David Buckley Wins Concept to Casting Award 2010

Date posted: 11th March 2013

David Buckley

Born 1980, Dublin, Ireland.


David’s work is concerned with the legacy of modernism, and particularly with the state of absorption or contemplation which characterises a modernist approach to viewing the work of art. In this work, ‘The Dead’, David attempts to heighten that connection between the viewer and object by sentimentally making a commemorative work based on the English modernist painter, Christopher Wood. The pattern which covers the surface of the bronze is taken from a self-portrait painted by Wood just before his death aged just 29. Wood’s paintings embody a disjointed personal narrative, radically different from his contemporaries, and in some ways this work can be thought of as a commemoration not only of an individual, but also of a thread of genius and innovation that was lost with his untimely death.

David Buckley completed his BA in Fine Art at Goldsmiths College in 2005 and in 2010 graduated from the Royal College of Art with an MA in Sculpture. Whilst at the RCA he was awarded the Remet Prize as well as the Cit??© des Arts Studio Award. He has undertaken numerous residencies in the United Kingdom and across Europe and has participated in various group and solo exhibitions. In 2011 he was commissioned to produce a sculpture for a special edition cover of Wallpaper* magazine’s Next Generation edition, and was selected for Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2011, and also for the Royal British Society of Sculptors Bursary award exhibition. He lives and works in Dublin and in London.

‘The Dead’, the sculpture chosen for the Remet Concept to Casting prize was exhibited as part of Bloomberg New Contemporaries at the ICA in 2011. It was produced in an edition of 3 and a single remaining work is available.

Website: www.davidbuckley.info



MA in Fine Art ??? Sculpture, Royal College of Art, London, 2010

BA in Fine Art, Goldsmiths College, University of London, 2005

National Diploma in Art, Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology, Dublin 2002


Group Exhibitions:

James Viscardi/David Buckley, Hobbs McLaughlin, London, October 2012

Transform, curated by Hanna Laura Kaljo, London, July 2012

James Viscardi/David Buckley, Pleasant, Copenhagen, February 2012

*Leap, Contemporary Art Society, London, February 2012

*Bloomberg New Contemporaries, S1 Artspace Sheffield & ICA London, September 2011

*RBS Bursary Award Exhibition, Royal British Society of Sculptors, London, December 2011

Behead, Andipa, London, October 2010

RCA Sculpture, Galleria 27AD, via Brosetta, Bergamo, Italy, October 2010

State of the Newly Incarnate Soul, Hidde van Seggelen, London, July 2010

Spraytan, Tim Pritchard, London, November 2009

*Over and Out, M??¼nster Austellunghalle, M??¼nster, Germany, September 2009

Sculpture Show, Bank of America, Canary Wharf, London 2009

Impromptu, Fred London, Vyner Street, London, February 2009

*Sterling – New London Artists, Factory Gallery, Obershoeneweide, Berlin, September 2006


Solo Exhibitions:

Your Affectionate Friend, LimaZulu, London, January 2011

Voyages, Tou Vindu, Tou Scene, Stavanger, Norway, September 2006


*Catalogue published


Exhibitions Curated/Writings: VOX POP, (Screening), Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, 14th January 2012

Commitment, 50 Redchurch St, London, February 2007

I’d Rather Starve, Broadstone Studios, Dublin, June 2006

Peintures Noires, essay for exhibition catalogue McDermott and McGough, Galerie Jerome de Noirmont, 2006



Northlands Glass/Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop, September-November 2012

Cite des Arts, Rue de l’Hotel de Ville, Paris, July – September 2009

Scottish Sculpture Workshop, Lumsden, Aberdeen, Scotland, July 2007

SIM (Association of Icelandic Artists) Reykjavik, Iceland, September 2007



Royal British Society of Sculptors, Bursary Award 2011

REMET UK Concept to Casting Award for Sculpture 2010

Travel and Training Award, Arts Council, 2007



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