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Introduction

David Somerville is a painter, sculptor, filmmaker, composer and photographer living and working in London.

 

His work explores figurative compositions, abstract landscapes and cityscapes, the images emerging from a vast series of sketches and, drawings.

 

He composes music and creates films and photographs that reflect his immediate surroundings.

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STUDIO SHOT
STUDIO SHOT

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DANCING FEMALE no 1
DANCING FEMALE no 1

Ink on paper 38 x 28 cm 2013

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Untitled-17

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SHOREDITCH HOUSE
SHOREDITCH HOUSE

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THE ARRIVAL
THE ARRIVAL

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Somerville’s strength as a colourist is immediately apparent, the stillness of the figures and abstracted landscape compositions establish a clever and unusual rhythm of colour.

 

David treats the urban and rural landscape as an anthology of found images and it becomes possible to regard his work as a sort of “map” of these environments.

The figures are recollections or moments captured on film or in the sketch books. They are elements from real spaces, re- ordered to fashion a hybrid situation observed and translated into paint.

 

He distills a moment in time or a trace of experience for the viewer.