David Cass

Artist Biography

David Cass was born in Edinburgh, and brought up in the Scottish Borders. He graduated with First Class Honours from Edinburgh College of Art in 2010, receiving the Royal Scottish Academy’s John Kinross Scholarship to Florence. The RSA now holds six of his artworks in their permanent collection. He is based in the UK, thoughs take frequent research trips onto mainland Europe and has spent extended periods of time working in Italy, Belgium, Spain and France. His work has been exhibited throughout Scotland and England, and further afield too (Florence, Brussels, Barcelona, Toronto) with private collections throughout Europe, and in Canada, America & Australia. A list of current, upcoming and previous exhibition dates can be seen at www.davidcass.art

Artist Statement

Edinburgh College of Art was an incredible experience. I was fortunate enough to continue creating immediately after graduating, and my practice has gradually developed. I see June 2013 as a benchmark in my career thus far: this was my first full-scale solo exhibition (Years of Dust & Dry, The Scottish Gallery). 

My painting practice is heavily concerned with the past. I work exclusively with found objects, creating artworks with, and upon, items and objects of considerable age. I create paintings that bear witness to their previous lives, picking surfaces that speak of function, of use. In these paintings, the subject matter has always been the passing of time - most evidently in my paintings of sea: timeless scenes aimed at offering the viewer a moment of reflection. 

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“David Cass’s seascape, made from a piece of recycled timber, is not so far from Bill Bollinger’s minimal drawings, but with a richer sense of the object.” The Scotsman, George Bain
Selected Exhibitions 

Awards / Competitions

The Alexander Flynn Bequest, 2009 

The Royal Scottish Academy John Kinross Scholarship, 2010 

The ArtSpace2Let (Artist of the Year) Award, 2010 

Finalist in the Jolomo Bank of Scotland Awards, 2011 

Arts Trust Funding, 2011 

Royal Scottish Academy Funding, 2011 

The RSMA Young Artist Award (First Place), 2011 

The Royal Watercolour Society Award (First Place), 2012 

C.A.B.N Funding, 2012 

South of Scotland Visual Artists Award (Funding), 2012 

The Telfer Gallery Exhibition Award, 2012 

Shortlisted (and selected for tour) The Sunday Times Watercolour Competition, 2012 

Part of the National Open Art Competition, 2013 

Long-listed for The Threadneedle Prize, 2014 

Royal Watercolour Society Contemporary Competition, 2014 

Arts Trust Funding, early 2014 

Selected to participate in a series of residencies with JOYA: ARTE + ECOLOGÍA 

Selected to be Artist in Residence at The Hafnarfjörður Centre of Culture and Fine Art, Hafnarborg 

Timeline: recent 2014/2015

TONIGHT RAIN / TOMORROW MUD The Scottish Gallery: Edinburgh - Artworks (on paper) describing recent travels, as well as scenes of historic floods - chiefly, inundation in Florence and Paris July 2015 

"Quest'Arno! Quest'Arno!" The SACI Gallery: Florence Collaborative exhibition on the subject of the Florence 1966 flood, with artist Stephen Kavanagh - SACI Gallery, Palazzo dei Cartelloni, March 9th - April 10th 2015 

October 2014: Affordable Art Fair (AAF) London 2014, Jamm Gallery & Bo Lee Gallery, Bo Lee Gallery, London is taking a selection of David's small-scale artworks to this year's AAF 

June 9th - August 17th 2014: Royal Academy Summer Show 2014 The Royal Academy, London June 14 - August 16th 2014: Scottish Art Today Bohun Gallery, Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire 

June 23rd - 30th 2014: Obsession Embassy Tea Gallery, Union Street, London | Curated by Charlotte Meddings 

Early April: Talk & Workshops for B.A, First Year & H.N.D Students at Isle of Man College 

March 28th - April 5th 2014: Hidden Door (Edinburgh Arts Festival) Edinburgh's Market Street Vaults | Outdoor mural 

March 7th – 19th: Royal Watercolour Society | Contemporary Competition 2014 Bankside Gallery, London 

Selected Dates : FROM 2011 - 2013

March 2011: Six artworks chosen by the Royal Scottish Academy for their permanent collection 

April 2011: Finalist (1/7) in the Bank of Scotland Jolomo Awards 

April 2011: When The Moon Hits Your Eye | Group Exhibition of 9 Royal Scottish Academy John Kinross Scholars | Shoreditch Town Hall, London 

July - August 2011: Invited Artist, Edinburgh Arts Festival | Solar Pavilion, St Andrew’s Square, Edinburgh 

Sept - Oct 2011: Unearthed | Solo show in The Scottish Gallery November 2011: Right Place, Time Left | Collaborative Exhibition | VDK, Brussels 

November 2011: The Royal Society of Marine Artists | Mall Galleries, London | First Place in the Young Artist competition 

November 2011: Toronto Art Fair 

February 2012: Received the Royal Watercolour Society Award, at the RWS Contemporary Watercolour Competition 2012 

March 2012: Lecture about my practice in the Royal Scottish Academy 

April 2012: Contemporary Perspectives | The Mall Galleries | Inaugural exhibition in the Threadneedle Space, London 

May 2012: The Listener | Collective Exhibition (of John Kinross scholars) | The Telfer Gallery, Glasgow 

June – July 2012: Drawing From The Landscape | Projects Room, The Royal Scottish Academy | The Mound, Edinburgh 

Oct - Dec 2012: The Sunday Times Watercolour Competition | The Lightbox, Surrey & The Mall Galleries, London 

December 2012: Selected to be part of the BBC's Your Paintings collection 

April 2013: Travelling Light | An Talla Solais, Ullapool 

June 2013: Years of Dust & Dry | The Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh 

August – September 2013: Paper Planes | The Cloudhouse, Stow 

October 2013: the National Open Art Competition | The Royal College of Art, London