BIOGRAPHY

David Kemp was born in London in 1945. On leaving school he went to sea as a midshipman in the Merchant Navy for four years.

He attended Farnham Art School and Wimbledon School of Art from 1968 to 1972, and moved to West Cornwall in 1975 where he still lives.


SCULPTURE

He works in a variety of materials including timber, steel and bronze, but is best known for his assemblage sculpture. He lives and works amongst the ruins of the ancient tin mines on the Tinners Coast near St Just in West Cornwall. His collections of 'Relics and Reconstructions from the Late Iron Age' have often been exhibited as spurious museum pieces. His assemblage work has been compared to the work of archaeologists and ethnologists, is often humorous and makes interesting comparisons between mythology and technology, past and future.


PUBLIC SCULPTURE

David Kemp's involvement in Public Art begun when he was artist in residence in Grizedale Forest in Cumbria in 1981. Here he learned the important links between site and content, which he has applied to the many large scale, site-specific sculptures he has built around Britain in the last twenty five years. In the eighties he built a series of large 'post-industrial' sculptures in the North East, such as 'King Coal' on the Durham moors. In 1987 he built the 'Navigators', a very large bronze and steel kinetic sculpture on the Thames near London Bridge. He has built site-specific sculptures for rural and urban spaces; outdoors and interior; pedestrian areas, parks and cityscapes. More recently he has undertaken a series of large sculptures for the Eden Project in Cornwall.

Over the last two years he has been involved in the Redruth Town Regeneration Programme and has installed several bronze and mosaic sculptures in the town.


SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2013
The Tribe that Held the Sky Up, Millennium

2010
Botallack Hoard, Royal Cornwall Museum, Truro

2008
Watching Paint Dry (Paintings) Rainyday Gallery, Penzance

2006
The Land Around Us(Paintings) Yew Tree Gallery -Morvah, Penwith - Cornwall

2003
Uncertain Instruments Jersey Sculpture Trust
Uncertain Instruments The Lowry Centre Salford

2002
Uncertain Instruments Newlyn Art Gallery Newlyn

1999
Hounds of Geevor Royal Cornwall Museum - Truro

1998
Weather or Not Great Atlantic Mapworks - St Just

1997
Art of Darkness St Ives International, Quality of Light

1995/6
Serious Hot Water Tate Gallery, St Ives

1995
Highway Plants Mead Gallery, Warwick University
Things That Fell Apart Ramsgate Library Gallery

1992
Slaves to the Iron Horse Rufford Country Park, Nottingham

1990
The Tribe That Held the Sky Up McClellan Galleries, Glasgow 1987
Lost Leaders The Metropole, Folkestone

1985
The Taillight Society Manchester Museum of Modern Art
Immaculate Contraptions Glynvivian Art Gallery, Swansea
Heavy Stuff Plymouth Arts Centre
The Refuse Collection Royal Albert Museum, Exeter

1984
White Man's Magic Graves Art Gallery, Sheffield
White Man's Magic Drumcroom Gallery, Wigan


COLLECTIONS

Arts Council of Great Britain
Northern Arts
Sheffield City Art Gallery and Museum
Wolverhampton City Art Gallery and Museum
Manchester City Art Gallery and Museum
Manchester City Council
Carlisle City Art Gallery and Museum
Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester
Glynvivian Art Gallery, Swansea
Exeter City Museum and Art Gallery
Glasgow City Art Gallery and Museum. Kelvingrove
Hampshire County Council
Sheffield Development Corporation
Nottingham County Council
Liverpool Development Corporation
Yorkshire Sculpture Park
Welsh Sculpture Trust
Sustrans Railway Path Construction Co
The Forestry Commission
Art Park, Lewiston, N.Y, U.S.A
Tyne and Wear Passenger Transport Authority
Lord Gowrie
Barbara Rockefeller
Pete Townsend
St. Martin's (London Bridge) Development Corporation
Glasgow Transport Museum
M.E.C.P
Price Waterhouse
Glasgow Museum of Modern Art
National Trust - Devon and Cornwall
The Eden Project - Cornwall
Redcar Borough Council
Redruth Town Council
DAISI Devon County Council
Cardiff Bay Development Corporation
Jersey Sculpture Trust
The Royal Cornwall Museum Truro
Cornwall County Council
Geevor Tin Mines Cornwall
Kerrier District Council
Gorey Castle Jersey
Newlyn Art Gallery, Cornwall
Falmouth Museum and Art Gallery


AWARDS

1996
Gulbaken Rural Community Art Project. Nancledra, Cornwall

1995
Tate Gallery, St Ives. "Wild Works" project with Kneehigh Theatre

1994
Royal Society of Arts Award. Morecambe Public Art Project

1992
S.W.A. award for "Wild Walks" project with Kneehigh Theatre

1989
S.W.A. award for video project

1984
Mendelson Foundation "Outsiders" Award

1981
Nuffield Trust


GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2012
Mixed Winter, Millennium
British Surrealists, Falmouth Art Gallery

2011
Mixed Winter, Millennium

2010
Mixed Winter, Millennium
House of Fairytales, Millennium

2008
Mixed / No Theme, Goldfish, Penzance
Africa Calling, Falmouth Art Gallery

2007
Move, Goldfish at Vyner Street, London
Art Now Cornwall?, Goldfish, Penzance
Scrap Art, Falmouth Art Gallery

2006
Visiting Picasso, Falmouth Art Gallery

1998/99
Animal Magic, Edinburgh City Art Centre
National Museum of Wales


TOURING

1996
Wheels of Fire, Wolverhampton City Art Gallery

1996
Bolton City Art Gallery

1995
Centenary Exhibition, Newlyn Art Gallery

1994
In a Different Light, Truro City Museum
Second Sight N.C.C.A. Durham Touring Exhibition (including Newlyn Art Gallery)

1986
Glasgow Garden Festival, Glasgow

1984
A Sense of Place, Grizedale Forest Sculpture
International Sculpture, Symposium Yorkshire Sculpture Park
Sculpture Zoo, Liverpool Garden Festival
Three Exhibitions about Sculpture, Arts Council
Headhunters, Arts Council Touring Exhibition

1983
Sculpture in a Country, Welsh Sculpture Trust, MargamPark, Port Talbot

1982
Presences of Nature, Carlisle Museum

1981
Fragments Against Ruin, Arts Council

1980
Public Hanging, Penwith Gallery, St Ives


RESIDENCIES

2003
Theatrical Device for Simulating Invading Armies Jersey Heritage Trust - Samares Manor - Jersey

2001
Island of Dreams Citta Vittoriosa Malta - with Kneehigh Theatre - British Council

1999
Ghost Nets with Kneehigh Theatre

1997
The Women who Threw the Day Away - Theatre and Sculpture project with Kneehigh Theatre. Botallack Cliffs. Tate Gallery and . St Ives International

1996
Ghost Nets - Theatre and Sculpture Project with Kneehigh Theatre Red River, Gwithian. Tate Gallery and B.T.C.V

1995
Mead Art Gallery, Warwick University

1992
Sustrans Railway Paths, Durham and Glasgow

1991
Bournemouth International Festival

1988
Science Park, Sheffield

1987
Grizedale Forest Sculptor, Grizedale, Cumbria

1985
Art Park, Lewiston, New York, U.S.A

1983
Yorkshire Sculpture Park International Sculpture Symposium

1983
Welsh Sculpture Trust, Margam Country Park, Port Talbot, Wales

1983
Grizedale Forest Sculptor, Grizedale, Cumbria

1982
Metro Sculptor, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, (Tyne and Wear)

1981
Grizedale Forest Sculptor, Grizedale, Cumbria


PUBLIC SCULPTURES

2008
Murdoch Mosaics, A set of five mosaic panels, Redruth

2007
Tinners Hounds, Eight bronze sculptures, Fore Street, Redruth
Jet Setters, Yeovil District Hospital
Engine of Small Change, Newlyn Art Gallery
Sparkling Water Plants, Broomhill Sculpture Gardens, Devon (projected)

2005
School of Palettes, St Ives Railway Station

2004
A Theatrical Device for Simulating Invading Armies, Jersey

2003
Penzance Passenger Interchange (Penzance Railway Station)
Delabole Giant, Delabole C.P. School, Cornwall
Flexiplants 3, Eden Project, Cornwall

2002
Seven Red Plaice, Regent's Walk, Redcar, Cleveland
Flexiplants 2, The Eden Project, St Austell, Cornwall

2000
Greenhouse of other worlds, The Eden Project, St Austell, Cornwall
Industrial Flame Plants, The Eden Project, St Austell, Cornwall
Looking Both Ways, Lloyd George Avenue, Cardiff Bay
Brian's Brain, The Lowry Arts Centre, Manchester
Tib Street Horn, Large urban landmark sculpture in central Manchester's Northern Quarter
Flexiplants, The Eden Project, St Austell, Cornwall

1999
Naval Nurses Stonehouse, Plymouth
Tropics Trader, The Eden Project, St Austell, Cornwall

1995
Waterwheel, Burrs Country Park - Bury

1994
The Tern Project, Public Art Regeneration Project. Morecambe Promenade, Cast iron bird bollards and a 200 metre long "Flying Fence"
The Ancient Forester, A 20 ft timber and steel figure at Grizedale Forest Park, Cumbria.
Chough Bowl, A bronze sculpture commissioned to commemorate David Penhaligon, MP for Truro

1993
Chichester Road Gang, Sustrans railway path, Levant, Chichester

1992
King Coal, A 30 ft high head in masonry and steel at Pelton Fell, County Durham
The Vox populaire, A mahogany, brass and steel, ten function kinetic sculpture at Ogilvy & Mathers European Headquarters at Canary Wharf

1990
The Old Transformers, Two giant 20 ft high steel heads, one of an iron master, one of a miner, at Consett, County Durham
The Lost XVII, An army made from steel, unearthed at the Sustrans railway path at Kilmacolm, Glasgow
Headquarters, Four large bronze heads for the atrium of Price Waterhouse new headquarters in Birmingham
The Hampshire Hog, A life-sized bronze boar commissioned by Hampshire County Council to celebrate their centenary. It is sited outside County Hall at the Castle, Winchester

1988
Heavy Plant, A large steel and masonry plant form at Sheffield Science Park

1986
The Navigators, A 60 ft high steel and bronze kinetic fountain at Hays Galleria, London Bridge City

1982
The Iron Horse, Newcastle-upon-Tyne Metro Station, Four Lane Ends


CLIENTS INCLUDE

M.E.P.C., St James Square, London
St. Martin's Development Corporation, London Bridge, London
Ogilvy & Mather, Canary Wharf, London
Price Waterhouse, Cornwall Court, Birmingham
Sheffield Development Corporation
Liverpool Development Corporation
The Forestry Commission
Glasgow City Art Galleries
Sustrans N.E., County Durham
Sustrans Scotland
Sustrans S., Chichester
Hampshire County Council
Teignmouth District Council
Lancaster City Council
Chester City Council
Bury Metropolitan District Council
Tyne and Wear Passenger Transport Executive
Lord Gowrie
Barbara Rockefeller
Tate Gallery, St Ives
Kneehigh Theatre, Cornwall
Eden Project, St Austell, Cornwall
Cornwall County Council
Plymouth City Council
Cardiff Bay Arts Trust
The Lowry Arts Centre, Machester
Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council
Penwith District Council, Cornwall
Jersey Sculpture Trust
Creative Partnerships, Cornwall
Wessex Trains
Gorey Castle Jersey
Kerrier District Council Cornwall
Broomhill Sculpture Park Devon
Sarah Walker, Mezzo Soprano
The National Trust, Devon and Cornwall
899 Squadron, Fleet Air Arm >