Harold David

Adult Contemporary

1 – 30 July 2022

Opening | Saturday 2 July 3 – 5 pm

Contemporary art is the unfaltering hot expression, Fox Galleries presents Harold David’s celebration of this never ending cycle of the rhythms of what is deemed contemporary art. After adding the word adult to the existing state of contemporary art, Harold David’s upcoming exhibition titled ‘Adult Contemporary’ is a humorous realignment of art adulting and begging the question of how we might evolve.

Ardently gaining momentum as a salient multimedia artist, Harold David is best known for his large-scale gestural abstract expressionist paintings. Hailing as a late siren of painting within the public eye, Harold David has moved from behind the camera after a career of critical acclaim within fashion photography in America to relocating to Australia and delving deep into the profound emotions of unbridled beauty in our contemporaneous, hyper-celebrity driven culture. Hinging from this combined oeuvre, the inquisitive and sensitive eye incorporates David’s techniques of photography; light, composition and harmonious colour balance that surge into arresting spaces of emotive dramas.

This new suite of Adult Contemporary mingles sources from his love of old and modern masters, music and contemporary cultural conversation. A body of work with gesticulating paint surfaces that are popping with the critical questions of visceral desire, sexuality, the future of beauty and the very role that contemporary art plays in this all too adult, too filtered world. The uncanny Valley of unsettling feelings, spontaneous mark-making, action painting and energised surfaces all interrogate human agency within contemporary painting to hold an amplified urgency; this is a safe space of ‘Adult Contemporary’.

S E L E C T E D  E X H I B I T I O N S

1998 Surface, Sydney Fringe Festival, Sydney
1999 Texas Trailer Park, RubyAyre Gallery, Sydney
2000 Rapture, RubyAyre Gallery, Sydney
2001 Runway, ACP, Sydney
2002 Others, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
2003 David vs. Megahy, RubyAyre Gallery, Sydney
2007 Tracksuits of St Mary’s, Penrith Regional Gallery, Emu Plains
2008 Tracksuits of St Mary’s, Hakusan City Museum Japan
2008 Tracksuits of St Mary’s, Fujieda Municipal Museum Japan
2009 Uniform, Penrith Regional Gallery, Emu Plains
2010 Uniform, Fujieda Municipal Museum Japan
2011 Uniform, Hakusan City Museum Japan
2012 Tracksuits of St Mary’s, Carriageworks, Sydney
2013 This Time Its Personal, Sun Studios, Sydney
2015 Survey, Day Gallery, Blackheath
2016 This Time Its Personal, Sun Studios, Sydney
2017 National Portrait Prize, Winner Peoples Choice National
Portrait Gallery, Canberra
2017 This Time Its Personal, Sun Studios, Sydney
2017 Garage Barbershop, Blacktown Art Centre, Blacktown
2019 Beauty and the Apocalypse, Day Gallery, Blackheath
2020 No Boundaries, Gang Gang Gallery, Lithgow
2020 Twenty/20 in One Eye, Day Gallery, Blackheath
2021 This and the Edge of the World, Fox Galleries, Melbourne
2021 Fisher’s Ghost Art Award, Finalist, Campbelltown Art Centre
2021 SubTerrane, Mr Mintys, Sydney

A W A R D S  &  C O L L E C T I O N S

2017 National Portrait Prize, Winner Peoples Choice National Portrait Gallery, Canberra
2021 Fisher’s Ghost Art Award, Finalist, Campbelltown Art Centre

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