The brushstrokes in A New Leaf allude to the form of a popular houseplant, Sansevieria trifasciata, also known as mother-in-law’s tongue.
A New Leaf is the first of a series of paintings in which formerly abstract gestures are re-configured as botanical forms. The single brush strokes become a stand in for a plant, rather than aiming to depict the plant accurately. The artist says of his work "Having always seen myself as an abstract painter, A New Leaf marks a return to a kind of loose figuration in my practice. This painting is about re-contextualising the large gestural abstract brush mark."
This interest in plants, along with a desire to reduce the waste created as a by-product of his paintings, has recently led to a radical shift in David's practice. "My ambition is to create oil paintings that could be biodegradable and non-toxic. This has allowed me to cultivate my long-standing interest in colour and the materiality of paint, by forcing me to use natural earth pigments and organic pigments synthesised from plants, such as woad, weld and madder."
A New Leaf marks the start of this consideration of paintings impact on our environment.
David has a BA in Painting Camberwell College of Arts and a MFA Fine Art from Goldsmiths. He has taught Fine Art and is currently shortlisted for the HIX award 2019.