David Cass’s artistic approach is wide-ranging; each project anchored by sustainability and environmental campaign. While painting and construction are the artforms he returns to most often, his recent projects also include photography, writing, survey and curation. Bound by their use of found and recycled materials, Cass’s artworks each investigate water in some way: from straight depictions of sea, to illustrations of sea-rise; from commentary on extreme climatic events such as drought and flooding, to the melting of ice in the Arctic. Cass believes wholeheartedly that art is a beacon in this time of climate crisis.
David was born in Edinburgh and brought up in the Scottish Borders. He received a Royal Scottish Academy scholarship soon after graduating from Edinburgh College of Art in 2010. He is currently based in London.
In a new project, David has launched a survey to collect sea-level data personalised to each of us. You are invited to take part.
In collaboration with artist Joseph Calleja, the estate of artist Robert Callender, An Talla Solais gallery & Lateral Lab, this (ongoing) Creative Scotland backed project presents varied perspectives on the coast.
Ongoing project and recent solo exhibition: environmentally themed artworks, painted upon re-formed plastics and recycled metals.
A side-project launched in 2015 in collaboration with artist Gonzaga Gómez-Cortázar, providing an online platform for creative responses to the climate crisis.