Here, on plastic food packaging, advertisement signs, pill tins, hook-on racing car numbers… Cass paints his seascapes – things of beauty in themselves, celebratory, but also more subtly exploring the terrifying fallout of the Anthropocene.

Critics choice: The Herald

Rising Horizon 2019
Installation view

Horizon 42% 2018
Oil & varnishes on copper boiler · 79 x 70 x 30 cm

Every artwork David Cass has created since leaving art school is united by a relentless illustration of water: in its presence, abundance, absence. As his practice has developed, so too has the imagery through which he has presented this ongoing study. As painted bodies of water have filled and risen, thicker marks and more permanent paints have become flooding and over-spilling. From imagination – or exaggeration – in the case of his Overpaintings, to documentary in the case of his Almería, Florence, Venice and Paris works.

Trays 2017—2019
Oil on printmakers’ galley-trays · each 17 x 19 cm

Alboran 2018
Oil on tin · 11 x 15 x 2.5 cm

Horizon 48% 2018
Oil on street sign · 109.5 x 65 cm (detail)

The notion of a rising horizon is both evocative and timely. Sea level is rising. This new global phenomenon needs our attention. Cass’s series of paintings creatively pose the topic from dozens of diverse perspectives, upon a variety of supports. Despite appearing to be playful in form, these paintings act as a kind of miniature icepick to the brain, raising awareness.

John Englander: oceanographer & author

Horizon 30% 2019
Oil on enamelled Postes sign · 70.2 x 35 cm

Stacks 2017—2018
Oil on assorted antique tins + mixed-media supports

Observations on the effects of Venice’s rising lagoon prompted this project, which has evolved into an environmental study focussed on the topic of sea rise. Taking a step toward minimalism has allowed the artist to focus solely on charting an abstract rising horizon. The series is ongoing: follow the link below to view more.

Horizon 59% 2019
Oil on miscellaneous box · 30 x 40.5 x 8 cm