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David Kefford

Fellowship:  January 2000 – January 2005 Farmhouse

Artform: Mixed media

Low –tech ‘craft’ processes are used to alter the shape and form of found, cheap and second-hand objects in an effort to produce extra-ordinary, unknown and new forms with a surrealist sensibility. The pre-existing objects are deliberately manipulated and re-configured, often being transformed beyond recognition.

Sculptures become stretched and nailed into walls or bound tight and exhausted of life, whilst others are allowed to sag, droop and flop down walls, in space or on the floor. At once the pieces can appear tragic and sad. They are usually presented in a state of coming together and falling apart and are imbued with, contradictory, human emotions such as loneliness, vulnerability, bravery and strength.


1999 MA Fine Art – University of Brighton.

1996 BA Fine Art – The Hull School of Art and DesignProjects

2007 Take Over Residency – Pump House Gallery, London

2006 Installing Drawing – Artist-in-Residence (in collaboration with Ansel Krut), The Centre for Drawing, Wimbledon

2005 Transmutation – A Site-Specific Outdoor Sculpture Commission – Taxi Gallery, Cambridge.Solo Exhibitions (selected):

2005-06 The Balance of Being – National Touring Exhibition – UH Galleries, Rugby Art Gallery and Museum, 20-21 Visual Arts Centre.2005 Born Again – Wysing Arts Centre2005 Unbecoming – 1,000000mph Project Space, London2004 Disturbance – Dean Clough Galleries, Halifax.

2003 Touching – The Gallery, Stratford-Upon-Avon.Group Exhibitions(selected):

2007 Obstacle, New UK Sculpture, Spectacle Gallery, Birmingham

2006 10th Planet – Unit A04, Bermondsy, London

2006 2-person show (with Paul Becker), Rockwell, London

2005 Future Primitive – One in the Other, London.

2005 Plasty Scene – Catalyst Arts, Belfast.

2005 Faux Realism – Rockwell, London

2004 First Assembly – The Ragged School Rooms, London.

2004 World B – Flaca, London.2003 Bursary Exhibition – RBS Gallery, London.

2003 Et Tu Billy Buzman – Nancy Victor Gallery, London.

2003 Open Sculpture Triennial – Royal West of England Acade

2002 Kettle’s Yard Open – Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge.

2002 Mostyn Open 12 – Oriel Mostyn Gallery, Llandudno, Wales.

2001 The Jerwood Drawing Prize – Touring Exhibition


2006 Grants for the Arts – Arts Council England, East

2005 Escalator Visual Arts – Commissions East, Cambridge.

2005 Grants for the Arts – Arts Council England, East.

2003 The Roy Noakes Bursary Prize

2003 Royal British Society of Sculptors Bursary.

Bibliography (selected):

2005 Contemporary – News, London. Richard Dyer, Issue 73, Page 122005 Time Out – Faux Realism, Rockwell. Helen Sumpter. April 20th-27th. Page 542004 Guardian Guide – Moral Fibre. Robert Clark. August. Page 36.2004 Metro Newspaper – Disturbance, Mickey Noonan, April 2nd. Page 182001 AN Magazine – SIGNPOST – The New Graduates Guide to being an Artist, Wendy Mason. May 2001.


2005 The Balance of Being – 48-page Full Colour Catalogue. Axis Graphic Design. Editoriale Bortolazzi Stei, Verona.

2003 Open Sculpture, Contemporary Sculpture selected by Open Submission, Catalogue. Midway Colour Printing Plc. Page 19.

2002 Kettle’s Yard Open 2002, Catalogue. Hilo colour printers Ltd. Page 13.

2001 The Jerwood Drawing Prize 2001, Catalogue. Styles Sircombe Designers and Printers

2000 Ida Branson Memorial Bequest Exhibition, Catalogue, Page 6.