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.