I am delighted to announce an upcoming solo exhibition David Lock: In-between Us at Firstsite, Colchester. My first solo public exhibition opens 22nd March, the show then runs until 23rd June, 2024. I will be showing new and existing paintings, watercolours and large scale vinyl collage. More details here
Two of my Misfit portraits have been selected for the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition. The exhibition runs from 13th June – 20th August, 2023. More details here
I’ve donated a painting once again to the upcoming Terrence Higgins Trust – Auction, 2023. It’s for a great cause, to support the charity in its commitment to HIV research and support. It’s a timed auction which is open from now until 3pm on 10th March, with a live online auction at Christie’s, London on 6th March at 8pm. To view or bid you can register here
Edji Gallery, Brussels have made two ‘Misfit’ paintings of mine available to purchase online through the Artsy platform. More details here
I will be showing new paintings in Hometown Session #1 at Edji Gallery, Paris opening 14th September. The exhibition then runs until 25th September, 2022. Details here
I’ve donated my painting Misfit (Bevan) to Hospital Rooms Fundraising Auction. It’s on view now in Like there is hope and I can dream of another world at Hauser & Wirth, Mayfair. The auction will be on 14th September, 2022. Details to register, here
I am showing new work in The Body We Are In at Confer-Karnac Art Space, London opening Friday 1st July. The exhibition then runs until 14th September, 2022. Details here
I have a painting in Stand Close and Breath Me In curated by Enzo Marra, opening at Elysium Gallery, Swansea. The exhibition runs from 4th June – 16th July, 2022. Details here
I am showing a painting in Paper After All at the Royal Cambrian Academy, Conwy. The exhibition runs from 28th May – 9th July, 2022. Travelling to Paper and Saul Hay Galleries, Manchester. Details here
I am delighted to have a painting in the upcoming Terrence Higgins Trust – Auction, 2022. It’s for a great cause, to support the charity in its commitment to HIV research and support. It’s a timed auction which is open from now until 9th March, with a live online auction at Christie’s on 7th March at 8pm. The bid is currently at £900. To view or bid you can register here
Delighted to announce I have been shortlisted for the Dentons Art Prize 10
I have two artworks selected for A Generous Space, the Artist Support Pledge exhibition at Hastings Contemporary. My works were selected by Kate Bryan, head of Soho House collections and Jo Baring, director of the Ingram Trust. From 25th November, 2021 – 17th April, 2022
On 3rd November, I will be the featured artist in Considering Art : Considering Becoming. You can register to participate in the discussion at Considering Art here
My work will be featured in the upcoming exhibition Art and Psychiatric Intensive Care. It’s an opportunity for Hospital Rooms to show the wider public the amazing artworks they commission for psychiatric units in London and beyond. At Cork Street Galleries. 3rd November – 4th December. More details here
I have a painting in the upcoming exhibition Darkness at Noon, curated by Ruth Calland at APT Gallery, Deptford. From 4th – 14th November.
I will be in conversation with cultural historian Diarmuid Hester, art historian Louise Simkiss and artist John Wiltshire discussing Burra and Friends and B is for Burra on Saturday 18th September at Rye Art Gallery.
I am delighted to have a painting in the upcoming Hospital Rooms Fundraising Auction at Hauser and Wirth Wednesday 8th September, 2021. It’s to raise funds to support Hospital Rooms in it’s vision for all people in mental health wards to have the freedom to experience extraordinary works of art. To view the lots and bid, details are here
I will be showing a painting in Your Foot In My Face curated by Dan Howard-Birt at Kingsgate Project Space, London. 14th August – 4th September. There will be a closing event and yard sale on 4th September, 12-6pm.
Delighted to announce Burra & Friends, a collaborative show I’ve been invited to curate at Rye Art Gallery, responding to the work of Edward Burra. The exhibition also features work by Burra’s contemporaries John Banting and Paul Nash. Dates 27th August – 3rd October. Details here
I will be selling new works on paper at the Peckham Queer Art Boot Fair on Bank Holiday Sunday, August 29 from 12 – 3pm. More details here
Delighted to be showing my work on billboards around Liverpool through June/July in a new project with Duovision Arts.
I will be showing a new painting in Stand Close and Breath Me In, curated by Enzo Marra at Oceans Apart, Manchester. Dates 25th June – 25th July. Details here The exhibition will then travel to Pineapple Black, Middlesbrough. Dates. 6th August – 4th September. Details here
I am delighted to have a painting in the upcoming Terrence Higgins Trust Auction, 2021. It’s for a great cause, to support the charity in its commitment to HIV research and support. It’s a timed auction which is open from now until 11th March, with a live online auction on 9th March at 8pm. The current bid for the painting is £2000, with an estimate of £2500 – £3000. To view or bid you can register here
I will be showing several paintings in bare bones, curated by Ian Thomas at AIRspace Projects Inc, Marrickville, Sydney, AUS. Dates 15 – 31st January. More details here
I am delighted to be running a workshop on collage and watercolour painting with Hospital Rooms as part of their Digital Art School. The workshop is free to all and is on 7th January, 2021 at 2pm. For details on how to sign up and participate click here
I will be showing four small Misfit watercolours in the exhibition Miniatures and Masterstrokes at Rye Art Gallery opening on 3rd December, 2020
Delighted to have contributed a new painting Dan Reclining to In Other Words, a publication put together during Covid which reflects on artist’s hopes and fears at a time of global crisis. The project was facilitated by Kate Marsh, in association with Metal, Peterborough. More details here. The painting is of artist Dan Daw. Details of his upcoming shows are here
My painting Misfits (Garden) is in the much delayed, winter edition of the RA Summer Exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts London. The dates are 6th October 2020 – 3rd January, 2021. Details are here
I am showing a painting in a group show John Lennon is Not Dead at the Stash Gallery, Voot-O-Reenee’s Club, London which celebrates Lennon’s 80th anniversary. The dates are 2nd October – 26th October. Details are here
I’ve donated my painting Misfit (Naevus) to Hospital Rooms Fundraising Auction. You can register to bid online, or book a slot to have a tour of the artworks here
I am interviewed as Artist of the Month for Contemporary British Painting. I discuss my current painting and working during lockdown. You can read it here
I have contributed to several pages in the new issue of 10 Men Magazine, Spring/Summer 2020
I’ve written an art story for the John Moores Painting Prize here
I’ve recently joined the painting group Contemporary British Painting. On the website I also talk about my work in the Painter to Painter series, in conversation with artist Susie Hamilton. The discussion and details of CBP are here
I am featured in EXH 02 an online exhibition at FloorrMagazine.com here
I will be showing new paintings in a three person show between parts undone with Gavin Maughfling and J. A Nicholls. The show is at studio1.1, London and runs from 7th February – 1st March. There will be a talk with Sacha Craddock and the artists on Sunday 9th February at 3pm.
Painters Posting Paintings, the collaborative painting project conceived and curated by John Moores prizewinner Joseph O’Rourke is now showing at Brockley Gardens, London 7th – 20th December
I’m pleased to announce that I am donating my painting ‘Smoking (in Briefs)’ for auction to support the Joe Orton statue appeal. This painting was originally part of my ‘Looted’ installation which consisted of three paintings hung on a black and white collage, commissioned for ‘What the Artist Saw: Art Inspired by the Life and Work of Joe Orton’ (2017) at MOCA, London and New Walk Museum, Leicester. The other two paintings have now been sold, and one belongs in the collection of the Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool, following being selected for the John Moores Painting Prize, 2018. For your chance to bid on the painting the auction details are as follows. The auction takes place at 7.00pm on 19th November, 2019 at the Curtain Hotel, Shoreditch. Tickets are available from Eventbrite here and to see the catalogue of available lots please download below. To contribute to the statue appeal itself follow the link here
I have written an article for Artlyst.com on the accessibility of London commercial Galleries. Check it out here
My painting ‘El Muniria’ is currently on display in the John Moores Painting Prize room, alongside paintings by Michael Raedecker and David Hockney at the Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool. Photo by Pete Clarke
I am in a collaborative exhibition Painters Posting Paintings conceived and curated by John Moores prizewinner Joseph O’Rourke. At Edinburgh School of Art 19th – 25th September, then travelling to Cass Art, Manchester 3rd – 17th October, 2019
I have an interview ‘David Lock: A Monstrous But Beautiful Dialogue‘ at SoEdited.com. Check it out here
Delighted to be one of the three Prize winners in the ‘Creekside Open’ 2019, selected by Sacha Craddock. Congratulations too to Lynn Fulton and Duncan McKellar. The exhibition continues at APT Gallery, London until 7th July, 2019
Delighted my painting ‘El Muniria’, which was selected for the ‘John Moores Painting Prize 2018’ has been purchased by the Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool for its permanent collection.
I will be giving readings from my queer influences, alongside a slideshow of my ‘Misfit’ paintings at ‘Strange Perfume’, the Queer culture book fair at the South London Gallery at 1pm, this Saturday 15th June, 2019. For full details, check their website here
Also opening on the 15th, at 3pm, i’m delighted to announce one of my Misfit paintings has been selected by Sacha Craddock for the ‘Creekside Open’ at APT Gallery, London. The show runs from 13th June – 7th July, 2019. Details here
I will be showing a painting in ‘A Little Painting Show’ at OA Studios, Salford from 31st May – 7th June, 2019.
Two of my collages are featured in the new issue of 10 Men Magazine, Spring, Summer 2019. Out now
The exhibition ‘Rules of Freedom‘ has been extended and will now run until 27th March, 2019. The show is curated by Rosalind Davis at Collyer Bristow Gallery, London. I am showing a new vinyl wall collage with several paintings. Details here
Delighted to announce I will be showing new paintings in a group show ‘TELESCOPE‘, curated by Nigel Cooke at the Jerwood Gallery, Hastings. The exhibition will accompany Nigel’s solo show ‘Painters Beach Club‘. 19th January – 24th March, 2019. Details here
Some of my paintings getting ready to be shown this Friday 7th December, at an event in association with the British LGBT Awards. All works for sale with proceeds going to Diversity Role Models, a charity supporting LGBT youth. At the Library, 112 St Martins Lane, WC2N 4BD.
I will be in conversation with artist Sadie Lee at the National Portrait Gallery, on Friday 2nd November, 2018 as part of ‘Queer Perspectives‘. Details here.
I am interviewed in the new issue of Floorrmagazine.com. Check it out here
I will be showing a new vinyl collage and several paintings in Rules of Freedom, curated by Rosalind Davis at Collyer Bristow Gallery, London. 11th October – 13th February, 2019. Details here
I have also been invited by Reza Aramesh to contribute to Centrefold 10, a special 10th anniversary issue of the excellent Scrapbook project. Launching in October. It will feature the ‘Looted’ collage. More details on the Centrefold Project here
My painting ‘El Muniria’ has been selected for the John Moores Painting Prize, at the Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool. 14th July – 18th November, 2018. Details here
I will be giving a talk about my selected painting ‘El Muniria’ in the John Moores Painting Prize on Tuesday 12th June at the Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool.
I am also currently showing several paintings in ‘Creative Rage’ curated by Martin Green and James Lawler of Duovision Arts at Stoke Potteries Museum and Art Gallery, Staffordshire. 27th April-1st September, 2018
I am pleased to announce a solo show ‘Fragmented Eros’ at studio 1.1, 57a Redchurch Street, Shoreditch, London. 5th July – 29th July, 2018. I will be showing recent paintings and a site-specific collage.
Full details on studio1.1’s website here
I will be exhibiting a new collage and several new paintings in a group show ‘The Performativity of Painting’ curated by Alex Roberts at the Stephen Lawrence Gallery, London. 16th January – 16th February, 2018
Please click on the following link for more details.
I will be exhibiting a collage installation and new paintings in the exhibition ‘Crimes of Passion: The Story of Joe Orton’ at the National Justice Museum, Nottingham. 22nd July – 1st October, 2017.
I will also be giving a talk about my art and influences at Tate Britain on 24th June, 2017. Details here at http://www.tate.org.uk/whats-on/tate-britain/talk/joe-orton-legacy-and-influence
The National Justice Museum, Nottingham has launched a crowdfundinding campaign to raise £10,000 towards it’s upcoming ‘Crimes of Passion: The Story of Joe Orton’ exhibition. Check it out at https://www.artfund.org/get-involved/art-happens/joe-orton
Following the success of the MOCA, London run of ‘What the Artist Saw: Art Inspired by the Life and Work of Joe Orton’. The exhibition travels to the New Walk Museum and Art Gallery, Leicester. Dates 24th July – 22nd October, 2017. I am showing new paintings and a collage installation.
This has been an exciting year for me, as it’s the first time I have made work directly responding to my uncle, playwright Joe Orton.
The other artists also showing new work are Louise Plant and Tim Youd.
Candoco Dance Company have restaged ‘Set and Reset/Reset‘. I designed the set for this piece, based on Robert Rauschenberg’s original set for Trisha Brown.
Following the success of its showing in Liverpool, Art of the Lived Experiment is travelling to Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA as part of its DisArt Festival. Showing in several locations. The Grand Rapids Art Museum (GRAM), Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts (UICA), and Kendall College of Art and Design (KCAD). My paintings will be shown at GRAM. Dates 10th April – 31st July 2015.
For more information, select the following links
I will be exhibiting work in DaDaFest: Art of the Lived Experiment. Curated by artist and curator Aaron Williamson. The Bluecoat Gallery, Liverpool. 8th November – 11th January 2015.
The exhibition will then travel to the US in 2015.
More information here http://www.thebluecoat.org.uk/events/view/exhibitions/2277
I will be exhibiting in the curated section of The Threadneedle Prize. Curated by Sacha Craddock. The Mall Galleries, London. The exhibition runs from 25th September to 11th October, 2014
For more information, select this link http://threadneedleprize.com/page/3234/2014+Exhibition