David Godbold

Art, Drugs and Prayer

12 September - 11 October 2008

David Godbold 
Welcome to the wonderful world 
2008
acrylic on canvas
175 x 300 cm / 68.9 x 118.1 in  
David Godbold 
Under the pines 
2008
acrylic on canvas
130 x 175 cm / 51.2 x 68.9 in 
David Godbold 
100,000,000 angels singing 
2008
acrylic on canvas
175 x 250 cm / 68.9 x 98.4 in  
David Godbold 
The Potter’s field 
2008
acrylic on canvas
130 x 170 cm / 51.2 x 66.9 in
David Godbold 
The journey is the destination 
2008
acrylic on canvas
75 x 100 cm / 29.5 x 39.4 in
David Godbold 
...yet in so many ways it had been such a good day 
2008
acrylic on canvas
175 x 250 cm / 68.9 x 98.4 in
David Godbold 
A promise 
2008
acrylic on canvas
50 x 50 cm / 19.7 x 19.7 in  
David Godbold 
Please ‘dot toach’ 
2006
ink and computer print out on tracing paper, laid over found paper
25 x 21 cm / 9.8 x 8.3 in 
David Godbold 
Give peas a chance 
2006
ink and computer print out on tracing paper, laid over found paper
29.6 x 21 cm / 11.7 x 8.3 in
David Godbold 
Talking animals 
2006
ink and computer print out on tracing paper, laid over found paper
29.4 x 21 cm / 11.6 x 8.3 in
David Godbold 
Love in the form... 
2006
ink on tracing paper, laid over found paper
41.4 x 29.5 cm / 16.3 x 11.6 in  
David Godbold 
Head in a bag 
2007
ink, pencil and computer print out on tracing paper, laid over found paper
76 x 59.5 cm / 29.9 x 23.4 in  
David Godbold 
Bloody stupid little thing 
2007
ink, pencil and computer print out on tracing paper, laid over found paper
29.8 x 21 cm / 11.7 x 8.3 in   
David Godbold 
Anyone our there? 
2007
ink, pencil and computer print out on tracing paper, laid over found paper
21 x 29.5 cm / 8.3 x 11.6 in 
David Godbold
Art, Drugs and Prayer
Kerlin Gallery
12 September - 11 October 2008
David Godbold
Art, Drugs and Prayer
Kerlin Gallery
12 September - 11 October 2008
David Godbold
Art, Drugs and Prayer
Kerlin Gallery
12 September - 11 October 2008
David Godbold
Art, Drugs and Prayer
Kerlin Gallery
12 September - 11 October 2008
David Godbold
Art, Drugs and Prayer
Kerlin Gallery
12 September - 11 October 2008
David Godbold
Art, Drugs and Prayer
Kerlin Gallery
12 September - 11 October 2008
Kerlin Gallery are delighted to present an exhibition of new works by David Godbold. This new body of work marks both a departure and a return in his practice. ‘Art, Drugs and Prayer’ predominantly manifests as paintings on canvas, rendered at a scale and form that Godbold has not engaged with since the early 1990s.  However, like most of his recent works ‘Art, Drugs and Prayer’ engages his diverse penchants for relatively obscure art history, philosophy and metaphysics. Indeed this body of work draws reference from the 19th century French poet, Charles Baudelaire, who considered it possible for the individual to escape from “…the grey flats of the everyday…” through to some form of ‘spiritual’ transcendence with the assistance of a combination of art, prayer and drugs.
 
For a number of years Godbold has been making large format wall drawings of mythic landscapes, loosely based upon the formulaic structures of works by little-known 16th and 17th century Belgium and Flemish artists such as the Van de Cock family and Joos de Mooper.  Godbold also draws equally from both high and low culture, noting that ironically, his paintings owe as much to the school of Rolf Harris, ‘Vision on’ or ‘painting by numbers’ as they do Joachim Patinir of Paul Bril.  These depictions of surnatural landscapes have inevitably mutated onto canvas. They fuse Godbold’s interest in the art historical structures of mimetics and more contemporary forms of the contrived notions of formulaic mass art depiction there by serving to further extend the artists dialogue with the viewer.
 
Godbold was educated at Goldsmith's College, London, and first came to prominence in the mid-1980s as one half of the duo Godbold & Wood.  Since moving to Ireland at the beginning of the 90's Godbold has continued to concentrate on the critical examination of the production, circulation and reception of visual imagery in both 'high' and 'low' culture. His work in a variety of media invariably involves a complex process of quotation and re-grafting of disparately sourced imagery to produce witty, irreverent and iconoclastic commentaries on a range of topics.
 
David Godbold has exhibited widely and has had solo shows in Ireland, Britain, Italy, Australia, Belgium and the USA. He participated in the highly acclaimed 'Clockworks' - a PS1/MoMA International Studio Programme Exhibition at The Clocktower Gallery, New York, in 2000 and the residency at the British School in Rome, 2002.   He is represented in the collections of Trinity College, Dublin, the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin; Citi Bank, USA, The Gemeente Museum Helmond, Netherlands and in many private and public collections throughout Europe, Australia and the USA.