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.

Observations on the effects of Venice’s rising lagoon prompted this new series, 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 following gives an introduction to the series: paintings of sea and sky on metal and plastic-waste surfaces.


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

59% 2018
Oil on miscellaneous box · 30 x 40.5 x 8cm

Exhibition: 30th January — 23rd February 2019

The Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh

Opening 29th January: 6.30—8.30pm

Alboran 2017
Oil on tin · 11 x 15 x 2.5cm

30% 2018
Oil on enamelled Postes sign · 70.2 x 35 cm

“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

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

52% 2018
Oil on pill box · 3 x 4cm