David Godbold

David Godbold 
Untitled (New Horizon) 
2015
acrylic, crayon, oil and oil stick on canvas and neon
150 x 120 cm / 59.1 x 47.2 in   
 
David Godbold 
Untitled (Night Navigator) 
2015
acrylic, synthetic polymer, oil, oil stick, and crayon on canvas. 
150 x 120 cm / 59.1 x 47.2 in   
David Godbold
Untitled (Night for Day)
2015
acrylic, oil and oil stick on canvas and neon
175 x 175 cm / 69 x 69 in
David Godbold 
Untitled (Duelists with green clouds) 
2015
acrylic, synthetic polymer, oil, oil stick, ink and crayon on canvas. 
150 x 120 cm / 59.1 x 47.2 in
David Godbold 
Your “yes” Matters 
2015
ink and crayon on tracing paper over laid over found drawing and collage
41.8 x 29.5 cm / 16.5 x 11.6 in   
 
David Godbold 
Rubens 
1992-2015
acrylic, synthetic polymer and oil on canvas
35 x 29 cm / 13.8 x 11.4 in   
 
David Godbold 
Metaphor 10
1994-2015
acrylic, photocopy, oil, oil stick and crayon on recycled card.
45 x 32 cm / 17.7 x 12.6 in
David Godbold 
A.K.A Big Balls
2012
ink and pencil on tracing paper laid over found paper
29.7 x 21 cm / 11.7 x 8.3 in
David Godbold 
There's always one
2012
ink and pencil on tracing paper laid over found paper
29.7 x 21 cm / 11.7 x 8.3 in 
David Godbold 
Whatever
2012
ink and pencil on tracing paper laid over found card
29.7 x 21 cm / 70.9 x 92.1 in
David Godbold 
Stealth Dog (defying gravity)
2011
Ink and computer print out on tracing paper overlaid on found paper
31.5 x 36.5 x 2 cm / 12.4 x 14.4 x .8 in 
David Godbold 
Things Happen (Nightfall version)
2011
acrylic on canvas
140 x 200 cm / 55.1 x 78.7 in
David Godbold 
Things Go Dark
2010
Acrylic on canvas
80 x 115 cm / 31.5 x 45.3 in  
David Godbold 
It Gets Darker With The Day II
2009-10
acrylic on canvas
140 x 200 cm / 55.1 x 78.7 in  
David Godbold
More like living than life itself
Kerlin Gallery
4th September - 10th October 2015
 
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David Godbold 
The end of the beginning of the beginning of the end
Butler Gallery
8 August to 4 October, 2009
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David Godbold
Art, Drugs and Prayer
Kerlin Gallery
12 September - 11 October 2008
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David Godbold
Once it was a lie, now it's the truth
Kerlin Gallery
14 January - 12 February 2005
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David Godbold
No thoughts
Process Room, IMMA 
29 June to 12 July 2009
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b. 1961, England.
 
David Godbold’s work has often concentrated on the production of visual imagery in high and low culture. Through drawing, painting and mixed media, his work offers a critical examination into the image-making process, alongside a semiotic, epistemological and personal investigation into culture and linear historicism.
 
Following a formative residency at PS1/MoMA, New York in 2000, Godbold began pairing classically articulated ink drawings with very contemporary, irreverent ‘captions’, forming image/texts – a practice that has remained at the core of his work. These works were often completed using found materials (discarded printed matter, old tickets and leaflets), then arranged into large-scale, scatter-hung agglomerations of caustic cartoons. Clashing past with present, highbrow with lowbrow, Godbold’s best-known work bridges old master painting with contemporary, populist forms of media such as political cartoons, comics, children’s colouring books and illustrator’s compendiums.
 
Having moved to Ireland at the beginning of the 1990s, the legacy of European colonialism has also been a particularly pressing concern for this much-travelled Englishman, who has lived for long stretches in Australia and the US. In 2005 Godbold was controversially selected to officially document the recent UK parliamentary elections in a series of drawings for the permanent collection of the House of Commons.
 
Godbold studied at Goldsmiths’ College, London (1981-4) and completed a Ph.D. in Fine Art and Visual Culture at the National University of Ireland (2007). Solo exhibitions include: Nightfall – amplissium terrarium tractum, Golden Thread Gallery, Belfast, (2018); More like living than life itself, Kerlin Gallery, Dublin, (2015); A change of plan, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, (2009); Wall Drawings, Central Connecticut State University Gallery, USA, (2000) and An Intimate Relationship, The Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dubin, (1992).

Godbold’s work is represented in the collections of Trinity College, Dublin; the Irish Museum of Modern Art; City Bank, New York, and numerous other public and private collections worldwide.

 

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David Godbold, Nightfall – amplissium terrarum tractum

Golden Thread Gallery, Belfast

3 February – 10 March

Solo exhibition including a major new wall painting, works with neon and over 120 framed drawings.

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David Godbold in conversation

Kerlin Gallery

12 September 2015, 2:30 PM

Artist talk

David Godbold will discuss his exhibition More like living than life itself with critic and lecturer Dr Caoimhín Mac Giolla Léith on Saturday, 12 September 2015 at 2:30pm. 

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Dorothy Cross, David Godbold, Richard Gorman, Stephen McKenna & Kathy Prendergast, 'Meditation on Plates'

Casino Marino, Dublin

12 July - 31 October 2014

The Office of Public Works will present an exhibition 'Meditation on Plates: Inspired by Lord Charlemont's Casino' in one of Ireland's most highly regarded historic buildings, the Casino at Marino, Dublin.


A group of almost 40 esteemed Irish and international artists, designers and architects was invited to respond to the Casino building, some of its ornamental elements or surroundings in a personal drawing. The artists' drawings have been transferred onto porcelain plates and reproduced in a limited edition of 18 plates per artist. The resulting collection is rich in its variety of interpretations and the quality and  beauty of the work.

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David Godbold, Elizabeth Magill, Eoin McHugh, Stephen McKenna, amongst others, 'Things go Dark'

The Model, Sligo

3 May - 29 June 2014

Things go Dark presents a visual exploration of the principles of aestheticism through the work of nine contemporary Irish artists. The paintings in this exhibition lure the viewer into a world of beauty, fear, tension, dark comedy and suspense. Working in various pictorial languages these artists invoke an intense emotional response that demands to be put into sensible form, while at the same time overwhelming all attempts to do so. Their work explores the possibility of a space of immediacy, which remains outside the workings of power and history.

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