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David Gross MA Fine Art

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About David Gross

David Gross works with wind-felled trees, wood from managed forests, and salvaged timbers with holes and markings that hint at its history. When he`s working wood, he is simultaneously looking for new ways of using it, while researching how it was used historically. Marks and holes from previous use and natural flaws and splits are exploited for expressive purposes.

He enjoys using wood to make sculptures from observation and study.
In recent years he has made several sculptural studies of natural subjects such as insects, leaves, seeds and faces.

To give his subjects the impact and attention to detail that they deserve, David enlarges them as much as possible, and, in order to free himself from the limits of the size and structure of a tree, he will often have to use some heavy duty joinery and construction.

There is a point in the production of each sculpture when the object starts to attain its own identity. This is when his focus shifts from observation to a more open ended experimentation in new directions arising from the juxtaposition of rudimentary wood technology and complex anatomy.

This interaction itself becomes meaningful as, for instance, when a carving of a face becomes a fragile membrane, bearing scars and weather beaten, a cracked and pinned-together skin, struggling to protect that which lies behind. Though all the sculptures are actually extremely strong and durable, vulnerability and fragility are implied in every case

Exhibition History of David Gross

David Gross`s Exhibitions
Selected Recent Exhibitions
2011 "Art in the Pen" - Skipton
"Exchange" - South Korea
East Durham Artists Network at Sunderland Minster
2010 "Coast News" - St Ives
"Identity", Python Gallery, Middlesbrough - Two Person Show with Bruce Burn.
Other regular shows throughout the North East with East Durham Artists Network, including shows at the Botanical Gardens Durham, Sunderland Minster, and Greenfields Gallery, Newton Aycliffe.
"Art in the Pen" - Skipton

Biography / CV of David Gross

David Gross`s Biography
Born: Bolton, 1960 of English and Lithuanian parents.
Education
1991-1993 MA Fine Art, University of Northumbria.
1982-1985 BA (hons) Fine Art (Sculpture), First Class, West Surrey College of Art and Design.
1980-1982 Foundation Studies in Art and Design, Bolton Metropolitan College.
Fellowships
1989-1990 Artescape Fellowship, Sturton-by-Stow, Lincoln.
1985-1986 Euro Fellowship, Involved teaching and studio work in art schools in Exeter and Rotterdam.
Selected Recent Residencies and Commissions
2012 A series of Large scale sculptures and seats for Shadforth park, County Durham.
Entrance gateway carvings for a new children?s park at Bowes Museum.
Carved seating project for Durham Cathedral Riverbank.
2011 Two large scale outdoor classroom structures including seating and carvings for Mortimer Primary School, South Shields.
Carved arched entrance feature for Chopwell Village, Gateshead.
Arched gateway carvings for the Ribbon Primary, Murton, County Durham.
2010 A series of large scale sculptures and seats for View Lane Park, Stanley, Co Durham.
Large Scale circular seat for North Cemetery, Hartlepool.
?Iron Man? an electronics and timber sculpture for Cotsford Junior School, Horden, County Durham.
Coundon and Leeholme Allotment project - Carved seating and shelter.
Maori Story-telling seats ?Working with the Captain Cook Birthplace Museum for the Cultural Olympiad
2009 ?Mana Wacca? a twenty foot long Maori War Canoe made during a collaboration with George Nuku, a Maori artist.
A series of large scale carved seeds and leaves for Wingate Welfare Park, County Durham ? phase 2.
Carving for signage to the new exhibition space at Shipley Art Gallery, Gateshead.
2008 Healthworks, Easington - seating and large scale carvings focusing on health and water.
Wingate Welfare Park, woodland sculptures and seating - Phase 1.
Bowes Museum - ?Story tree?
2007 Durham Cathedral - ?St Cuthbert?s Chair?
Selected Recent Exhibitions
2011 ?Art in the Pen? ? Skipton
?Exchange? ? South Korea
East Durham Artists Network at Sunderland Minster
2010 ?Coast News? - St Ives
?Identity?, Python Gallery, Middlesbrough - Two Person Show with Bruce Burn.
Other regular shows throughout the North East with East Durham Artists Network, including shows at the Botanical Gardens Durham, Sunderland Minster, and Greenfields Gallery, Newton Aycliffe.
?Art in the Pen? ? Skipton

David Gross works with wind-felled trees, wood from managed forests, and salvaged timbers with holes and markings that hint at its history. When he?s working wood, he is simultaneously looking for new ways of using it, while researching how it was used historically. Marks and holes from previous use and natural flaws and splits are exploited for expressive purposes.

He enjoys using wood to make sculptures from observation and study.
In recent years he has made several sculptural studies of natural subjects such as insects, leaves, seeds and faces.

To give his subjects the impact and attention to detail that they deserve, David enlarges them as much as possible, and, in order to free himself from the limits of the size and structure of a tree, he will often have to use some heavy duty joinery and construction.

There is a point in the production of each sculpture when the object starts to attain its own identity. This is when his focus shifts from observation to a more open ended experimentation in new directions arising from the juxtaposition of rudimentary wood technology and complex anatomy.

This interaction itself becomes meaningful as, for instance, when a carving of a face becomes a fragile membrane, bearing scars and weather beaten, a cracked and pinned-together skin, struggling to protect that which lies behind. Though all the sculptures are actually extremely strong and durable, vulnerability and fragility are implied in every case.

Davids commissioners have included Durham Cathedral, Bowes Museum, The Captain Cook Birthplace Museum, Hartlepool Museum, Beamish Museum, Hampshire Sculpture Trust, and The Forestry Commission, as well as many local authorities, schools and community groups

Artist Statement of David Gross

David Gross`s Personal Statement
works with wind-felled trees, wood from managed forests, and salvaged timbers with holes and markings that hint at its history. When he?s working wood, he is simultaneously looking for new ways of using it, while researching how it was used historically. Marks and holes from previous use and natural flaws and splits are exploited for expressive purposes.

He enjoys using wood to make sculptures from observation and study.
In recent years he has made several sculptural studies of natural subjects such as insects, leaves, seeds and faces.

To give his subjects the impact and attention to detail that they deserve, David enlarges them as much as possible, and, in order to free himself from the limits of the size and structure of a tree, he will often have to use some heavy duty joinery and construction.

There is a point in the production of each sculpture when the object starts to attain its own identity. This is when his focus shifts from observation to a more open ended experimentation in new directions arising from the juxtaposition of rudimentary wood technology and complex anatomy.

This interaction itself becomes meaningful as, for instance, when a carving of a face becomes a fragile membrane, bearing scars and weather beaten, a cracked and pinned-together skin, struggling to protect that which lies behind. Though all the sculptures are actually extremely strong and durable, vulnerability and fragility are implied in every case

Symposiums

David Gross`s INTERNATIONAL ACTIVITIES
Most winters I travel to the french alps to take part in the Volliore Snow Carving Competition.
2006 Snow Carving Symposium, Valloire, France.
1999-2000 2000 Reasons to love the Earth, Exhibition touring major cities on six continents.
1996 Travelled to Lithuania to visit my Fathers birth place and to meet artists to discuss future exchanges. Guest artist at the Lithuanian Artsists Union Exhibition, in Kleipeda.
Wood carving symposium in Tallin, Estonia.
Snow Carving Symposium, Lavigno, Italy.
1995 Ice Carving in Volliore, including exhibition in 12 French Cities.
Snow Carving Symposium in Volliore, France.
1994 Snow Carving Symposiums in San Candido and San Vigilio, Italy.
1992 Travelled to Moscow and Kiev to meet artists and discuss future exchanges.
Sculpture Symposium in Sauve, Southern France.
1990 - 91 Exhibited with other British artists in Barcelona.
2nd Symposium in Oronsko, Poland, including exhibition in Warsaw.
Symposium in Albi, France. Symposium in Oronsko, Poland

Acquisitions / Collections of work by David Gross

David Gross`sAcquisitions
commissioners have included Durham Cathedral, Bowes Museum, The Captain Cook Birthplace Museum, Hartlepool Museum, Beamish Museum, Hampshire Sculpture Trust, and The Forestry Commission, as well as many local authorities, schools and community groups

Public Works of David Gross

David Gross`s Selected Recent Residencies and Commissions
2014 A giant sculpture based on a Horse Chestnut seed along with a seat and carved posts for Oxhey Park, Watford.
2013 A series of large scale sculptures based on the Cook voyages for Stewarts Park, Middlesbrough. Large curved backed seat with carvings for a community garden in Ecclefechan, Southern Scotland. Sculpture projects with Acre Rigg Infant and Junior schools in Peterlee, County Durham.
2012 A series of Large scale sculptures and seats for Shadforth park, County Durham.
Entrance gateway carvings for a new children`s park at Bowes Museum.
Carved seating project for Durham Cathedral Riverbank.
2011 Two large scale outdoor classroom structures including seating and carvings for Mortimer Primary School, South Shields.
Carved arched entrance feature for Chopwell Village, Gateshead.
Arched gateway carvings for the Ribbon Primary, Murton, County Durham.
2010 A series of large scale sculptures and seats for View Lane Park, Stanley, Co Durham.
Large Scale circular seat for North Cemetery, Hartlepool.
"Iron Man" an electronics and timber sculpture for Cotsford Junior School, Horden, County Durham.
Coundon and Leeholme Allotment project - Carved seating and shelter.
Maori Story-telling seats "Working with the Captain Cook Birthplace Museum for the Cultural Olympiad"
2009 "Mana Wacca" a twenty foot long Maori War Canoe made during a collaboration with George Nuku, a Maori artist.
A series of large scale carved seeds and leaves for Wingate Welfare Park, County Durham - phase 2.
Carving for signage to the new exhibition space at Shipley Art Gallery, Gateshead.
2008 Healthworks, Easington - seating and large scale carvings focusing on health and water.
Wingate Welfare Park, woodland sculptures and seating - Phase 1.
Bowes Museum - "Story tree"
2007 Durham Cathedral - "St Cuthbert`s Chair"

Qualifications / Education of David Gross

David Gross`s Education
1991-1993 MA Fine Art, University of Northumbria.
1982-1985 BA (hons) Fine Art (Sculpture), First Class, West Surrey College of Art and Design.
1980-1982 Foundation Studies in Art and Design, Bolton Metropolitan College

Teaching Experience

David Gross`s Teaching
has been involved in teaching since graduation in 85.
The Euro Fellowship involved teaching at degree level in both Exeter and Rotterdam. In 87 he taught art at Fullbrook private school in Hampshire and has been contimually involved in projects with schools groups and colleges ever since

Influences / Inspiration of David Gross

David Gross`s Influences
Medieval Sculpture, Aztec Sculpture, Egyptain Sculpture, African Sculpture, and especially North West Coast Americam Indian Sculpture

Price Range of Work

David Gross's work has a price range from £417 to £16,667

Mediums utilised

David Gross's work is found in the following materials:

Artwork Categorised

David Gross's work is found in the following categories on site:
Carved Wood Sculptures (20)
Garden Or Yard / Outside and Outdoor Sculptures (9)
Outsize, Very Big, Extra Large and Massive Sculptures (8)
Beautifully Useful Functional Sculpture (4)
Male Men Youths Masculine Statues Sculptures statuettes figurines (4)
Wall Mounted or Wall Hanging sculpture (3)
Figurative Abstract Modern or Contemporary Sculptures Statues statuary statuettes figurines (3)
Celtic Knot Work and Traditional Sculptures (3)
Green Man (and Green Woman)Faces, Busts, Heads, Torsos (3)
Anatomy, Hands and Feet and other human parts of the body Sculptures (3)
Objects of desire Sculptures (2)
Varietal cross section of Floral, Fruit and Plantlife Sculpture (2)
Human Figurative Sculptures (2)
Public Art Sculpture (2)
Shells Sculptures including Land and Sea and Freshwater Shells Fossil Shells (2)
Stylised Heads / Busts Sculptures (2)
Bas Reliefs or Low Reliefs (2)
Figurative Public Art Sculptures (2)
Birds of Prey / Raptors Sculptures (2)
Aquatic Sculptures Fish / Shells / Sharks / Seals / Corals / Seaweed
BUTTERFLIES and Moths and Dragonflies Sculptures Statues Carvings
Recycled Materials / Objets trouvees or Upcycle sculpture Statues statuettes
Wild Animals and Wild Life Sculptures
Monumental Sculptures
Insect Sculptures, to include Bees, Ants, Moths, Butterflies etc
Humorous Witty Amusing Lighthearted Fun Jolly Whimsical Sculptures Statues statuettes figurines
Carved and Engraved Lettering Writing Inscriptions Poems Quotations Carving Panels Sculptures
Stylized People Sculptures
Variety of Emotional feelings depicted in Sculptures
Fantasy sculpture or Statue
Busts and Heads Sculptures Statues statuettes Commissions Bespoke Custom Portrait Memorial Commemorative sculpture or statue
Portrait Sculptures / Commission or Bespoke or Customised Sculptures
Conservatory Sculptures
Commission and Custom and Bespoke sculpture Statues
Interior, Indoors, Inside Sculpture
Dragons sculpture
Endangered Animal Species Sculptures
Every day Objects ( Sculptures of inorganic things)
Abstract Contemporary or Modern Large Public Art sculpture Statues statuary
Indoor Inside Interior Abstract Contemporary Modern Sculpture / statue / statuette / figurine
Fruit Sculpture
Garden Bird and Animal Sculptures
Wild Bird Sculptures
Conceptual Art Sculptures Statues often Large or Monumental Abstract Art
Extinct Animals Sculptures
Round Disk, Dish, Flat Circular Ring Shaped Sculptures / Statues statuette statuary
High Relief or Haute Relief Carving Sculpture Wall Panel casting in Bronze / Copper
Mermaid Water Babies Water and Sea Nymphs sculpture statue statuary for Outdoors in the Garden
Mask, Wall Hung Faces and Part Heads
Site Specific Sculptures or Statues
Gods or Goddess, or Deity Sculptures
Octopus, Cuttle Fish, Squid, Pearly Nautilus Amonite
Animals in General Sculptures Statues
Love / Affection Sculpture
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