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David Godbold - Born in 1961
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For the past ten years or so David Godbold’s work has mainly concentrated on the critical examination of the production of visual imagery in high and low culture, alongside a semiotic, epistemological and personal investigation into culture and linear historicism.
The distinguished American art historian and philosopher David Carrier has recently written of Godbold’s work:

“Since Polke, Warhol and Lichtenstein, artists have been interested in how they can serve their own concerns by borrowing from mass art. Godbold’s drawings by contrast, mostly deal in intellectual culture. What is gained from popular culture is the idea that images and words can be profitably conjoined. Godbold’s art tends to be intellectually aggressive. Like a pupil who farts during the solemn graduation ceremony attended by well-dressed parents and visitors, he loves irreverence. And Like Baudelaire, whose Satanism captivates him, he is fascinated by, but also at the same time, disrespectful of Catholicism. As he has said: “Religion is a great (but explosive) vehicle for comedy!” Certainly religion makes a great subject for his art, which is to note that he responds to Catholicism in purely aesthetic terms. Very often he ‘comes off’ as a Catholic who has taken to reading Neitzsche.”

During a yearlong residency at the P.S.1. Institute for Contemporary Art in New York (1999-2000) Godbold began to make small drawings on tracing paper - styled somewhere between the work of the old masters and that of comic book ‘mass’ illustration - laid over found, humble and discarded materials. These have subsequently become central to his practice and are avidly collected. These quick, deft brush and ink drawings are complemented by typed texts that comment upon the business of the day-to-day living. It is often hard to find the definitive voice in Godbold’s works, one is never certain if it is the author speaking, the characters he creates or even an off-side narrator. Even if we can locate this successfully it is even harder to know when the expressed sentiments are genuine of deeply ironic. Alongside these small drawings Godbold makes large-scale programmatic wall drawing installations which are designed for particular geographic, political and architectural ‘landscapes’. All of Godbold’s practice, whilst frequently subversively funny, is simultaneously intended to be deadly serious.

Born in the U.K., and now living in Ireland, Godbold studied at Goldsmiths’ College, London (1981-4) and has completed a Ph.D. in fine art and visual culture at the National University of Ireland (2007). In 2005 Godbold was controversially selected to officially document the recent UK parliamentary elections in a series of drawings for the permanent collection of the House of Commons. After a protracted political struggle with the commissioning body, the work and a related publication was eventually released in November 2005. David Godbold’s work is represented by Kerlin Gallery, Dublin, and Galerie Bernd Klüser, Munich.
Award / Grants

Public and Private Collections
Gemeentemuseum Helmond, Netherlands. Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin Irish National Drawing Collection, Limerick City Gallery The Parliamentary Art Collection, UK Trinity College, Dublin City Bank, New York
Selected solo and group exhibitions
Art Statements, Hong Kong. Butler Gallery, Killkenny Castle, Ireland
Art, Drugs & Prayer. Kerlin Gallery, Dublin, Irland. The beginnings of modern warfare. Galerie Bernd Klüser, Munich, Germany. Representations of the natural world, Galerie Kusseneers, Antwerp, Germany. Lots of things like this, Apexart, New York, USA. 10,000 to 50. Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, Irland. Smoke, Battersea Arts Centre, London, UK.
The advance of unreason. Hales Gallery, London, UK. The unreliable narrator. Mitchell-Inness & Nash, New York, USA. All in an afternoon, Monash University Gallery, Melbourne, Australia. The Comic Uncanny, Brent Shaheen Modern and Contemporary, Cleveland, USA.
Everthing is nothing by itself. Pallazo Carlo V. Benevento, Italy. More darkness, Jack Hanley Gallery, San Francisco, USA. The last broadcast before nightfall. Galerie Klüser 2. Munich, Germany. Eretica, Galleria Civica d'Arte Moderna, Palermo, Italy. BeTEKEN II, Cultureel Centrum Hasselt, Belgium. Drawings & works on paper. Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, Irland.
The decline of organized religion and the rise, and rise of reality TV. Galerie Kusseneers, Antwerp, Belgium. Once it was a lie, Now it’s the truth… Kerlin Gallery, Dublin, Irland. Rewind, Nassauischer Kunstverien,Wiesbaden,Germany.
Reanimation, Kunstmuseum, Thun, Switzerland. A Time for Shaking. Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, Irland

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