David Cass creates three-dimensional wall-based artworks depicting real and imagined sea, land and city-scenes using exclusively antique materials. Parisian author and historian Roger Rotmann comments “in order to comprehend the true core of Cass’ work – the tension, the voltage that runs through it – one must observe it in the flesh.” Cass’ intention is to push the boundaries of watercolour painting, by making use of alternative canvases – from wooden tabletops to centuries-old letters – sourced and gathered at flea markets & antique fairs around Europe.
Goauche and Watercolour on Found Objects, gathered at Flea Markets
Born in Edinburgh in 1988 and raised in the nearby Borders countryside, David Cass has worked hard to build a multidisciplinary career focussed not only on the promotion of his own studio practice, but also on accessible projects frequently produced in collaboration with other creatives – often with a focus on the environment and sustainability. He is currently based in Glasgow, and was recently elected an associate member of the Royal Watercolour Society.
From the Museum of Modern Art in Istanbul & MAXXI Museum in Rome, to Mansion House and the Royal Academy in London, David Cass has exhibited in a range of venues around the world. He recently received Winsor & Newton’s top award at the RWS (2016) for an artwork describing the catastrophic Florence flood of 1966. Cass is represented chiefly by The Scottish Gallery in his native Edinburgh, where he has held three solo exhibitions since graduating in 2010 from Edinburgh College of Art.
Upon graduation Cass received a Royal Scottish Academy scholarship to Tuscany. This event had great influence on his practice – his current projects still feature images of Florence and Lucca. Furthermore, since those first weeks spent working abroad as a newly graduated artist, Cass has made travel a key component of his practice, as well as his exhibition activities. He has participated in multidisciplinary projects worldwide yet remains principally a watercolour painter. He has artworks in many important public & private collections. He also gives lectures, studio visits and workshops.
Royal Watercolour Society (Associate Member)
Awarded the Winsor & Newton First Prize at the Royal Watercolour Society, London — 2016
Selected to be part of The Royal Watercolour Society's Contemporary Competition — 2016
Selected to be part of Till it's Gone: Istanbul Museum of Modern Art — 2015 / 2016
Selected to be part of Art Speaks Out (part of ArtCop21, Paris) organised by IkonoTV — 2015
Mini Documentary by ITV — 2015
Selected to participate in the Hafnarborg residency program (Iceland) — Date TBC
Paintings acquired by Collection Simon Paul — 2015
Selected: Royal Academy Summer Show — 2014
Awarded Arts Trust Funding — 2014
Exhibition: National Open Art Competition — 2013
Pre-selected for The Threadneedle Prize — 2013
Shortlisted & selected for tour: The Sunday Times Watercolour Competition — 2012
The Telfer Gallery (Exhibition) Award — 2012
South of Scotland Visual Artist Award — 2012
The Royal Watercolour Society Award (First Place) — 2012
The RSMA Young Artist Award (First Place) — 2011
Royal Scottish Academy Exhibition Funding — 2011
Arts Trust Funding — 2011
Finalist in the Jolomo Bank of Scotland Awards — 2011
The ArtSpace2Let Artist of the Year Award — 2010
The Royal Scottish Academy John Kinross Scholarship to Florence — 2010
The Alexander Flynn Bequest — 2009