David Aston

David Aston

London, London, United Kingdom

About David Aston

David Aston is a British artist (b.1975, Edinburgh) based in London. David secured his BA from Bath Spa University and interned with Bonhams as a fine art auctioneer.

David's work is in UK and American collections and has been exhibited at national exhibitions including the Royal Academy of Arts London, The London Group, and The Other Art Fair London & New York.

In 2019/20 David was long listed for the The Aesthetica Art Prize, The John Ruskin Prize and A-N Mentoring Award.

David's art practice is inspired by the concept of diachronic and the way that language and culture has evolved through time. From dia- ‘through’ + Greek khronos ‘time’ + -ic.

David's recent works act as markers for our transition from material past to technology and data fuelled future. They highlight the profound and sometimes humorous duality of our past, present and future and question our humanity and culture at a time of unprecedented change. 

These multimedia works observe our transition to an age where we need to attest our humanity to machines, proclaim our rights to data, virtual assets and memory, question our collective cultural legacy through acts of digital archeology, and explore digital possibilities through hashtag muses.

David's earlier sculptural photographic works explore themes of anonymity, commoditisation and copyright through the curation of anonymous 19th century social histories (ULOs, Unidentified Living Objects). Collected photographs are represented as postage stamps, re-packaged as modern point of sale consumables, t-shirts and made into playthings in antique slot machines. These early works also explore the potential for both copyright and copywrong in the reevaluation of historical and personal objects. 

In the Muses series David draws upon his knowledge of early photographies to create timeless highly-choreographed photographic paintings which play with identity, place and time.

Education

BA (Hons) Three Dimensional Design | Bath Spa University, Bath, England

Events

2020 | The Aesthetica Art Prize
2019 | The London Group Open | London
2019 | The John Ruskin Prize (long list)
2019 | The Scottish Society of Artists Open (small works) | Royal Scottish Academy | Ediburgh
2019 | Royal Academy Collection | Saatchi Art
2018 | The Other Art Fair | Brooklyn | New York
2018 | The Royal Academy Summer Exhibition | London
2018 | The Other Art Fair | London
2017 | Photography on a Postcard
2017 | The Other Art Fair | London
2017 | The Contemporary Nude | Saatchi Art
2016 | Shortlisted for National Open Art Prize
2015 | The Royal Academy Summer Exhibition | London
2015 | Artist of the day | Saatchi Art
2015 | Surreal Photography | Saatchi Art

Exhibitions

2020 | The Scottish Royal Academy Annual Exhibition | Edinburgh
2020 | The Aesthetica Art Prize | York Art Gallery
2019 | The London Group Open | Cello Factory | London
2018 | The Royal Academy Summer Exhibition | London
2018 | The Other Art Fair | London
2017 | The Other Art Fair | London | Top 5: http://fadmagazine.com/2017/03/31/top-5/
2015 | The Royal Academy Summer Exhibition | London
2015 | Dulwich Artist Open House | London
2012 | The Rooftop Collective, East London International Photography Festival | The Print Space | London

2012 | St Davids Coffee Shop | London

2011 | The Rooftop Collective | London
2011 | East London International Photography Festival | London