Strong Scottish theme to next Meffan exhibition

Artist David Faithfull is pictured with some of his work.
Artist David Faithfull is pictured with some of his work.

The next exhibition at The Meffan in Forfar will be of work by Edinburgh artist David Faithfull.

‘Chamber’ (seòmar) is a series of chamber or room installations, each created with reference to a particular feature or issue within the Scottish landscape.

Each space is customised with location-specific wallpaper and shelves, housing a distinct array of prints, drawings, and artist’s books.

David is an artist, printmaker and curator whose intrinsic relationship to the landscape is fundamental to his work. He lectures at the University of Dundee and has studio bases in both Edinburgh at WASPS, Patriothall and on the Isle of Mull, off the west coast of Scotland.

Much of his work focuses on the natural environment, through Palindromic and Panoramic forms and sequences.

The ‘Palindromic Landscape’ was conceived by David to interpret a particular aspect or scene, from diametrically opposing viewpoints or emotional states, regularly incorporating locally sourced oak gall ink.

These explorations, often representing the topography of the Hebrides, have been translated into numerous Artists’ Book collaborations and prints since first being exhibited in Verona in 1997.

They have subsequently evolved into collaborations with Scottish writers, their text providing an additional antithesis or counterpoint to the visual thesis.

These include publishing ‘Jura’ with the poet John Burnside in 2008, additionally featured as a visual synthesis in Polygon’s ‘The Spirit of Jura’ with writer and psychogeographer Will Self. Other collaborations include the Gaelic Arts Agency’s ‘An Leabhar Mor’ interpreting Uist poet Donald Macintyre’s words and ‘Centum’, in collaboration with poet Ken Cockburn for Scottish fund managers Baillie Gifford.

A graduate of Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, he spent eight years working as an artist and illustrator in Copenhagen, Denmark.

David has exhibited extensively nationally and internationally and has work in collections including the V&A, Tate Britain, the Hunterian, The Bank of Scotland headquarters, the Lloyds TSB Headquarters in London and the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art.