Our River: city floodplain
"The LA River is part of the city’s identity and history. Restore our river as a natural river – rewilded, not gentrified and overdeveloped."
David Eddington, artist
Photo courtesy of the artist
ABOUT THE ARTIST
David Eddington was born in London. He studied at the Central School of Art in Holborn, London; after graduating with a MFA in Fine Art he lived variously in Southern India, Italy, Somerset and London. His practice as a visual artist has been consistent; as a frequent exhibitor with Gallery Siâu in Amsterdam, he has also had regular shows in Spain and England. Eddington was a tenured professor at Plymouth University’s School of Art in Devon, then relocated to the USA in 2000. Initially based in New Orleans, he lectured at Loyola University and LSU Baton Rouge, also showing work at various galleries including NOLA’s Contemporary Art Center. Later, he came to live in California where he now lives in Venice with his family. Eddington continues to exhibit his work extensively, primarily large scale paintings in both acrylic and oils.
For when I paint, I look for the reality of the work, removing my thought from everything other than the nature of the work itself, a contained research. Although the subconscious resulting work bears reference to art historical they are far from objects of science, or solely political, or as the galleryists looks to the market; Since the creation of a painting today is almost by definition multi-faceted, I accept that these phonemes happen, though I am not concerned for these considerations when I make work. So where does my work belong? When I paint, it belongs within its-self, a unique area that as I paint the resulting image leads me further along. I am interested in what makes a collection of objects or a painting a work of art, as relating to that element that makes a simple surface or object become more than the material from which it is constructed and presented, where the most important element of the work, isn’t the ‘thing’ at all, but where it takes you, a search for the truth in ‘being’.