David Surman

1981 · United Kingdom

Artist biography

Relying on the language of pictorial motifs, Surman creates a gateway for contemplation through his work. Moving through multiple forms of media - drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture and film - he explores the very notion of human experience in parallel to the ever-changing nature of the natural world. In doing so, Surman conjures cartoonish forms, elements of pathetic fallacy and idiosyncratic conceptualisation bringing his animal bodies to life in a playful and colourful manner. Surman’s works are both humorous and tender in their pensive exploration of human existence and subjective hierarchies of taste.

Although Surman was born in 1981 in Devon and grew up in rural communities, he now lives and works in London. Often referring to animals, landscapes and biomorphic forms in his work whilst simultaneously transferring his vivid imagination onto the canvas, Surman demonstrates an ability to use art as a vehicle for psychological impact. Surman went on to earn his BA in Animation from Newport Film School and two years later he completed his MA in Film Studies at the University of Warwick. Surman has exhibited his work on a global scale since 2009 and has recently participated in group exhibitions at Sim Smith, both in London and New York, and Juan Silió in Spain. In 2018, Surman featured in a group exhibition entitled Paper Cuts at the Saatchi Gallery in London.

A selection of Surman’s works can be found in museum collections across the world, including Colección ALKAR, Colección Espinosa de los Monteros Sáinz de Vicuña, Pamela and David Hornik Collection, McEvoy Foundation for the Arts and Neumann Collections.

David Surman

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