Brain Skull
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Chrysanthemum
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Passion Skull
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Patriot Bouquet
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Gold Sovereign

55cm H x 45cm W

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Queen and Country Gold

55cm H x 45cm W

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Queen and Country Silver

55cm H x 45cm W

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Silver Sovereign

55cm H x 45cm W

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David Beckham
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Marie Helvin
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Nicky Haslam
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Pierce Brosnan
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Sam Taylor-Woods
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Fool for Love

85cm H x 70cm W

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Forbidden Stitch

85cm H x 70cm W

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Suffer for Beauty

85cm H x 70cm W

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Tangled Love

 

17 Flocked Antlers on White Perspex 6ft*6ft

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Time Bleeds

TIME BLEEDS GROUP SHOW SASSOON ROOM, FOLKESTONE
September 29th —November 7th 2014

A group show with Viola Films, Helen And Colin David, Matt Rowe, Simon Pruciak.

The film Time Bleeds is directed by Samuel Supple and produced by Debra McGee of Viola Films.

“What happens if we forget?” The seaside town of Folkestone, Kent, UK was the gateway to the war for over eight million troops.

Time Bleeds Film

To complement the Time Bleeds film, and work by artists Matt Rowe and Simon Pruciak, Helen David and Colin David have created several pieces.

These works continue the key concerns in their practice with themes that question the sense of identity: nationality, migration, folklore, mythology and the cycle of life and death.

This piece and the following images were in Time Bleeds, a group show at Folkestone Library October/November 2014.

 

And Still You Whisper Of The War [foreground] and Memento Mori  Billboard [detail]

Helen and Colin David

Cotton, textile dyes 26 m x 22 cm

The title of this piece, by Helen and Colin David, is a quote from the war poet, Siegfried Sassoon. Bunting is part of Folkestone’s vernacular. It is a festive, popular British seaside decoration. Subverting bunting’s usual purpose, this piece is comprised of 101 triangles, one for each year from 1914 to 2014. Based on information about British military history, found in Wikipedia, [and intentionally not researched further] the red triangles represent years when Britain was at war and the white triangles years when Britain was at peace.

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And Still You Whisper Of The War [detail]

Helen and Colin David

Cotton, textile dyes 26 m x 22 cm

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Pro Patria Mori

Pro Patria Mori and And Still You Whisper Of The War [foreground]

With Ghillie works by Matt Rowe

Colin and Helen David

Cast foam, flocking. 2 m diameter x 60 cm

The title of this piece, meaning To Die For One’s Country, is from the Wilfred Owen poem, Dulce et Decorum Est.
It comprises a circle of red antlers. Helen and Colin David often use antlers in their work. Deer are a very ancient British animal and as such symbolize some of the elusive and enduring qualities of pre-Christian folk art.

Deer are also a metaphor for soldiers; they seem brave, and almost disciplined. If you shoot a deer amid the herd the others do not react.
Stags grow massive antlers every year for the sole purpose of fighting other stags to impress the does. It’s like growing a weapon. The winning stags have several mates, but the losers have none. They fight for the right to reproduce. While growing, antlers are protected by natural velvet. The flocking on the antlers refers to this. This velvet also protects a blood supply to the antlers. When they are fully grown the deer rub off the velvet and the antlers harden. After the rutting season, the antlers fall off, as the deer no longer need them.

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Pro Patria Mori [detail]

Colin and Helen David

Cast foam, flocking. 2 m diameter x 60 cm

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What We Mourn For The Dead Is The Loss Of Their Hopes

Helen and Colin David

Crystal, metal, embroidery on linen 10 x 7 x 6.5 cm

This piece, titled with a quote from John Berger, is by Helen and Colin David. It comprises a crystal case, containing a scrap of linen, embroidered with the word Hope. It speaks to the question of remembrance and the hope that a loved one’s life is not lost in war.

Death is the end of identity, a fallen soldier is not only lost as a person, but it is also impossible for him to have a future, to have hopes and dreams.

This tiny piece was shown on a plinth at the end of the bunting by a large window.

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What We Mourn For The Dead Is The Loss Of Their Hopes [detail]

Helen and Colin David

Crystal, metal, embroidery on linen 10 x 7 x 6.5 cm

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Billboards

Memento Mori Billboard

Digital print on hardboard 4.88 m x 2.44 m

Helen and Colin David

Floral Ghillie Billboard by Matt Rowe

Digital print on hardboard 4.88 m x 2.44 m

Matt Rowe and Helen and Colin David have created billboards that after the show in the Sassoon room will be relocated to Folkestone harbour, the original point of departure for WW1 soldiers going to the front line. This area features significantly in the Time Bleeds film. Putting the works in this site-specific loca- tion will transform them from exhibition prints to a sculptural intervention.

The action of placing them in the public domain to fade and decay is suggestive of our collective memory of the Great War, the way its vibrancy and impact are subdued and weathered away over time.

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RCA Secret Show

Now that the RCA Secret show is complete we can reveal the four postcards designed by Helen and Colin David. Sale of artists’ postcards benefited students at the R.C.A.

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RCA Secret 2016 Art Postcards - PEACE
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Catching Fire

Folkestone Triennial Fringe 2017

Catching Fire took place at The Drying Ground 14th October 2017 at 19.14, Nautical Twilight.

TIMELAPSE

FULL VIDEO – Light

FULL VIDEO – Dark 

After the performance, the 4m*2.5m image was burnt onto the background – a fire drawing

 

Catching Fire was demounted form the Drying Ground and re-installed on the wall of the Harbour Arm where it will weather in the elements – gently fading away.

 

Cotton Nets were soaked in Boiled Linseed Oil and left to dry on the Drying Ground above The Stade, Folkestone.…

….soaked with linseed oil stored in a pile are considered a fire hazard because they provide a large surface area for oxidation of the oil, and the oil oxidises quickly. The oxidation of linseed oil is an exothermic reaction, which accelerates as the temperature increases. When heat accumulation exceeds the rate of heat dissipation into the environment, the temperature increases and may eventually become hot enough to make the rags spontaneously combust.

John Gale, Folkestone – Witness to a Burning Net 1955/6 when 10 years old

 

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Folkestone Triennial Fringe 2017

 

A one off static performance that will be completed in a matter of minutes
but will leave lasting marks – gently fading over time.

Based on the fishermen’s nets that were once a daily part of Folkestone life,
these long nets were hung inside the houses because when left outside they could spontaneously combust.
This piece is a reminder of those dramatic moments of an element out of control.
The net is created with igniter fuse cord.
Hung in where the old nets used to be dried, against a pale wall for maximum impact, and then ignited,
the scorch marks will leave a poetic record of the event and of the pattern
of the net itself and those previous nets from Folkestone’s past.

There is also a continuing resonance with Folkestone’s past as a significant site in the history of the WW1

A video recordingof the performance will be available.

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Folkestone Triennial Fringe 2017

BURNING TIME

Video Installation –

This is an accurate timepiece made from gunpowder.
It shows a 12 hour clock (showing both night and day) and runs on a 24 hour loop.
Hours, Minutes and Seconds are exactly marked by a series of small explosions.

It is viewed through a series of peepholes reminiscent of seaside amusement arcades in the past

As an art medium, gunpowder has a special relevance to Folkestone
as it was something normalised in the daily lives of soldiers preparing to leave to go to war.

The clock will be stopped on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, Armistice Day

BURNING TIME – INSTALLATION 1

BURNING TIME – INSTALLATION 2

BURNING TIME – VIDEO SAMPLE

 

 

Inside the old fishing tackle arch – 2m by 2m video screen

 

Outside the arch – peepholes visible

Looking through the peepholes

 

BURNING NET – coming soon – Oct 2017

BURNING NET

A one off static performance that will be completed in a matter of minutes
but will leave lasting marks – gently fading over time.

Based on the fishermen’s nets that were once a daily part of Folkestone life,
these long nets were laid out or hung on the sides of the houses because when left outside they could spontaneously combust.
This piece is a reminder of those dramatic moments of an element out of control.
The net is created with 500m meters of fuse cord.
Hung on the site where the old nets used to be dried, against a pale wall for maximum impact, and then ignited,
the scorch marks will leave a poetic record of the event and of the pattern of the net itself and those previous nets from Folkestone’s past.

There is a continuing resonance with Folkestone’s past as a significant site in the history of the WW1

Watch the Sample Fragment

A video recording of the full performance will be available.

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Green Hera

IMMORTALS SILK SCREEN PRINTS

Immortals is a series of intensely coloured portraits that exploit modern ‘pop’ technology to celebrate the mythic nature of Hollywood celebrities.

Helen and Colin David created this series of silk-screen images on Somerset paper in 2005 when they were studying print at the Royal College of Art. They are in a strictly limited edition of 15 prints.

The series is a reaction to how we feel about celebrities in contemporary life.  Celebrities, like the Greek Gods of Mount Olympus, are imperfect, fallible, fascinating, but also very powerful. Their role in our society reflects that of the Olympian gods in ancient Greek society. Without knowing them personally, we emulate their behaviour, and we follow their stories.

Each celebrity represents a specific god. Helen commented at the private view; “For casting, I looked at literally hundreds of images of each actor until I found exactly the right facial expression to convey the character that I was looking for. The colours and background patterns reflect the personality of the God as well […] we started experimenting with what colour their faces could be.”

 

[Sharon Stone as Hera]

66cm H x 66cm W

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Red Velvet Tree of Love

To celebrate the festive period, the V&A has commissioned artists Helen and Colin David, to create a Christmas Tree for the Grand Entrance of the Museum.

The ‘Red Velvet Tree of Love’ is traditional in shape but is coated in visceral red flocking to give a deep velvet like appearance. Reaching 4.75 meters high, the scarlet Christmas Tree is decorated with 79 sets of hand cast replica antlers and 67 white, heart-shaped baubles. The baubles have been printed in 3D and reference traditional Christmas motifs.
The design for tree was inspired by the V&A’s collection, specifically an H.F.C Rampendahl chair dating from 1860, which has a frame primarily made from real antlers and is upholstered in velvet. Helen David said; ‘I have always found beautiful and inspiring objects at the V and A, since I first came to London and visited as an art student. The combination of the feminine velvet and the masculine antlers of the Victorian era chair provided a very inspiring starting point for the tree, and of course the words ‘velvet’ and ‘antler’ begin with the letters V&A.’
Helen and Colin have observed the natural growing and falling of deer’s antlers every year from their print studio on the edge of a deer park in Norfolk.  Male deer grow antlers in the spring, which are protected by a velvety growth; a stage described as ‘in velvet’. Once the antlers are fully grown the deer scrape off the velvet before the rutting season, after which the antlers are ‘cast’, or fall off, before the next cycle of growth. This process is referenced in the red antlers of the Christmas Tree, which are also ‘in velvet’. Colin David said: ‘For me antlers represent the cycle of life, death and rebirth.’
A selection of the baubles feature the shape of a deer taken from a 1766 printed linen from the V&A’s collection. The other baubles which depict snowflakes or the artists’ signatures.
Helen and Colin David are known originally for their fashion and textile label English Eccentrics, which was established in 1983 and rapidly became known for its eclectic and innovative style and distinctive textile designs. Some of this work is currently on display in the V&A’s Club to Catwalk: London Fashion in the 1980s exhibition. The artists continue to develop unique and limited edition textile pieces for English Eccentrics as well as working together and individually to create fine art in a variety of media including drawing, photography, silk screen printing, painting, laser cutting, and sculpture.

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Forever England

3D Parallax Print

Edition of 6

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RCA Secret Postcards 2017

RCA Secret 2017 – EYE
Mutimedia on A5 Postcard

 

 

RCA Secret 2017 – LIPS

Multimedia on A5 Postcard

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Violet Artemis

66cm H x 66cm W

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Pink Aphrodite

66cm H x 66cm W

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RCA Secret 2018
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Blue Hermes

66cm H x 66cm W

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Orange Apollo

66cm H x 66cm W

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RCA Secret 2016 Art Postcards - LOVE
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Magenta Dionysus

66cm H x 66cm W

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Lilac Persephone

66cm H x 66cm W

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Aphrodite

66cm H x 66cm W

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Apollo

66cm H x 66cm W

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Ares

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RCA Secret 2016 Art Postcards - HOPE
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Folkestone 2017
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you 'n me

Patinated bronze on card

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Artemis

66cm H x 66cm W

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Folkestone Fringe 2017- CATCHING FIRE
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Athena

66cm H x 66cm W

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Demeter

66cm H x 66cm W

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Dionysus

66cm H x 66cm W

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Hephaistos

66cm H x 66cm W

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RCA Secret Postcards 2017
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Hera

66cm H x 66cm W

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Hermes

66cm H x 66cm W

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Hestia

66cm H x 66cm W

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Poseidon

66cm H x 66cm W

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Zeus

66cm H x 66cm W

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In Memoriam

3D Parallax Print

Edition of 6

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RCA Secret 2016 Art Postcards
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fish 'n chips

Patinated bronze on card

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No Nukes Hydrangea

3D Parallax Print

Edition of 6

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Patriot Bouquet

3D Parallax Print

Edition of 6

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love 'n peace

Patinated bronze on card

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Evanescence

3D Parallax Print

Edition of 6

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RCA Secret 2015 Art Postcards
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Ghost Video 2013

Ghost Animation

Complete Installation 

Ghost is a site-specific installation by Colin David.

A sculpture within a cabinet of curiosities, designed, created and installed into a secret room in the writer Anthony Horowitz’s home..

The center piece is a translucent torso, which comes to life through video-mapped animation. The means of projection is entirely concealed within the rest of the installation.

Anthony Horowitz

Animation and mapping: Oliver David

Production Assistants: Ben Britworth, Izzi Valentine

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3D Parallax Prints
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The Red Velvet Tree of Love
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Tangled Love
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Edge of Flesh & Dreaming

The Edge of Flesh and Dreaming is the title we chose for our Spanish influenced Living Quarters 2010.

From a poem by Lorca, this poem expresses the feeling we had of Spain being poised between the fleshiness of its traditional culture and a sense of yearning spirituality.

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Something Rich And Strange

Something Rich and Strange is a collaboration where we created a series of large scale photographs using flowers and skulls that seek to question patriotism and the concept of Dulce et Decorum est… This work was produced as a response to the invasion of Iraq and Afghanistan, both admiring the bravery and commitment of the soldiers whilst questioning the benefits that are supposed to flow from their sacrifice.

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Union Jack

Union Flag Series

The Queens Head is a series of 4 paintings on canvas using gold and silver leaf or diamond dust over acrylic and featuring the Union flag. Continuing from the patriotism theme, they celebrate the reign of Queen Elizabeth ll, while at the same time questioning the concept of monarchy in a modern world. [Pearly Nation and the Innocent Nation are two small paintings looking at nostalgia and community, mixing faded flags with sepia tinted people and floral motifs.]

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Forbidden Stitch

The forbidden stitch was a Chinese knot so tiny it could cause the embroiders to go blind, and was eventually banned. This small sequence of works are paintings that feature Ancient Greek sculptures on grounds based on antique Chinese embroideries.

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Immortals

Immortals is a group of hand-embroidered, digitally manipulated, prints on textiles where Hollywood stars are cast as the twelve Olympian Gods of Ancient Greece. For example, Aphrodite, the goddess of Love, is played by Scarlett Johansson, and Zeus, king of all the Olympians, is played by Samuel L. Jackson.

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Friends and Icons

The world of fashion led to us meeting a number of Iconic people. We used their photographs as a starting point for these large works in hand painting and hand beading celebrating their iconography within the modern world of celebrity.

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