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David Theobald

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David Theobald is a video artist born in Worthing in 1965. Although originally trained as a chemical engineer, he pursued a career in finance for fifteen years, living both in New York and London. Twelve years ago he decided to change profession and dedicate himself to becoming a full-time artist. Most recently, his main works have been animations structured from photographs, scanned images or single frames extracted from video footage, blending these together to create a familiar yet alien environment. These may be structured as conventional films or as continuous loops with no discernible beginning or end.

Recent exhibitions include the solo show PC World at Motorcade/Flashparade, Bristol, the 2014 Oriel Davies Open, 971 Horses and 4 Zebras with a screening at the Tate Modern, Deepest Sympathy at Ikon, Birmingham and Animate Project's' Digitalis. David’s work was included on the recent DVD, New Contemporaries Moving Image 1968 - 2010, and as part of 'Figuring Landscapes', a touring exhibition of film and video that showed at major art venues throughout the UK and Australia. David curated the exhibition Modern Times at the Vegas Gallery and was also winner of the 2009 Creekside Open selected by Mark Wallinger, the Open West 2011 and the Motorcade/FlashParade National 2012. David is a visiting lecturer at Wimbledon College of Art, part of University of the Arts.


1983 - 87 Imperial College, MEng Chemical Engineering
2002 - 03 Wimbledon College of Art, Foundation Art + Design
2003 - 06 Wimbledon College of Art, BA Hons Fine Art
2006 - 08 Goldsmiths College, MFA Art Practice

Selected Exhibitions/Screenings

Stigmart10 Videofocus Special 12th Edition (online), interview
Limbo Associate Members Open, Margate, UK
KARST Artist Film Screenings 2015, Karst Gallery, Plymouth, UK

Bittersweet Christmas, Trispace Gallery, The Biscuit Factory, London
OIKOS – Mostra d’Arte Ecointegralista, Villa Spinola Narisano, Genova, Italy
Uamo 2014 - 'Pretty Ugly', Einstein Kultur, Munich, Germany
6th Screengrab International Media Arts Award, James Cook University, Queensland, Australia
9th Szczecin European Film Festival, Szczecin, Poland
From David Bomberg to Paula Rego - The London Group in Southampton, Southampton City Art Gallery
McLaren 2014 Animation in Context: Screening and discussion, CCA, Glasgow
Oriel Davies Open 2014, Oriel Davies Gallery, Newtown, Powys, Wales (Apr 19 - 18 Jun)
Limbo Associate Members Show (selected by Bob and Roberta Smith and Sarah Martin), Limbo Gallery, Margate, UK
London Group on London, Cello Factory, London
Film Open, Sidney Cooper Gallery, Canterbury Christ Church University, Canterbury, UK

8th International Streaming Festival, the Hague, Netherlands and online
+100 The London Group Today, The Cello Factory, London
PC World (solo show), Motorcade/FlashParade, Bristol, UK
COE 13, Claremorris, Ireland
Worcester Open 2013, The Old Library Space, Worcester, UK
Creekside Open 2013 (selected by Ceri Hand), APT Gallery, London
Filmideo, Index Art Centre, Newark, USA
Rogues' Galleries, Deva Shorts, Chester Performs, Chester, UK
971 Horses and 4 Zebras, CAST, Tasmania, Australia
Screening 2013, The Public, West Bromwich, UK


M/FP National, Motorcade/FlashParade, Bristol
At Home/Zu Hause, LoBe Gallery, Berlin, Germany
971 Horses and 4 Zebras (screening), Tate Modern
Appropriate Response, Vulpes Vulpes, London
971 Horses and 4 Zebras, Wimbledon Space, Wimbledon College of Art
Deepest Sympathy (solo show), Ruskin Gallery, Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge
Alchemy Film Festival, Hawick, Scottish Borders, UK 
Reframing Bournemouth, The Triangle, Bournemouth Festival, UK
On my behalf: Self Portraits from the London Group, Cumberland Hotel, London
Exeter Contemporary Open, Exeter Phoenix, Exeter, UK 
Welcome to the Treasuredome, ICCI 360 Arena, Weymouth 
Deepest Sympathy, Ikon, Birmingham 
Animasivo Festival, Mexico City, Mexico
Reel: Two, Over+out, Lincoln 
Filmideo, Index Art Centre, Newark, USA
Switch 2012, Nenagh, Co. Tipperary, Ireland


Digitalis, National Film Theatre 3 Southbank, Animate Projects and BFI, London
6th International Streaming Festival, the Hague, Netherlands and online
19th Raindance Film Festival, Apollo Cinema, London
Animation Open, Salisbury Arts Centre, Salisbury, UK
4Seen, The Garden Gallery, Cheltenham, UK
Bus Stop Cinema, Elysium Gallery, Swansea, Hay-on-Wye and Venice
Digitalis, Animate Projects, (on-line exhibition)
Tenderflix, Rushes Soho Shorts Festival 2011, Tenderpixel Gallery, London
You Are Not In Control, Netil House, Submit2Gravity, London
Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 2011, London
Creekside Open 2011 (selected by Phyllida Barlow), APT Gallery, Deptford
Creekside Open 2011 (selected by Dexter Dalwood), APT Gallery, Deptford
Auto_Art_Screening, Kaampi, Alkovi-Gallery, Helsinki
About the Human Condition, International Streaming Festival The Hague (on-line exhibition)
Open West 2011, Gloucestershire University, Cheltenham, UK


Curiouser and Curiouser, Old Vic Tunnels/Submit2Gravity, London
Cube Open 2010, Cube Gallery, Manchester, UK
Exeter Contemporary Open, Exeter Phoenix, Exeter, UK
RE: Animate, Wolverhampton Art Gallery, UK
Home Sweet Home, Werkstatt der Kulturen, Glogauair, Berlin
RE: Animate, Oriel Davies Gallery, Newtown, Powys, Wales
Lobe Gallery, Berlin
The Haye-on-Wye Literary Festival / Elysium Gallery, UK
After the End, Elysium Gallery, Swansea, Wales
Holding Time, Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan , London
EV+A, Limerick, Ireland


Baggage Reclaim, Prussian Projekte, Nottingham, UK (solo show)
Celeste Prize 09, Alte AEG Fabrik, Berlin
In to Land, Arlington Arts, Newbury, UK
COE 2009, Claremorris, Ireland (selected by Tom Morton)
Modern Times, Vegas Gallery, London (curator and artist)
Cut to the Chase, Bargate Monument Gallery (A Space), Southampton, UK
Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 2009 (selected by Richard Wilson), London
Transition, Submit to Gravity/Oxo Bargehouse, London
Creekside Open 2009 (selected by Mark Wallinger), APT Gallery, Deptford, UK
The Open West, Gloucestershire University, Cheltenham, UK
Oxford Contemporary, Ovada, Oxford, UK
Trampoline: Platform for New Media Art, Radiator Festival 09: Exploits in the Wireless City, Nottingham
The London Art Fair 2009, Video Booth (Art Projects), London Design Centre


Figuring Landscapes touring exhibition, Various UK and Australia (ArtSway, Tate Modern, FACT,...), Britsh Artist Film and Video Study Collection
ArtSway Open 08, New Forest, UK
Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2008, Liverpool and London
Wolstenholme Screenings: Leo Fitzmaurice, 11 Wolstenholme Square, Liverpool
Switch 2008, Nenagh, Co. Tipperary, Ireland
Quantifying Play, The Jago Gallery, London
Goldsmiths Art at DIUS (Dept for Innovation, Universities and Skills), Whitehall, London
Cube Open 08, Cube Gallery, Manchester
Animal, Stroud House Gallery, Stroud, UK
Visions in the Nunnery, Bow Arts Trust, London
Locus, Bath Fringe Arts Festival (FAB), Bath, UK
700is Reindeer 2008, Iceland and tour

United Kingdom

T: +44 2088928202
M: +44 7854979931

Web Links
See video work (vimeo channel)
See still image work (flickr stream)
Axis Artist Page
Saatchi Artist Page
New Contemporaries 2008 Online Catalogue
971 Horse and 4 Zebras Essay by Lilly Husbands
VegasSpray Artist Page, Brisbane
Figuring Lanscapes Online Catalogue
Animate Projects Interview
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