Headshot of David Cass

From Istanbul Museum of Modern Art and Rome National Museum, to Mansion House and the Royal Academy in London, David Cass has exhibited in a wide range of multidisciplinary venues and festivals. Parisian author and historian Roger Rotmann comments that ‘in order to comprehend the true core of Cass’ work – the tension, the voltage that runs through it – one must observe it in the flesh’.

Cass mostly creates three-dimensional wall based artworks depicting land, city and sea, using exclusively recycled materials: ranging from antique wood to re-formed plastic waste. He recently received Winsor & Newton’s top award for his original projects in the watercolour medium, and the Royal Scottish Academy Benno Schotz prize as the most promising Scottish artist under 35.

Upon graduation from Edinburgh College of Art's school of drawing and painting, Cass received a Royal Scottish Academy scholarship to Florence, Italy (2010). This event had great influence on his practice: his current projects still make reference to the city. Furthermore, since those first weeks spent working abroad as a newly graduated artist, Cass has made travel a key component of his practice, as well as his exhibition activities. He has participated in projects worldwide, and has artworks in numerous collections, both public and private. His exhibition activities have an increasing focus on the environment.

Last year Cass presented his book Perimetri Perduti (based on the Florence flood of 1966) in The Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh, and before that in The British Institute, Florence. This project presents many of his working themes: discussing water-issues with reference to environmental change. Cass has shown regularly in The Scottish Gallery in Edinburgh (where he is currently based). His fifth solo exhibition with The Gallery – Rising Horizon – will open on January 29th 2019.

David Cass has an innate understanding of matière; a sensitivity to material, it’s texture, tone, pigment, weight and beyond this its context, history and emotional resonance. He works with found objects and by an act of appropriation and minimal intervention he creates works of art with quiet authority...
— Guy Peploe · Director of The Scottish Gallery
David Cass’ rapport with nature and matter is at once deep and yet deliberately distanced: he has established the capacity to observe from not too far away. Cass has situated himself in the ideal position to describe balance: with tact, without over-indulgence.
— Roger Rotmann · Retired Director of Cultural Development · Centre Pompidou