David Kefford


David Kefford is an artist based in Cambridge. He uses an expansive and evolving visual language to make his work, which manifest through drawing, collage, assemblage, film and installation. His work is often temporal, un- monumental and made in connection to and with his body.

Kefford liberates and subverts common objects, materials and found images from the everyday environment and transforms these into new sculptural scenarios that suggest elusive, emotional and psychological narratives.

“Kefford’s sensibility is a surrealist one, albeit updated by the new conditions of our cultural period, and it is normal that the emotional charge of his work should draw on the energy of that legacy. But to suggest that connection
it is also necessary to examine how it differs, and how Kefford’s work presents us with novel formulations of the strange, formulations which reveal a distinct purpose for that strangeness, that eventually turn out to be more about empathy and proximity than shock or disgust” – JJ Charlesworth

“These (sculptures) are trussed, punctured icons that invent a new kind of worship, a way of fitting in, or keeping open to the vulnerability of remaining outside/as outsiders and represent a bold and exciting direction for British sculpture.” – Cherry Smyth

Kefford’s work has been extensively exhibited and commissioned in the UK and internationally. Exhibitions include, The Hair of the Dog, Block 336, London (2012) New Foragers, Collyer Bristow, London (2012) One Minute Volume 5, De Anza Experimental Film, Cupertino, California (2011) Party Animal, SUGAR, New York (2010), Performing Presence, The National Centre for Contemporary Art, St Petersburg (2010) SALE, The Royal Standard, Liverpool (2009); One Thing Against Another, Aspex, Portsmouth, 2008; ArtFutures 08, Bloomberg Space, London, 2008 The Balance of Being, National Solo Touring Exhibition (2005)

Kefford was shortlisted for a Public Art commission with Futurecity (2011) and commissioned for Contemporary Art Society’s Annual Fundraiser, Material Worlds (2011). Public Gallery Residencies include ‘Installing Drawing’ (with Ansel Krut), Centre for Drawing, Wimbledon (2006) and ‘Take Over’, Pump House Gallery, London (2007). Kefford has been awarded four Arts Council England Grants, an Escalator Visual Arts Award (2005) and the Roy Noakes Bursary Prize, Royal British Society of Sculptors (2003). His work is held in a number of Public and Private collec- tions.

He is co-founder and director of artist run project space, Aid & Abet in Cambridge. He is also a member of Market Project, a collaborative initiative researching and sharing new methods or opportunities for artistic professional and economic development and a Trustee of Block 336 an artist run space in Brixton. He is currently a visiting lecturer at University of Hertfordshire and regularly lectures in other further and higher educational institutions and gives public talks in museum and gallery contexts.