Harold David

Memory of a Marmoset

6 June – 30 June

 

The flowers never given and the finches given their freedom through the lifted cage door. To the ones a little less better off, you’re here. Like a sucker punch to the heart and a much needed release, I’m sorry. May beauty come from the time between and may we never forget our ‘Memory of a Marmoset’.

 

 

Harold David is a multidisciplinary artist who draws his inspiration from life, his personal feelings and the universal field. After establishing himself as one of Australia’s premier portrait photographers, Harold turned his focus to painting.

I have been painting since the age of 12. Growing up in America with a single mother who worked night shift in a factory, I used this time sneaking into her make-up bag and using her nail polishes as paint. Now in my 50s I have mustered up enough courage to share my love of painting with the public. I put paint on the brush and I have faith and do it. As an abstract surrealist I apply pure automatism and invent my own figurative universes. I work in a spontaneous and fluid way and I don’t take into account coherence and sense.

Harold David’s photographic exhibition practice includes solo shows: Uniform World and Tracksuits of St Marys, Penrith Regional Gallery; Fujieda City Museum and Hakusan Citizen’s Arts Centre, Japan; Surface, Sydney Fringe Festival; Texas Trailer Park and Rapture, Rubyayre Gallery; Runway, Australian Centre for Photography, Others, Art Gallery of NSW, Garage Barbershop, Blacktown Arts Centre and Survey, Day Fine Art. His portrait of Bob Hawke drinking a milkshake won the 2018 National Portrait Prize – People’s Choice Award.

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

2023 Summer Exhibition, Wagner Contemporary, NSW
2023 Harold David Open Studio, Fox Galleries, VIC
2023 Morning Bell, Fox Galleries, VIC
2022 Into A Memory, Day Gallery, NSW
2022 Adult Contemporary, Fox Galleries, VIC
2022 Things I Didnt Know, Fox Galleries, VIC
2022 These Days, Fox Galleries, VIC
2021 SubTerrane, Mr Mintys , NSW
2021 Fisher’s Ghost Art Award, Finalist, Campbelltown Art Centre, NSW
2021 This and the Edge of the World, Fox Galleries, VIC
2020 Twenty/20 in One Eye, Day Gallery, NSW
2020 No Boundaries, Gang Gang Gallery, NSW
2019 Beauty and the Apocalypse, Day Gallery, NSW
2017 Garage Barbershop, Blacktown Art Centre, NSW
2017 This Time Its Personal, Sun Studios, NSW
2017 National Portrait Prize, Winner Peoples Choice National
Portrait Gallery, ACT
2016 This Time Its Personal, Sun Studios, NSW

A W A R D S  &  C O L L E C T I O N S

2023 Fisher’s Ghost Art Award, Finalist, Campbelltown Art Centre
2021 Fisher’s Ghost Art Award, Finalist, Campbelltown Art Centre

2017 National Portrait Prize, Winner Peoples Choice National Portrait Gallery, Canberra