Robin Gibson Gallery

modern + contemporary

David Eastwood

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David Eastwood

Verso 2023
61×71cm acrylic on polyester

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David Eastwood’s paintings and drawings are characterised by a hyperreal, collage-like aesthetic in which space is composed of multiple fragments that form a complex whole. Such an approach to pictorial space is evident in his early trompe l’oeil images, as well as in more recent interiors populated by disparate and often surprising objects, contradicting conventional notions of time and space. One line of inquiry in his work involves an investigation of the studio as a place of immersion and invention, informed by the museum practice of posthumously reconstructing the studios of artists such as Francis Bacon and Giorgio Morandi. He also has a continuing interest in model-making as a tool to generate hypothetical objects, producing both handmade models and 3D digital models to inform his imaging practices.

David exhibits regularly at Robin Gibson Gallery in Sydney where he is based, and has exhibited in numerous art prizes including the Dobell Drawing Prize, Brett Whiteley Travelling Art Scholarship, Hazelhurst Art Award, Adelaide Perry Prize for Drawing, Metro Art Award and Redlands Westpac Art Prize. He was awarded COFA’s first University Medal in 1997, as well as the Lloyd Rees Memorial Youth Art Award, an Australia Council Paris studio residency, and the Kedumba Drawing Award. He is a Senior Lecturer and Director of Higher Degree Research at UNSW Art & Design.

David Eastwood

Born in Sydney, Australia. Currently lives and works in Sydney

Education

2013-18 Doctor of Philosophy, UNSW Art & Design

1997-1999 Master of Fine Arts, College of Fine Arts, University of New South Wales

1993-96 Bachelor of Fine Arts with First Class Honours & University Medal, College of Fine Arts, University of New South Wales

Solo exhibitions

2023 False Monuments, Robin Gibson Gallery, Sydney

2021 Artificial Artefacts, Robin Gibson Gallery, Sydney

2019 Vue d’atelier, Robin Gibson Gallery, Sydney

2018 The Posthumous Studio, UNSW Galleries, Sydney

2016 The Atemporal Mirror, Robin Gibson Gallery, Sydney

2013 Pseudo Studio, Robin Gibson Gallery, Sydney

2011 Decoy Décor, Robin Gibson Gallery, Sydney

2011 Showroom, Australian Institute of Architects, Sydney

2009 Ulterior/Interior, Robin Gibson Gallery, Sydney

2007 Mise en scène, Robin Gibson Gallery, Sydney

2005 Marks, Robin Gibson Gallery, Sydney

2003 Split, Robin Gibson Gallery, Sydney

2001 Crumple, Robin Gibson Gallery, Sydney

1999 Tilt, Robin Gibson Gallery, Sydney

1999 COFA Exhibition Space, Sydney

Awards

2021 Highly Commended, Hazelhurst Art Award: Art on Paper

2019 Dean’s Award for Excellence in Higher Degree Research, UNSW Art & Design

2019 Dean’s Award for Outstanding PhD Thesis, Graduate Research School, UNSW

2013-2017 University Postgraduate Award, UNSW (Scholarship) UNSW Research Excellence Award (Scholarship)

2010 Kedumba Drawing Award

2008-09 Visual Arts Board Skills and Arts Development Grant: Paris studio residency (three months), Australia Council Studio, Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris

2003 Viewers’ Choice Award, Redlands Westpac Art Prize

2001 Commended, Brett Whiteley Travelling Art Scholarship

2000 Winner, Lloyd Rees Memorial Youth Art Award

1998 Willoughby City Art Prize People’s Choice Award

1998 Highly Commended, Lloyd Rees Memorial Youth Art Award

1998 Three month studio residency, UNSW studio, Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris

1997-99 Australian Postgraduate Award (Scholarship)

1997 University Medal, University of New South Wales

1997 First Prize, UNSW Union Art Competition

Selected group exhibitions

2023 Hazelhurst Art Award: Art on Paper, Hazelhurst Regional Gallery & Arts Centre, Gymea

2023 Adelaide Perry Prize for Drawing, Adelaide Perry Gallery, Croydon, Sydney

2022 Jacaranda Acquisitive Drawing Award, Grafton Regional Gallery, NSW (touring)

2022 Adelaide Perry Prize for Drawing, Adelaide Perry Gallery, Croydon, Sydney

2022 Hazelhurst Art Award: Art on Paper, Hazelhurst Regional Gallery & Arts Centre, Gymea

2020 Love in the time of COVID-19, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide.

2019 The Drawing Show, Robin Gibson Gallery, Sydney

2019 New Now, Robin Gibson Gallery, Sydney

2017 A Working Model of the World, UNSW Galleries, Sydney, and Sheila C. Johnson Design Center, Parsons School of Design, The New School, New York. Curated by Dr Lizzie Muller and Holly Williams.

2017 9 Hours Underground, Sydney opera House Cave, Sydney. Curated by Kate Smith.

2017 Re-Launch, ADspace, Sydney

2016 Small World | Small Wonders, Robin Gibson Gallery, Sydney

2016 Wall to Wall, Robin Gibson Gallery, Sydney

2015 Salon, Robin Gibson Gallery, Sydney

2015 Well Red, Robin Gibson Gallery, Sydney

2015 Drawing Now, ADspace, Sydney

2014 (Small) Gems, Robin Gibson Gallery, Sydney

2014 Monochrome, Sheffer Gallery, Sydney

2014 For Lease: Reinterpreting Place, Breezeblock, Sydney. Curated by Chloe Wolifson.

2014 The Democracy of Drawing, Airspace Projects, Marrickville, Sydney

2013 Presence and Absence, Wollongong Art Gallery, Wollongong

2013 Drawing Now, Ivan Dougherty Gallery, Sydney

2013 The Carpentry of Speculative Things, Alaska Projects, Sydney

2013 Speculative Spaces, Robin Gibson Gallery, Sydney

2012 Height x Width, Sheffer Gallery, Sydney

2012 Cut & Paste, Robin Gibson Gallery, Sydney

2012 Redlands Westpac Art Prize, National Art School Gallery, Sydney

2011 Paper Trail, Robin Gibson Gallery, Sydney

2010 Kedumba Drawing Award, Kedumba Gallery, Wentworth Falls, NSW

2010 Untitled, Robin Gibson Gallery, Sydney

2010 Metro Art Award, Metro Gallery, Melbourne

2010 Still Life Treasures, Robin Gibson Gallery, Sydney

2009 Small is the New Big, Robin Gibson Gallery, Sydney

2008 Drawcard, The National Art School Gallery, Sydney

2008 Metro 5 Art Award, Metro 5 Gallery, Melbourne and Benalla Regional Art Gallery, Victoria

2008 The Young Ones, Robin Gibson Gallery, Sydney

2007 Metro 5 Art Award, Metro 5 Gallery, Melbourne and Benalla

2007 Regional Art Gallery, Victoria

2007 Adelaide Perry Prize for Drawing, Adelaide Perry Gallery, Croydon, Sydney

2007 Hazelhurst Art Award: Art on Paper, Hazelhurst Regional Gallery & Arts Centre, Gymea, NSW

2007 Christmas Show, Robin Gibson Gallery, Sydney

2006 Praxis, Kudos Gallery, Sydney

2006 Adelaide Perry Prize for Drawing, Adelaide Perry Gallery, Sydney

2006 Swan Hill Print and Drawing Acquisitive Awards, Swan Hill Regional Art Gallery, Victoria

2006 Visions of a Municipality 2: The Second Exhibition of Lane Cove’s Art Treasures, Lane Cove Council, Sydney

2006 ABN AMRO Emerging Artist Award, ABN AMRO Tower, Sydney

2006 Three, Robin Gibson Gallery, Sydney

2006 Shelf Life, The Delmar Gallery, Ashfield, Sydney

2006 Summery Christmas Show, Robin Gibson Gallery, Sydney

2005 Praxis, Kudos Gallery, Sydney

2005 Hazelhurst Art Award: Art on Paper, Hazelhurst Regional Gallery & Arts Centre, Gymea, NSW

2005 Dobell Drawing Prize, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney

2005 Robert Jacks Drawing Prize, Bendigo Art Gallery, Victoria

2005 The Year In Art, S.H. Ervin Gallery, Sydney

2005 The Alumni Prize, Kudos Gallery, Sydney

2005 From the Stockroom, Robin Gibson Gallery, Sydney

2004 Willoughby City Art Prize, Willoughby Civic Centre, Sydney

2004 Brett Whiteley Travelling Art Scholarship, Brett Whiteley Studio, Sydney

2003 Praxis, Kudos Gallery, Sydney

2003 Destination Drawing, COFA Exhibition Space, Sydney

2003 Redlands Westpac Art Prize, Mosman Art Gallery, Sydney

2003 Still Life, Robin Gibson Gallery, Sydney

2003 The Year in Art, S.H. Ervin Gallery, Sydney

2002 Paris Days: The UNSW Studio in Paris, Ivan Dougherty Gallery, Sydney

2001 Praxis, Kudos Gallery, Sydney

2001 Preview, Robin Gibson Gallery, Sydney

2001 Alumni on Paper, Kudos Gallery, Sydney

2001 Context, Kudos Gallery, Sydney and Watt Space Gallery, Newcastle, Australia

2001 Brett Whiteley Travelling Art Scholarship, Brett Whiteley Studio, Sydney

2000 The First Show of the Last Year of the Millennium, Robin Gibson Gallery, Sydney

2000 Praxis, Kudos Gallery, Sydney

2000 The Postcard Show, Linden Arts Centre and Gallery, Melbourne

2000 An Appointment with Reality, Sir Hermann Black Gallery, Sydney

2000 Lloyd Rees Memorial Youth Art Award, Lane Cove Council Cove

2000 Room, Sydney and Atrium Gallery, ABC Ultimo Centre, Sydney

2000 The Art of Drawing, Robin Gibson Gallery, Sydney

2000 Brett Whiteley Travelling Art Scholarship, Brett Whiteley Studio, Sydney

2000 Selected Works by Gallery Artists, Robin Gibson Gallery, Sydney

1999 50th Anniversary Mosman Art Prize, Mosman Art Gallery, Sydney

1999 The King’s School Art Prize, The King’s School, Sydney

1999 Willoughby City Art Prize, Willoughby Civic Centre, Sydney

1999 MFA Graduates, Ivan Dougherty Gallery, Sydney

1998 Uncommon Masters, COFA Exhibition Space, Sydney

1998 Willoughby City Art Prize, Willoughby Civic Centre, Sydney

1998 Lloyd Rees Memorial Youth Art Award, Lane Cove Council Cove Room, Sydney

1997 Six Recent Graduates, Crawford Gallery, Sydney

1997 Jenny Birt Award, College of Fine Arts, Sydney

1997 Hatched: Healthway National Graduate Show, Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts, Perth, Australia

1997 UNSW Union Art Competition, University of New South Wales, Sydney

1997 National Tertiary Art Prize, Watt Space Gallery, Newcastle, Australia

1997 Royal Over-Seas League 14th Annual Open Exhibition, Over-Seas House, London and Edinburgh College of Art, Scotland

1996 Salon Des Refuses, S.H. Ervin Gallery, Sydney

1996 Eight is Enough, College of Fine Arts Gallery, Sydney

1996 New Portraiture, College of Fine Arts Gallery, Sydney

1996 Lloyd Rees Memorial Youth Art Award, Lane Cove Council Cove Room, Sydney and

1996 Atrium Gallery, ABC Ultimo Centre, Sydney

Collections

Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide

College of Fine Arts, University of New South Wales;

International Drawing Research Institute Archive, University of New South Wales;

Kedumba Collection of Contemporary Australian Drawings;

Lloyd Rees Memorial Youth Art Award Collection, Lane Cove Council.

National Museum of Australia, Canberra

Curatorial projects

Speculative Spaces, Robin Gibson Gallery, Sydney, 2-26 March 2013.
Speculative Spaces examined the spatial and pictorial investigations of artists working with dioramas and maquettes, fabricated at tabletop scale and subsequently mediated through imaging techniques such as drawing, painting, photography, video, or a combination of these. The exhibition was curated for Robin Gibson Gallery as part of Art Month Sydney 2013.

Academic positions

2022-ongoing Senior Lecturer and Director HDR (since 2021), UNSW Art & Design, Sydney

2014-2022 Lecturer, Fine Arts, UNSW Art & Design, Sydney

2011-2013 Lecturer & Associate Head of Painting, COFA, UNSW, Sydney

1999-2011 Lecturer, Drawing/Painting, COFA, UNSW, Sydney

2003-2009 Lecturer (sessional), Painting, National Art School, Sydney

Authored publications

Eastwood, David, 2022, ‘Out of The Field, into the Dark’ (book chapter), in Colless E; Eastwood D; Lehmann C; Thomas P (ed.), Dark Eden: Transdisciplinary Imaging at the Intersections of Art, Science and Culture, Art + Australia, Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne, Southbank VIC, pp. 52 – 63.

Eastwood, David, 2020, ‘Isolation and the Artist’s Studio’, Art Monthly Australasia, no. 326, Summer 2020-21, pp.54-59.

Eastwood, David, 2017, ‘The Studio as Cloud’ (book chapter) in L. Aceti, P. Thomas, E. Colless, L. Fisher (eds.), Cloud and Molecular Aesthetics, Leonardo/ISAST, San Francisco, CA, 15 Jan 2017, 22: pp.64-71.

Eastwood, David, 2017, ‘Artist and Model,’ in A Working Model of the World, website, published in conjunction with the exhibition ‘A Working Model of the World,’ UNSW Galleries, Sydney, and the Sheila C Johnson Design Centre, New York. http://workingmodeloftheworld.com/Artist-and-Model

Eastwood, David, 2016, ‘The Atemporal Mirror’, Ubiquity: The Journal of Pervasive Media, Vol.5 No.1, pp.149–59.

Eastwood, David, 2016, ‘Open Studio,’ in Connie Anthes and Rebecca Gallo (eds.), Make or Break: A Live Art Project, Sydney, Firstdraft Gallery, pp.19-23.

Eastwood, David, and Thomas, Paul, 2015, ‘Disruptive Agents: Transdisciplinary and Posthumous Manifestations of the Studio,’ Ubiquity, Vol. 4, No. 1 & 2, pp.3-21.

Eastwood, David, 2014, ‘Contaminated Immersion and Thomas Demand: The Dailies,’ Interference Strategies, in Lanfranco Aceti and Paul Thomas (eds.), Leonardo/ISAST, San Francisco, pp.36-49.

Eastwood, David, 2013, ‘Speculative Spaces’, Artist Profile, Issue 22, pp.142-143.


Bibliography

Anderson, Patricia, ‘City in Everyone’s Image’, The Weekend Australian, August 23–24, 2003, Review p21.

Burke, Justin, ‘The studio as subject’, The Australian, September 19, 2013, p14.

Carsley, Gary, David Eastwood: Mise en scéne, exhibition catalogue, 2007.

Edwards, A.J, ‘David Eastwood: Pseudo Studio’, Art Almanac, October 2013, pp44-45,

Frost, Andrew, ‘Pleasure and Paint’, The Sydney Morning Herald, November 5, 2010, Metro p14.

Frost, Joe, ‘David Eastwood’, Artist Profile, issue 8, 2009, pp66–69.

Gibson, Prue, ‘Draped, folded and concealed’, Australian Art Review, Issue 23, May – July 2010, pp62–63.

Grant, Ian, David Eastwood: Decoy Décor, exhibition catalogue, 2011.

Low, Lenny Ann, ‘Rust For Life’, The Sydney Morning Herald, Weekend Edition, November 17–18, 2001, Metropolitan p13.

McDonald, John, A Guide to Australian Art and Galleries, Zhu Junbo, Shanghai, 2010, p196.

Schwartzkoff, Louise, ‘Open Gallery’, The Sydney Morning Herald, November 14–15, 2009, Spectrum p18.



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