David Mach (b. 1956) is one of the UK’s most successful and respected artists, known for his dynamic and imaginative large scale collage, sculpture and installations using a wide range of materials, including coat hangers, matches, magazines and many others. The Scotsman describes his work as ‘big on gesture and big in proportion, it demands your attention and gets it’.
Mach’s first solo exhibition was held at the Lisson Gallery, London in 1982. His international reputation was quickly estab- lished and he has exhibited in solo and group exhibitions around the world including London, New York, Los Angeles, Melbourne, Hong Kong, Hakone, Tel Aviv and Warsaw. Public commissions include the tumbling telephone boxes, “Out of Order” in Kingston, “Train” in Darlington; “Big Heids”, visible from the M8 between Glasgow and Edinburgh; “It Takes Two”, sited North of Paris and in Marseille, Likeness Guaranteed commissioned by McMaster Museum of Art, Hamilton, and most recently, “Giants” in Vinadio, Italy and “Phantom”, commissioned by Morrisons supermarket for the Promenade in Kirkcaldy, Fife.
Born in 1956 in Fife, David Mach attended Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art where he chose to specialise in sculpture because he thought it was the most demanding, intellectually and physically. Following a postgraduate year, Mach won a scholarship to attend Art College in Warsaw. As Martial Law had been declared in Poland, he was unable to take up his place but instead was invited to do his MA at the Royal College of Art.
Mach became a part-time lecturer in the Sculpture School, Kingston University from 1982 to 1986 and was a lecturer at the Contemporary Art Summer School, Kitakyushu, Japan from 1987 to 1991. In 1988 he was nominated for the Turner Prize and four years later won Glasgow’s Lord Provost Prize. He became a Royal Academician in 1998. In 2000 he was appointed Professor of Sculpture at the Royal Academy Schools, London.
He received an honorary Doctor of Laws from the University of Dundee in 2002. In 2003 his “Arm’s Length” sculpture of a woman made in coat hangers won The Jack Goldhill Award for sculpture at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition. In 2004 he was elected an honorary member of the Royal Scottish Academy and the same year, the University of Dundee appoint- ed him Professor of Inspiration and Discovery. From 2006-2010 he became a Trustee of the National Portrait Gallery.
In 2011 Mach was awarded the Bank of Scotland Herald Angel Award for his exhibition “Precious Light”, a daring contem- porary interpretation of the King James Bible in the form of large-scale collage and sculpture. The same year, he also won the Glenfiddich Spirit of Scotland Award for Art.
David Mach currently works from his studio based in London.
SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS:
2015 Precious Light – Turin, Italy 2013 David Mach, New Works, Forum Gallery, NY 2013 Precious Light – Palazzo Frangini, Venice, Italy 2012 David Mach-Precious Light, Galway, Ireland, Mach-Mania : the David Mach Show, Opera Gallery, Hong Kong 2011 David Mach-Precious Light, City Arts Centre, Edinburgh 2010 “Iconography”, Opera Gallery, London 2009 Mach, Opera Gallery, Geneva 2008 “Size doesn’t matter”, Art Center de Vishal, Haarlem, Holland 2008 “Breaking Images”, The Cat Street Gallery, Hong Kong 2008 “David Mach”, DUTAC, Dubai 2007 “David Mach-In Seine”, Opera Garnier, Paris 2007 “Postcard Collages”, Jill George Gallery, London 2007 “David Mach”, Forum Gallery, NY 2006 “Visit London”, Touring exhibition, London, Milan, Berlin, Barcelona 2006 “The State of Heads”, Jill George Gallery, London 2006 “Fortune”, Mint Club, Hong Kong 2005 “New Collages and Sculpture, Forum Gallery, NY 2004 “New Collages”, Jill Georges Gallery, London 2003 “Straight Up”, Galerie Jérome de Noirmont, Paris 2002 “Hell Bent”, Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow 2001 Touring exhibition of original artwork of “Portrait of Britain” – 17 different venues 2001 “David Mach”, Galeria Communale d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, Rome 2000 “The Mild Bunch”, APT Gallery, London 2001 “Species”, Galerie Jérome de Noirmont, Paris 1999 “The National Portrait” commissioned for the Self Portrait Zone, The Dome, Greenwich, London
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