David Stone
Born 11th March 1951 in London
Lives in Colchester, Essex


My work concerns the landscape I know and live in. This is a constructed environment where the natural world is most often seen through a glass screen. The norms of night and day, hot and cold, winter and summer are smoothed out to a median environment in which the commuter and office worker can exist comfortably in an artificially controlled world while rain, snow, cold, heat and night is kept at bay by as little as a pane of glass.

In a new housing development cars and buildings prove contemporary subjects for urban landscape even when fields are a few hundred metres away. The occupants of the development move from train to car to home, from machine to machine to machine and back again the next day.

But the cycle of life carries on and is mirrored by the weekly ritual of putting out the rubbish. People emerge at night and cross the threshold from light to dark to dispose of their rubbish in black bin bags. These stack up alongside the new cars and new houses as evidence of success, but they foretell the eventual demise of the occupant. And the buildings themselves decay or become waste and are demolished to make way for new houses and offices.

This is my subject.


Education:
1962 to 1968 – Strand Grammar, London
1968 to 1969 – Brighton College of Art, Foundation Art
1969 to 1973 – Brighton College of Art, Fine Art, Painting with Printing


Solo Shows:
2006 – Colchester Les Livre Gallery
2015 – Halesworth Gallery, Halesworth, Suffolk


Group Shows:
2007 – ‘The Essex Open Exhibition’ @ the Beecroft Gallery, Essex
2008 – ‘The Essex Open Exhibition’ @ the Beecroft Gallery, Essex
2008 – ‘The Discerning Eye’ @ the Mall Galleries, London
2009 – Stephen Taylor Group showcase exhibition @ Dedham, Essex
2010 – Stephen Taylor Group showcase exhibition @ Dedham, Essex
2011 – Stephen Taylor Group showcase exhibition @ Dedham, Essex
2012 – Stephen Taylor Group showcase exhibition @ Dedham, Essex
2013 – ‘Eight Walks’ @ Dedham, Essex
2013 – Cuckoo Farm Print Workshop @ the Benham Gallery, Essex
2013 – Print Workshop Annual Show @ Colchester Les Livres Gallery, Essex
2014 – Mini Print International @ Seacourt Print Workshop, Bangor, NI
2014 – ‘Earth, Air, Fire and Water’ @ the Edmund Gallery, Bury St Edmunds
2014 – ‘Eastern Open’ @ Kings Lynn, Norfolk
2015 – Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize show @ the Mall Galleries, London
2015 – ‘After Dark’ @ Cuckoo Farm Studios, Colchester, Essex
2015 – ‘12 Print Makers’, @ Swan House Gallery, Harwich, Essex
2016 – ‘Out of the Nest’ @ Quay Gallery, Snape, Suffolk
2016 – ‘Sentinel Select’, @ Sentinel Gallery, Wivenhoe, Essex
2016 – ‘12 Print Makers’, @ Digby Gallery, Colchester, Essex
2016 – ‘12 Print Makers @ Edmund Gallery, Bury St Edmunds
2016 – ‘In a natural place@ Edmund Gallery, Bury St Edmunds
2016 – ‘Landscape Impressed’ - 12 Print Makers@ Flatford NT, Suffolk
2016 – ‘Conversations’ @ the Minories, Colchester


Group Memberships:
2014 – 12 PM (Twelve Print Makers)