Touchdown (Full Metal Jacket), Jan–14
Acrylic on Aluminium
Original size: 380 x 436 mm
Photographer: David Manley
David Manley has created an extraordinarily varied body of work over the past thirty-five years that eludes stylistic and historical categories. His practice encompasses painting, drawing, photography, digital manipulation, sculpture, assemblage and installation. Language, spatial arrangements and scale in painting are central ongoing concerns. The poetry of materials, both traditional and provisional, is of paramount importance to the artist whose intellectual curiosity and interest in spirituality imbues his work with startlingly original and often non-specific starting points. He was born in the West Country of the UK, and studied at Exeter, Falmouth & Birmingham Schools of Art. Awarded Cheltenham Fellowship and major awards from West Midlands, East Midlands and Yorkshire Arts Councils.
Recent exhibitions include Centro de Arte de Joao da Medeira, Portugal, Ostrale 012, Dresden and Lakeside Arts centre, Nottingham. In 2014 he is participating in Painted Thought, Queens Arcade, Cardiff and About Painting, curated by Lisa Denyer at Castlefield Gallery, Manchester.