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David Abse

David Abse
Narbonne, France

About the Artist

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…

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About the Artist

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.

Artist’s Work

Abstracts
Heart 6
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Heart 6

By David Abse

Heart 5
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Heart 5

By David Abse

Pain 2
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Pain

By David Abse

Pow r toc h
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Pow R Toc H

By David Abse

The wisdom of cats
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The Wisdom of Cats

By David Abse

Equal
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Equal

By David Abse

Tattoos of memories
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Tattoos of Memories

By David Abse

Phi
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Phi

By David Abse

Action 3
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Action

By David Abse

2 hearts
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2 Hearts

By David Abse

Time out
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Time Out

By David Abse

Duck theory
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Duck Theory

By David Abse

Its not you its me
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It's Not You, It's Me

By David Abse

No more
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No more

By David Abse

October 11th
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October 11th

By David Abse

Here we go again
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Here we go again...

By David Abse

Black flag
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Black Flag

By David Abse

E
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e

By David Abse

Disequilibrium
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Disequilibrium

By David Abse

Shoot the messenger
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Shoot the messenger

By David Abse

Coffee grounds and tabasco sauce
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Coffee Grounds and Tabasco sauce

By David Abse

Red palette
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Red Palette

By David Abse

Red flag
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Red Flag

By David Abse

Heart 3
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Heart 3

By David Abse

Heart 4
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Heart 4

By David Abse

Heart 7
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Heart 7

By David Abse

The ghost in the machine
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The Ghost in the Machine

By David Abse

Red v blue
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Red v Blue

By David Abse

Luca brassi he sleeps with the fishes
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Luca Brassi He Sleeps With The Fishes

By David Abse

Flowers/Still Life
Blue flowers in a stripy vase
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Blue flowers in a stripy vase

By David Abse

Orange flowers bad back
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Orange Flowers, Bad Back

By David Abse

Autumn bouquet
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Autumn Bouquet

By David Abse

Fleurs
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Fleurs

By David Abse

Pomegranates 2
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Pomegranates

By David Abse

Cezanne meets interflora 2
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Cezanne meets Interflora

By David Abse

Places
Ny2011
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NY2011

By David Abse

Cat and bird
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Cat and Bird

By David Abse

Cats and gods
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Cats and Gods

By David Abse

Morocco
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Morocco

By David Abse

Fenetre marocaine dans la nuit
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Fenêtre marocaine dans la nuit

By David Abse

Cafe with green table and chairs
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Café with Green Table and Chairs

By David Abse

Pic red sky
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Pic Red Sky

By David Abse

Vines
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Vines

By David Abse

People/Personages
Big bill hayward
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Big Bill Hayward

By David Abse

Market musicians
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Market Musicians

By David Abse

Head
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Head

By David Abse

Visitors 3
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Visitors

By David Abse

Alien winter
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Alien Winter

By David Abse

Man with hat
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Man with hat

By David Abse

Proudhon after courbet
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Proudhon (after Courbet)

By David Abse

Alien revenge
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Alien Revenge

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