I love that dialogue with the materials (steel). I love the possibilities and limitations of the material, its flexibility when hot and its resistance when cool. I also like that I frequently come up hard against my own limitations. This forces me to be more creative in solving the problems I have set for myself. David Horton
A graduate (Bachelor of Fine Art 1999 and a Masters of Fine Art 2009) of the National Art School (NAS), David Horton continues to hold a close affiliation with NAS. Like many of his contemporaries, Horton has been teaching the next generation of sculptors and drafts people while working solidly on his own craft behind the scenes.
Horton's sculptures exude a quiet strength. He has a keen interest in music, instruments, movement (dance) and feelings induced by music. Horton sites the investigations into these concepts as the genesis for many of his sculptures. Working almost exclusively in metal, he moves between treating the surface with paint or leaving it to the elements to oxidize and patina.
The sculptures are purposefully 'devoid of utilitarian functionality,' this is central to Horton's compositions and approach as he feels this way of working frees him to work more in line with a modernist aesthetic. His compositions, while intriguing, are careful not to give the viewer too many cues. Even the titles of works are left as breadcrumbs to be used to read the feeling of the work as a pose to a meaning.
Horton has won several prestigious prizes in Australian sculpture over the past decade; first prize Sydney Airport 2000 Sculpture Award (1999), first prize Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi (2007) and the highly coveted National Helen Lempriere Sculpture Award for Emerging Artist (2010). He has also exhibited in numerous group shows and has had two solo exhibitions to date.
David's sculptures can be found in many regional galleries and private collections. He is currently represented by Defiance Gallery, Sydney, NSW.
Discuss this quote: I wanted to arrange those elements in a sculpture that read like a sentence. Also I wanted it to have a musical sensibility, because music is one of my interests. David Horton (2007) on his winning Sculpture by the Sea piece Yesternight.
Visit the Sculpture by the Sea website and browse Horton's other sculptures. Select one of the works and discuss each of the characteristics of the sculpture.
Agree or disagree - Sculpture by the Sea breaks down rarefied sort of spaces like art galleries, and people are able to more easily enjoy the work. David Horton (2007)
Visit the Sculpture by the Sea website and browse Horton's other sculptures. Select two of the works and discuss each of the characteristics of the sculpture. Compare and contrast the two sculptures, form a position and then argue the work that you feel is most successful.
IMAGES: Portrait: Sculpture by the Sea winner artist David Horton with his piece Yesternight Tracey Nearmy AAP 2007. David Horton Lament 1999. mild steel. 25 x 53 x 59 cm. Gift of Deodent P/L under the Australian Government’s Cultural Gifts Program. Photo: Clare Lewis.