David Clarke

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.

 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.

Selected Exhibitions
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.
Crafts Council.

  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.

Curatorial Work
 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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