This is the first major publication on the work of artist Enrico David (Turner Prize 2009 nominee), featuring paintings and works on paper from the last five years, as well as his Ultra Paste installation.
David produces sculpture, painting and installation, but drawing is his usual starting point. His body of work to date shows a complex and constantly evolving personal culture of aesthetics.
He mines a number of visual sources aside from ‘fine art’ in order to test art’s visibility in the world as it is ﬁltered through its many associated languages: from folk craft to modernist design to corporate graphic display.
His conﬁgurations of images and objects often invite you into a ﬁctional tableau, dramatising the encounter with the artwork as though it were a piece of theatre.
He is contemporary surrealist who creates rich and profoundly original works which are disconcerting, confrontational and beautiful. ‘He is a brilliant and authentically creative stylist who has digested everything from Venice carnival to Picasso’s 1920s classical period, late Malevich, Joe Orton and Francis Bacon… Here is… the anti-hero of art in our time.’ ( Jonathan Jones, The Guardian)
Published with ICA, London.