David Clarke is often cited as one of Britain’s most highly innovative silversmiths. Since graduating from the Royal College of Art in 1997, Clarke 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 Clarke’s 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.
1995-97 Royal College of Art.
MA by project; studying the production of domestic silverware.
1989-93 Camberwell College of Art.
BA 3D design, majoring in silversmithing and metalwork.
2011 Lodz Design Festival, Poland.
Transformation and Metamophosis. Galerie Handwerk, Munich, Germany.
Gwang ju Design Biennale. Korea.
Metadomestic. Applied Art and Other Exceptions, Landesgalerie, Linz, Austria.
2011 Mindful of Silver. Goldsmiths Hall, London.
2011 Modern Masters. Handwerkskammer fur Munchen, Germany
2011 Host. Collaboration with David Gates. Velvet Da Vinci, San Francisco. USA.
2005-10 Collect. represented by Galerie SO Switzerland.
2010 Intelligent Trouble. Collaboration, CAA, London.
2010 Precious: reclaiming Art and Craft, Hove Museum UK
2009 UK/OK: Exploring Traditions in Contemporary Design, British Council touring. Oklahoma, USA.
2009 Rose. Galerie Rosemarie Jaeger, Germany.
2009 The Revivalists. curator Max Fraser. CAA, London.
2008 Leading Lights.Swalesdale Museum, UK.
2008 10 Years Innit!. Barrett Marsden, London.
2008 Gift. Think Tank. Austria, UK, Germany, Sweden.
2008 Gravity. Gustavsbergs Konsthall Stockholm.
2007 Containing Craft. V&A Museum, London.
2007 New Silver.Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, Swansea.
2007 Solo.”Tat Modern.” Galerie SO, Switzerland.
2006-7 The Everyday.Flow Gallery then touring UK.
2007 Solo Galerie Marzee, The Netherlands.
2005 Jerwood Applied Arts Prize: Metal. touring UK.
2005 David Watkins and his students.CAA, London.
2005 Celebrating 30 Years of Crafts.V&A Museum, London.
2004 Creation. The Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths.
Selected Public Collections
New College Oxford, UK.
Swalesdale Museum, UK.
The Marzee Collection. The Netherlands.
The Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths.
Birmingham City Museum and Art Gallery.
Victoria & Albert Museum.
Shipley Art Gallery.
The British Council.
2010 The Jerwood; Contemporary Makers, winner
2007 The Sothebys Award at Collect.
2005 The Jerwood Applied Arts Prize: Metal 2005 short listed finalist.
2002 The Woo Charitable Foundation award.
1999 The Crafts Council Setting Up Grant.
1998 Diploma of Excellence.Talente, Germany.
2009 In Transit Curated with Simone ten Hompel, Schmuck 09, Munich, Germany.
2008 Tea’s Up! Curated at Contemporary Applied Arts, London.
2008 In response to… Curated with Simone ten Hompel, Schmuck 08, Munich, Germany.
2008 Curated Brainfood at Gustavsberg. Konsthall,Stockholm, Sweden.
2011 Stockholm, Sweden.
2011 Antwerp, Belgium.
2011 Rhode Island School of Design, USA.
2009-10 Pforzhiem, Germany.
2009 Bergen, Norway.
2008 Laapeenranta, Finland.
2007 The Royal College of Art,UK.
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