David Cass was born in Edinburgh. He graduated with First Class Honours from Edinburgh College of Art in 2010, receiving the Royal Scottish Academy’s John Kinross Scholarship to Florence. In 2018, The RSA’s Benno Schotz Prize named Cass as the most promising Scottish artist under 35. The RSA now holds six of his artworks in their permanent collection.
He is a multi-disciplinary artist working with sustainable recycled objects gathered from private homes and flea-markets across the world. Cass selects objects often dating from the 19th century, creating a tension between old and new, a dialogue between his preoccupation with climate change and the objects that contributed to such change. His recent exhibition at the Scottish Gallery Rising Horizon in February 2019 made reference to sea rise. This evolved from Pelàda, the year before which was a close examination of Venice and its rising lagoon.
This abstract notion of a rising horizon, is expressed using exquisitely painted seascapes which explore themes of global warming and sea rise. He paints on diverse surfaces such as wood, metal signs, antique tins, a copper boiler and even humble match boxes. The uniqueness of his art lies as much in the support as the delicately painted web of lines referring to flowing waves which distil light into line creating a harmonious balance of sky and sea. Using a palette of blues, whites and greens, often with the ground showing through. The uniqueness of his work lies as much in the support and the relationship between object and painted surface as the paint itself.
Cass has exhibited internationally including the Istanbul Museum of Modern Art, MAXXI Museum in Rome, The Royal Academy (London), The Scottish Gallery and Royal Scottish Academy (Edinburgh). He has held eight solo exhibitions since 2010, and his work can be found in collections worldwide. He is currently dividing his time between the UK and Greece.