David Begbie


David Begbie was born at Edinburgh, Scotland in 1995. In 1975 he studied at the Winchester School of Art, England when in 1980 he graduated from the Gloucestershire College of Art and Design (BA Hons) in Cheltenham, England and at 1982 he graduated from The Slade School of Sculpture. Post Graduate (H.D.F.A.), University College London. Since his graduation he has worked almost exclusively with the human form, primarily sculpting in steel mesh and his world-renowned figurative bodies are powerful, erotic, tactile and intimate. Now David Begbie in an Internationally renowned sculptor who has worked almost exclusively with the human form throughout his career. Since his first pioneering solo show in London 1984 a whole new genre of steel mesh art has evolved and continues to grow. He is the master of wire mesh art and his work speaks for itself.

David Begbie is an Internationally renowned sculptor that has worked almost exclusively with the human form throughout his career. Since his first pioneering solo show in London 1984 a whole new genre of steelmesh art has evolved and continues to grow. He is the master of wire mesh art and his work speaks for itself.

The mesh is transparent – 90% thin air, yet it has a much greater physical presence than any conventional solid form. Begbie’s skill, perception, understanding and imagination are succinctly and economically contained within the confines of the simple shell that constitutes his sculpture.

Each work is an entity which has a far greater physical presence than any solid object could possibly have because it has the power to suggest that it doesn’t exist.

David Begbie achieves fine sculpting detail of musculature and an aesthetic completness of human form which has even been compared to Michelangelo and in particular Rodin, even though his subject is often that of the partial or truncated figure.

David Begbie‘s latest sculpture is figurative in a completely different sense. His flag sculptures such as ‘MBLEM‘ and ‘UNTIED KINGDOM‘ venture towards abstraction but remain recognisable as a subject. His most recent sculptures however such as ‘CIRRUS‘, ‘CUMULUS‘ and ‘ARIOS DIPTYCH’ have reference to cloud forms and air but appear purely abstract in their rendition. These sculptures focus on the dynamic optical qualities of the material itself and its interaction with specific or ambient light in suspended space. For the viewer the bronzemesh material has intrigue yet is somehow familiar.

On looking further you discover the properties of the medium – the white-painted mesh creates a liveliness and sense of movement that is further enhanced by the use of shadow play created with strategic lighting.

You have to touch a Begbie to make sure what is real and what is a shadow

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