Exclusive Interview with the Artist + Show Now Open ||
In Focus
Dave White
Presenting: A Beautiful Day

We have a special In Focus this week as we open our doors and breath in the summer air with a special collection by Dave White.

We are thrilled to be showcasing A Beautiful Day, the latest body of work comprised of 17 original canvases. Witnessing a step in a new direction, colour has been introduced to emulate the hues of the day, drawn through to dusk and captures a signal, fleeting moment in time.

Come with us and explore the collection along with an exclusive interview that delves into the heart of what makes this series his best yet.

1
"Their fragility and beauty came with their tiny size. So the paintings got smaller and smaller. With this decrease, I have had to rewrite everything."
Dave White
Interview

To have Dave in the gallery to sit down with us is a total privilege. So without further ado, let us get into it...

Hang-Up Gallery: Could you tell us a bit more about the coloured background across this series? What was your thought process behind them?

Dave White: Coloured backgrounds are something that featured in my work 20 years ago. However, the use of colour on this series is all based upon the incredible light that envelops and surrounds us at different times of the day. Light is incredibly evocative and can instantaneously change our moods and overwhelm us with joy. A beautiful sunrise or the warmth of the sun as the day ends and everything in between is the intent.

1

HU: Do you draw from a real-life model, image reference, or just imagination?

DW: As much as I can I go and make many visits to my subjects, it starts with watching, then sketching then I surround myself with imagery as the research develops. Once the works start they have their own organic life as they come to existence.

Life is Beyond Measure
Originals
Dave White
Life is Beyond Measure
POA | £5,000 – £10,000
The Warmth of Life
Originals
Dave White
The Warmth of Life
POA | £5,000 – £10,000

HU: This series is full of sentiment and feeling - Can you take us through the journey?

DW: The world is in a turbulent time at the moment. The war in Ukraine, the cost of living crisis and people’s worries and concerns can be felt globally. I wanted to produce a series of works that countered this malcontent and pain. When you have a moment of contact and intimacy with any animal or bird it is a timeless, priceless moment no matter what is going on in the world or your life. It is forgotten and the present beauty and love can be felt as a bond stronger than worry or suffering. A reminder of how beautiful life is.

1
Detail of 'From Dusk Till Dawn'

HU: You are known for your dominant, large-scale depictions of wildlife - Has anything been revealed to you when working on a much more delicate size?

DW: Many subjects I have depicted have been larger than life. However, the works started off large and didn’t feel right. Their fragility and beauty came with their tiny size. So the paintings got smaller and smaller. With this decrease, I have had to rewrite everything. From the size of brushes to the consistency of paint, some things have left and new things have arrived in order to realise them. Upon close inspection, they have the same dynamism and expression just on a miniature scale. That’s been the learning curve and one I have relished pushing.

2
2
Simon Kallas

HU: You have had an illustrious career so far and the future is where we direct ourselves, however, looking back through the years, do you have significate points in time where you still draw inspiration from?

DW: I don’t think I draw from significant points in time, but I can see there are specific subjects I return to. As mentioned it can be something I witness that just has to be depicted, a look in an eye, an embrace or the sheer power and force of something that overwhelms. Or just an absolute love of the creatures I am exploring, the crux is I have to be utterly moved by what I have witnessed.

There is Always a Silver Lining

2023

Oil on canvas

Original

Signed by the artist

41 x 46cm

View artwork

 

HU: Collaboration often sparks creativity and produces incredible results. If you had the opportunity to collaborate with any artist, living or deceased, who would it be and why?

DW: A lot of the artists I admire are the polar opposite of how I work and my practice, Rubens and Rembrandt are two of my all-time favourite painters. However, I would be much more interested in Collaborating with a musical Artist to produce something unique, alive and exciting. I have a massive love of Max Richter and could totally envisage something special occurring between his music and my visuals. That would be a dream project for me.

Love Life | Oil on canvas

HU: Do you have a spirit animal?

DW: I do, it’s a Stag.

HU: What question have you never been asked in an interview but wish you had?

DW: What is your ultimate goal for your work?

View artwork

HU: Can you answer your answer above?

DW: To produce a monumental show of life-size paintings of the magnificent subjects I explore.

HU: And finally, what do you want people to take away from this show?

DW: I just want people to smile and enjoy and have a moment with them.

Thank you Dave for taking the time to give us and our readers an invaluable insight into this incredible body of work.

Hang-Up Gallery is open Monday to Friday 12-6 pm so please come and see us and experience the collection.
If you cannot make it, don't worry

Discover the full collection here

1
Simon Kallas

Hang-Up Curates Vol. VII | Presenting A Beautiful Day by Dave White
Exhibition
Hang-Up Curates Vol. VII | Presenting A Beautiful Day by Dave White
Alma Berrow Bridget Riley Damien Hirst Dave White David Shrigley Mark Powell Nancy Fouts Patrick Hughes The Connor Brothers Tim Fishlock Wole Lagunju Raymond Pettibon
10 Jul 2023 – 8 Sep 2023
Be in the know

Subscribe now to the artist's mailing list and enjoy first access to new artworks and special offers.

JOIN HERE