David Kemp studied Art at Farnham and Wimbledon Art Schools before moving to Cornwall in 1972. He has lived in West Cornwall for fifty years, inspired by the magnificent maritime and post industrial landscape.
Originally a painter, he soon found himself involved in the traditional local pastime of “bodging”, finding new uses for old machinery and making sculptures from farm and mining equipment discovered discarded in the granite landscape.
His work developed into a series of large exhibitions. “Relics and Reconstructions from the Late Iron Age”, the discoveries of a future archaeologist, in many public museums throughout Britain, including the Royal Cornwall Museum in Truro and the Albert Memorial Museum in Exeter as well as the Arts Council and other private and public collections.
His work is entertaining and imaginative but, characteristically, contains comment and criticism of the waste and pollution created by our consumer society.
David has churned out a Romantic theme, cows coming home for milking, golden cows flying through a super sunset. In our dreams?
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