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David Reekie

"A unique vision of the human condition..."

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Meet David Reekie

David Reekie is an internationally renowned glass artist, whose work interrogates themes of politics, society and the self. David studied Glass and Ceramics at Stourbridge College of Art from 1967-70.  He was one of the founder members of British Artists in Glass. His work is held by a number of museums and galleries across the world, and he is highly respected for his innovative approach to lost wax casting.

In 1988 he was awarded a Winston Churchill Fellowship to study Alternative Architectural Glass in U.S.A.  He was short listed for the Jerwood Prize for Glass in 1998 and his work was selected for exhibition at the G8 Summit in Birmingham. In 2011 he was awarded an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Arts from the University of Wolverhampton.

 

About the Work

David’s work is influenced by man’s reaction and adaptation to the society in which he lives. We live in a world that grows more complex and difficult to comprehend, with its tensions and temptations that pull us in different directions.

Although glass is his main medium, he does not glorify it as a material. He manipulates it in a way that almost destroys its beauty to create a much darker feel to his ideas.

There are elements of both design and decoration in his work and he uses the human figure to introduce a narrative which suggests any particular theme or idea.

Politics and how society affects our lives is always a constant influence.  By using the juxtaposition of the figures, facial expressions, especially the position of the eyes and the angle of the head, David tries to indicate subtle nuances in our relationships with each other.

His main techniques are casting and lost wax casting, allowing him to explore and develop his ideas before touching the glass.

 

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