 Years Innit!. Barrett Marsden, London.
Think Tank. Austria, UK, Germany, Sweden.
Gravity. Gustavsbergs Konsthall Stockholm.
2005-2008 Collect. represented by Galerie SO Switzerland.
2007 Containing Craft. V&A Museum, London.
New Silver.Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, Swansea.
Hue, Line, Form. CAA, London.
2006-2007 The Everyday.Flow Gallery then touring UK.
2005 Jerwood Applied Arts Prize: Metal. touring UK.
David Watkins and his students.CAA, London.
2005 Celebrating 30 Years of Crafts.V&A Museum, London.
2004 Creation. The Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths.
2007 Tat Moderne, Galerie SO, Switzerland.
Cut and Shut, Galerie Marzee, The Netherlands.
Selected public collections
Victoria & Albert Museum.
Swalesdale Lead Museum.
The Marzee Collection.
The Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths.
Birmingham City Museum and Art Gallery.
Shipley Art Gallery.
The British Council.
- CAA Exhibitions
- Current Exhibition
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