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b. 1936, United Kingdom

David Annesley Biography

David Annesley (b. 1936, London) received early recognition for his colour sculptures at The New Generation: 1965 show at the Whitechapel Gallery, London. The exhibition showcased a new generation of sculptors who had been taught by Frank Martin and Anthony Caro at St Martin's School of Art in London in the early sixties. The new approach was defined by the placement of sculptures directly on the ground, allowing them to occupy the same floor-space as the viewer; the use of new materials such as fibreglass, aluminium and plastic, which allowed the artists to transcend art historical associations with materials; and the use of bright colours, often with the addition of a 'skin' of coloured paint to further reduce attention to the specific material of the work.

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Annesley's open-form, metal sculptures drew upon his own physical experience flying as an RAF pilot. They convey a sense of weightlessness and expand into and envelop the surrounding space outlined by their linear forms. Their dynamic compositions instil a sense of movement, further animated by titles such as Loquat and Godroon, words and phrases chosen by Annesley for their sounds rather than for their anecdotal or literary content. In 1964, Annesley was introduced by Caro to the American Color Field painter, Kenneth Noland, with whom he stayed in 1966 and 1968 in Bennington, Vermont. This artistic friendship was significant in bridging the traditionally separate mediums of sculpture and painting, and encouraged Annesley's exploration of colour relationships in his sculptures.

Annesley completed National Service in 1958, and later the same year enrolled at St Martin's to study painting. He transferred to the sculpture department to study under Martin and Caro, and worked as his studio assistant with fellow student Michael Bolus. After graduating in 1961, he taught at the Croydon College of Art, St Martin's and Central School of Art and Design, London. His first solo exhibition was held at The Waddington Galleries, London, in 1966. He had two more solo shows at Waddington Galleries in 1968 and 1970. Swing Low (1964), Loquat (1965) and Untitled (1968–1969) entered the Tate collection in 1971 as part of the Alistair McAlpine Gift. Annesley's work is held in other important public collections around the world, including the British Council Collection; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Nagoya City Art Museum, Japan; and National Museums of Northern Ireland. He was elected Fellow of the Royal Society of British Sculptors in 1995.

Text courtesy Waddington Custot.

David Annesley Featured Artworks

Three Red Boxes and Circle by David Annesley contemporary artwork
David AnnesleyThree Red Boxes and Circle, 1967Painted stainless steel
217 x 240 x 43 cm
Waddington Custot Contact Gallery
Loquat by David Annesley contemporary artwork
David AnnesleyLoquat, 1965Painted stainless steel
42 x 90 x 36 inches
Waddington Custot Contact Gallery
Lift Going Up, Lift Going Down by David Annesley contemporary artwork
David AnnesleyLift Going Up, Lift Going Down, 2019Painted aluminium
219 x 219 x 62 cm
Waddington Custot Contact Gallery
Mirror by David Annesley contemporary artwork
David AnnesleyMirror, 2019Painted aluminium
219 x 219 x 62 cm
Waddington Custot Contact Gallery
Kurumidza 2 by David Annesley contemporary artwork
David AnnesleyKurumidza 2, 2008–2017painted stainless steel
76.2 x 76.2 x 22.9 cm
Waddington Custot Contact Gallery
Untitled by David Annesley contemporary artwork
David AnnesleyUntitled, 1968–2018painted and polished stainless steel
50.5 x 73 x 13.7 cm
Waddington Custot Contact Gallery

David Annesley Recent Exhibitions

Contemporary art exhibition, David Annesley, NEW WORK: David Annesley at Waddington Custot, London
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11 June–14 August 2020 David Annesley NEW WORK: David Annesley Waddington Custot, LondonLondon
Contemporary art exhibition, David Annesley, Kurumidza at Waddington Custot, London
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16 November 2017–6 January 2018 David Annesley Kurumidza Waddington Custot, LondonLondon

David Annesley Represented By

David Annesley In Related Press

How colour, taste and flight have influenced sculptor David Annesley Related Press How colour, taste and flight have influenced sculptor David Annesley 16 November 2017, Wallpaper*

Certain colour combinations make David Annesley feel quite ill. The new generation sculptor, now 84, has always had a physical, kinaesthetic response to colour - a maroon can be 'too maroon', a yellow 'too yellow'. Each of his geometric steel pieces is finely, painstakingly colour-coded, matched and painted, with shade adjustments often ongoing...

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Throwing shade: artists explore the visual language of colour Related Press Throwing shade: artists explore the visual language of colour 2 March 2017, Wallpaper*

What is colour? The artists of the mid-twentieth century had a few attempts at defining what it could be. Take David Annesley — one of the artists included in Colour is, a group exhibition opened this week at Waddington Custot on Cork Street, London. Interested in the possibilities of colour to insinuate movement, his glorious bright...

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