Playfully welcoming new connections between unfamiliar things, David Beattie encourages a sense of curiosity and exploration in the act of displacing quotidian objects. Assembled from a variety of everyday materials his work attempts to provide a framework for examining our surroundings through sculpture, photography and sound. This process of engagement can be seen as a search for a tangible present through the intermediary moments where physics, philosophy, technology and nature collide.
David Beattie is an artist and lecturer based in Dublin, Ireland. He was awarded the Harpo Foundation Award in 2010 and was a recipient of the Hennessy Art Fund for IMMA collection, 2016. In recent years, he has been commissioned to produce a number of temporary and permanent public artworks including The Walker Plinth, Derry (2020), Reflectors, Bray, Co.Wicklow and Patterns of Illumination, Griffith Barracks Multi-denominational School, Dublin.
Solo exhibitions include Berlin Opticians (2019), NUI Maynooth (2017), CCA Derry-Londonderry (2017), Temple Bar Gallery and Studios (2011), The Mattress Factory Art Museum, Pittsburgh (2010), Mercer Union Centre for Contemporary Visual Art, Toronto (2010) and Oonagh Young Gallery (2009); Group exhibitions include Circadian Rhythms, The Glucksman (2019), Berlin Opticians (2018+2019) TULCA Art Festival, Galway (2017), As above, so below, Irish Museum of Modern Art (2017), In the Line of Beauty, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin (2013), O Brave New World, Rubicon Projects, Brussels (2013) All Humans Do, The Model Sligo and Whitebox, New York (2012); Feedback, Galway Arts Centre (2011); Holding Together Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin (2010); La Part des Choses, Mains d’Oeuvres, Paris, and Quiet Revolution, Hayward Touring, UK (2009).