David Begbie United Kingdom, b. 1955
David BegbieMoon, 2020Semi-transparent steel panel, black colour finish57 x 57 cm
22.44 x 22.44 in
David BegbieISIUU, 2019Steelmesh, rose-gold colour finish54 x 42 x 12.7 cm
21.26 x 16.54 x 5 in
David BegbieNUWD Male Back Torso, 2017Suspended steel panel72.5 x 51.5 cm
28.5 x 20.3 inAP 1 on ed. of 9
David BegbieSkinwash III, 2017Acrylic on paper76 x 56 cm
29.9 x 22.0 in unframed
86.7 x 66.7 cm
34.1 x 26.2 in framed
David BegbieITALIA, 2015Italian flag sculpture, bronzemesh, suspended94 x 64 x 20 cm
37.01 x 25.2 x 7.87 in
David BegbieENGLAND, 2014England flag sculpture, steelmesh, suspended100 x 50 x 10 cm
39.37 x 19.69 x 3.94 in
David BegbieBUDDHAHEAD 6, 2013Bronzemesh sculpture, copper colour finish58 x 38 x 20 cm
22.83 x 14.96 x 7.87 in
David Begbie’PALM I’ 2007, 2007Bronzemesh sculpture, copper colour finish122 x 122 x 20 cm
48.03 x 48.03 x 7.87 in
David BegbieNuud VI, 2005Mono print spray paint on watercolour paper76 x 57 cm
69.3 x 22.4 in unframed
86.5 x 65 cm
34.1 x 25.6 in framed with ramin wood with acrylic white colour wash
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"Each work is an entity which has a far greater physical presence than any solid object could possibly have because it has the power to suggest that it doesn't exist."
Born Edinburgh, Scotland, UK in 1955
Internationally renowned sculptor David Begbie began his career as an artist at the age of thirteen. He discovered the properties of his medium as a student in 1977 at the Winchester School of Art and developed the idea as a post-graduate at the Slade School of Sculpture, University College London, emerging with a unique sculptural technique and the beginnings of a new visual language using wire-mesh. In the decades since, he has worked almost exclusively with the human form, primarily sculpting in light-weight steel and bronze wire-mesh but also producing mono-prints, etchings, ink-and-charcoal drawings, mixed-media work, and photographs.
His sculptures are contemporary archetypal images using figurative physical forms made from steel-mesh and stainless steel. Encapsulated within these forms are a series of relationships between male and female, masculinity and femininity, positive and negative, matter and antimatter, light and dark.
Begbie's transparent sculpture is as much about light as it is about substance, the introduction of strategic lighting creates optical compositions of line and form, each transparent sculpture has a greater palpable presence than the space which it occupies. Begbie offers movement whenever there is any shift of light - so much so that these pieces can sometimes have an interactive element as the projected shadow creates an optical fusion of image and object transforming his seemingly inanimate machined industrial material into dynamic three-dimensional figurative and evocative sculptural forms draw into the air.
The majority of Begbie's work is modelled by hand. His sculpture "Palm I" is appropriately a self-portrait, this sculpture is not a truncated form, but rather a delineated palm, existing as a complete form in its own right. The easel in which it is suspended draws reference to the interplay between sculpture and drawing which constitutes his art form and technique.
David Begbie's skill, perception, understanding and imagination are succinctly and economically contained within the confines of the simple shell that constitutes his sculpture.
David Begbie is one of the most influent sculptor in England with solo shows in four continents, works being collected by many museums Galleria Nazionali de Arte Moderna, Roma, Italy; National Gallery Canberra, Australia; Museum Beelden aan Zee, Holland; National Gallery of Canada; National History Museum, London, UK as well as an extensive list of public and private commissions: Natural History Museum, London, UK; the Faith Dome of the Millennium Dome, Greenwich, UK; Buddha Bar, London, UK; Citibank, London, UK; The Hyatt Carlton, London, UK; Connaught Hotel, London UK; The Lowry Hotel, Manchester, UK; Hanover Grange, Montego Bay, Jamaïca.
David Begbie: ArchetypesPorto Montenegro Gallery 28 Jul - 14 Aug 2022Cris Contini Contemporary Gallery brings David Begbie's hand-made wire mesh sculptures to the splendid Boka Bay together with a corpus of new works in a gradient of light matter.
AmourphusDavid Begbie | Il Salotto di Milano 7 - 25 Oct 2021The exhibition AMOURPHUS by David Begbie at Il Salotto di Milano Fromm the 7th to the 25th October 2021 organized by Cris Contini Contemporary shows David Begbie’s mastery of human anatomy. The artist refers to classical sculpture in the canons of beauty, but every anatomical detail - be it a torso, a hand, a foot - has also a powerful communicative force, a reflection of moments of melancholy, pain and sensuality.
La mostra AMOURPHUS di David Begbie al Salotto di Milano dal 7 al 25 ottobre 2021 organizzata da Cris Contini Contemporary mostra la maestria di David Begbie nell'anatomia umana. L'artista si riferisce alla scultura classica nei canoni della bellezza, ma ogni dettaglio anatomico - sia esso un torso, una mano, un piede - ha anche una potente forza comunicativa, un riflesso di momenti di malinconia, dolore e sensualità.
ArtVerona Digital 20204 - 14 Dec 2020This year Art Verona inaugurates its new digital format ART VERONA DIGITAL 2020. Do not miss Cris Contini Contemporary's selection, until 14th December.
BODY & MINDDavid Begbie and Jeff Robb Sculpture and Photography 22 Mar - 3 May 2020We are very pleased to present the impressive exhibition of sculptor David Begbie and artist Jeff Robb. The body for them is the central theme of their research and development. The first contact for every human is being in touch with himself and his own body. This is how our body consciousness develops. The body envelops our self and helps us to get in touch with the outside world. Discover more
ArtVerona Digital 20204 - 14 Dec 2020This year Art Verona inaugurates its new digital format ART VERONA DIGITAL 2020. Since the beginning of Cris Contini Contemporary adventure, the digital aspect has been extremely important, and we are pleased to have taken up this challenge with the Art Verona team. Do not miss Cris Contini Contemporary's selection on Art Verona Digital 2020, until 14th December. Quest'anno Art Verona inaugura il nuovo formato digitale ART VERONA DIGITAL 2020. Fin dall'inizio della nostra avventura con Cris Contini Contemporary, l'aspetto digitale è sempre stato estremamente importante e siamo lieti di...
Welcome to the Studio | David BegbieMay 31, 2020
David Begbie - MoonDecember 30, 2020Cris Contini Contemporary is pleased to present David Begbie's new artwork 'Moon', 2020. David Begbie, internationally renowned sculptor, was born in Scotland and he started...
AMOURPHUSDavid Begbie at Il Salotto di Milano October 12, 2021AMOURPHUS is the David Begbie' Solo Exhibition organized by Cris Contini Contemporary in Milan from the 7th to the 35th October 2021 at Il Salotto di Milano. The title of the new exhibition is a linguistic game that combines the term "amorphous" with the words "amour" and "us".
On Air | Studio Aperto | AMOURPHUS | David BegbieServizio di Federico Pini October 21, 2021