Curator’s Column: David Cottingham ‘Made Visible’ at D Contemporary

This exciting show is the culmination of a fifteen-year journey, studying the art of Dance and indeed a lifetime of working directly from the figure. It represents a coming together of both strands of Cottingham’s painting, abstract and figurative and also a full-circle return to his original study of sculpture at St Martins College.

After many years of drawing from life, Cottingham began to experiment by trying to capture something of the sensation of the dancer’s own journey in space and time. In the latest work, he has done this by returning in part to oil painting, which offers new possibilities both in the fluidity of brushwork and more importantly, the use of richer colours to denote space and volume. This was a breakthrough for Cottingham; to use his linear drawing style to express the movement and at the same time to use colour to overlay ambiguous background areas.

The accompanying small series of sculptures in Clay and Metal take the Dance theme into a spatial dimension.
As a student, Cottingham worked on welded metal abstracted forms and now combine this linear approach with the solidity of the body.

So here the journey comes full circle in its attempts to make visible the transient energy and contained power of Dance. Made Visible has been a very rewarding show to collaborate on.


David Cottingham “Made Visible”
Presented by VC-Art and D Contemporary
Co-Curated by Vanessa H Clark and Mara Alves

EXHIBITION DATES | 23rd November – 27th November 2017


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