David Abse Meet

David Abse

Narbonne, France

About David Abse

Narbonne, France

David Abse was born in London in December 1958. Never, however, has he felt simply English. In addition to “brainwashing” him into supporting Wales’ Cardiff City Football Club, his father maintained that he was “half Welsh and half Jewish and half English.” His mother, Joan, was from Lancashire, and her parents were English and Scottish. She moved to London as a young woman, where she met David’s dad and, after bringing up three kids, became a renowned art historian. Though perhaps more than either of his parents, David’s maternal grandfather, Jack Mercer, had a hand in shaping his identity. A career shop steward in the Pilkingtons’ glassworks, he went to art school every day after retirement, a full 30 years.

Despite his father’s determination that he should get a “proper job,” David went to art school in Wolverhampton and worked for many years in the voluntary sector—first as a union representative and later as CEO of Islington Voluntary Action Council (IVAC). After leaving IVAC in 2005, David set up a freelance consultancy business, Toosh, that would still be thriving if not for the “bizarre decision of the U.K. populace to put the Tories in charge of ruining the country.”

Over six years ago, he moved to the south of France and returned to painting, drawing and printmaking full time. David now lives with his family in a small house in the village of Bize-Minervois in the Aude. He thinks of himself as Londoner all the same—a half English, half Welsh, half Jewish Londoner. It is no surprise that many of David’s paintings focus on issues of identity.

Visit the artist’s site


Other works by David Abse


Selected Exhibitions

  • Outside the White Cube
    London, UK, 2012
  • Brick Lane Gallery
    London, UK, 2011
  • Art Nomade
    Gignac, France, 2011
  • Le Galerie Soleil Bleu
    Lodève, France, 2011
  • Bradford Biennale
    Bradford, UK, 1984

Press and Accolades

  • L'Artiste Magazine (Feature)
    July 2011
  • London Art, Artist of the Month
    June 2011
  • L'Artiste Magazine
    August 2013

Education

  • Keele University, MA
    UK,1999 
  • Wolverhampton SAD, BA(Hons)
    UK,1983 
office

Learn more about the benefits of our service

An Art Advisor will get in touch with you today to schedule a free consultation to discuss your artwork needs.

Get Started