delighted to announce the latest solo
exhibition by David Mach, who has been showing at the Gallery since
exhibition will present a selection of new collage works.
The works Mach will be showing are large-scale
reworkings of well known portrait icons. Intricate and dazzling, they
created using hundreds of – usually - postcards, setting up a dramatic
between the image on each card and the completed work, or ‘the icon
icon’. Recent examples of these striking works have been exhibited at
the RoyalAcademy and include the Mona Lisa, constructed from
postcards of the Queen, and a Vincent van Gogh self-portrait, as well
Vladimir Tretchikov’s Green Woman,
both made from multiple postcard portraits of Prince William.
For this exhibition, Mach has produced a
spectacular new series of familiar portraits and images. Postcards of
Marilyn Monroe and Mao Tse Tung will be used to construct each other’s
with a beautiful Marilyn emerging from hundreds of Mao postcards, and
Chinese premier morphing from a sea of Monroes.
Likewise, the iconic children’s doll,
Barbie, will be formed from sentimentally ‘cute’ images of pussycats,
huge putti will be generated from multiple Dianas. Using other source
Michelangelo’s David has been made
from playing cards, an image of the Buddha from tarot cards, and a
Queen Elizabeth II is fashioned from I-Ching cards.
David Mach became known for creating some of the most
elaborate sculptural installations displayed in galleries and museums
throughout the world, and possibly the most striking public sculptures
anywhere. Recycled newspapers and magazines have swept through
colourful tsunamis, incorporating furniture, cars and even small
whilst his spectacular public sculptures have become striking and
Although primarily associated with his remarkable sculpture,
exploration of collage and drawing has led to increasing
acknowledgement of his
work in these media. In 1999 he completed Self-
Portrait of Britain, a 75 metre-long collage made from thousands of
photographs collected from people all over the country and installed in
Millennium Dome. This work toured the country in 2001.
Mach’s new work for this exhibition promises
to be as surprising and ambitious as ever.
Born in Methil, Fife,
in 1956, David Mach studied at the Duncan Jordanstone College of Art, Dundee
and at the Royal College of Art.His ‘Train’
(1995/1997), funded by the National Lottery, was the largest piece of
contemporary public sculpture when it was commissioned, and he was
nominated for the Turner Prize in 1988.Elected
a Royal Academician in 1998, and in 1999 was appointed the Royal
Academy of Art’s Professor of Sculpture. In 2002 he was awarded an
Honorary Doctorate from DundeeUniversity.
work has been exhibited in solo exhibitions over the last 25 years
throughout the UK, Europe, USA, Canada, Latin America, Japan and Australia.
Mach’s work can be found in many public collections in the UK, including Tate Britain, Tate Liverpool, National Portrait Gallery,
Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Scottish National Portrait
Gallery, Glasgow Gallery of Modern Art, AberdeenArtGallery, DundeeArtGallery, HullFerensArtGallery, ManchesterCityArtGallery and WolverhamptonArtGallery.
work can also be found in many international collections, including San
Diego Museum of Contemporary Art, Auckland Museum of Art, University of Seattle,Microsoft
Corporation Seattle, TokyoKawasakiCityMuseum and Musee d’art contemporain, Dole, France.
JillGeorgeGallery began by exhibiting the work of recent
graduates and new artists and now shows selected painting and sculpture
from a roster of international artists.