Born 1988 · Edinburgh
Graduated 2010 · Edinburgh College of Art
Currently based in London


Scottish born artist David Cass has exhibited his multidisciplinary work in a range of exhibition venues and festivals since graduating in 2010. From Istanbul Museum of Modern Art, to MAXXI Museum in Rome. From Mansion House and the Royal Academy in London, to The Scottish Gallery and Royal Scottish Academy in Edinburgh.

Historian and past director within Centre Pompidou Roger Rotmann comments ‘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.’ Principally, Cass creates three-dimensional paintings using exclusively found objects and surfaces sourced at flea-markets, antique fairs and charity shops; though his practice also involves photography, digital media, writing, design, and sculpture. In February Cass recently held a seventh solo exhibition – Rising Horizon – and in July exhibited alongside Robert Callender and Joseph Calleja, in An Talla Solais, Ullapool.

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 (responsible) 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. These activities have had an increasing focus on climate change: mostly discussing issues of inundation and drought.

Cass recently received Winsor & Newton’s top award for his original projects in watercolour, and the Royal Scottish Academy’s Benno Schotz prize for most promising artworks created by a Scottish artist under 35. You can take part in Cass’ newest artwork Where Once the Waters, here.

 
With each new project, Cass’ exploration into environmental themes deepens...
— Lisa Muxworthy · The Scottish Gallery
Upon old metal advertisement signs, pill tins and even re-formed plastic-waste packaging, David Cass paints his seascapes: things of beauty in themselves, but also subtly exploring the Anthropocene. There is something of the miniaturist in Cass’ work, a focusing in on the detail, no matter what the scale, and that scale ranges from the very small to the very large. Cass finds his objects at flea markets, salvage yards, antique fairs...
— Excerpt from The Herald Newspaper · February 2019
Cass is a citizen of the world, at home wherever there is water, wood & weakening memory.
— Patricia Emison · Author & Art Historian
Not so far from Bill Bollinger ... but with a richer sense of the object.
— Duncan Macmillan · The Scotsman
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