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My work is influenced by man’s reaction and adaptation to the society in which he lives.  We live in a world that grows more complex and difficult to comprehend, with its tensions and temptations that pulls us in different directions.  These conflicts provide ideas from which I create characters and situations and provide me with a constant source of material for my work.  I devise surreal settings showing how we try to cope with the very limited and purely imagined space that we have created for ourselves.

My main medium is glass and over several years I have developed my own lost wax casting technique.

 

David Reekie was born in Hackney, London in May 1947 and studied Glass and Ceramics at Stourbridge College of Art 1967-70. In 1975-1985 he was awarded a Fellowship in Glass by Lincolnshire and Humberside Arts. In 1976 he was one of the founder members of British Artists in Glass.  From 1976-86 he lectured in glass at North Staffordshire Polytechnic. He moved to Norwich in 1986 where he set up his own studio. In 1988 he was awarded a Winston Churchill Fellowship to study Alternative Architectural Glass in U.S.A.

 

From 1994-97 he was appointed an International Council Member to Pilchuck Glass.  In 1998 he was short listed for the Jerwood Prize for Glass and his work was selected for exhibition at the G8 Summit in Birmingham. In 2002 he was appointed a member of the Advisory Council for North  Lands Creative Glass, Scotland. In 2004 David was invited to attend a reception given at Buckingham Palace to celebrate British Design.

He was invited to lecture at Collect, V&A Museum, London in 2005. In 2006 his work was

short listed for Coburg Glass Prize, Germany. In 2007 he was invited to speak at CGS

Conference ‘Looking into Glass’ and in 2008 he was a speaker at the Creative Pathways Symposium at the University of Wolverhampton UK.
In 2009 David did a Residency at South Australia School of Art, in Adelaide and also lectured at the University of SA .

Portsmouth Museum & Art Gallery

Broadfield House Glass Museum

Usher Art Gallery, Lincoln

Pilkington Glass Museum, St Helens

Norwich Castle Museum, Contemporary Glass Collection

Glasmuseum Ebletoft, Denmark

Crafts Council Collection, London

Victoria & Albert Museum, Contemporary Glass Collection, London

Manchester City Art Galleries

Musee-Atelier du Verre de Sars Poteries, France

 

The Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, USA

Liberty Museum, Philadelphia, USA

Tutsek Foundation, Munich, Germany

Shipley Art Gallery

Glass Art Fund, Strasbourg, France

National Museum of Scotland

Cincinnati Art Museum, Ohio, USA

Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge

Montreal Museum of Fine Arts

2005           

Collect 2005, Crafts Council, V&A Museum, London

21st Century British Glass, Daniel Katz Gallery, London

Palm Beach Contemporary, USA. Thomas R Riley Galleries

The Art of Craft, Medici Gallery, London

DUAL VISION, The Simona and Jerome Chazen Collection,

Museum of Arts & Design, New York

SOFA New York, Thomas R Riley Galleries

Glass Collectors Weekend, Wheaton Village, New Jersey

Verriales 2005. Galerie Internationale du Verre, Biot, France

Talking to Strangers, One man show at Thomas R Riley galleries, Ohio USA

SOFA Chicago, USA, Thomas R Riley Galleries

The Human Condition, The Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh

2006

Palm Beach 3, West Palm Beach, Florida, USA,

Thomas R Riley Galleries

Coburg Glass Prize for Contemporary Glass in Europe, Kunst Sammlungen der Veste Coburg, Germany.

V&A Museum Showcase, Crafts Council, London

Verriales 2006, Galerie Internationale du Verre, Biot, France

2007

Collect, V&A Museum London, Scottish Gallery.

Palm Beach 3, West Palm Beach, Florida, USA, Thomas R Riley Galleries

Glass Weekend 07, Wheaton Village, New Jersey, USA

Verriales 2007, Galerie Internationale du Verre, Biot, France

SOFA Chicago, USA, Thomas R Riley Galleries

2008

Palm Beach 3, West Palm Beach, Florida, USA

Collect, V&A Museum, London, Scottish Gallery

Exchange of Information, One Man show, Dan Klein Associates, London

Myths & Legends, Contemporary Applied Arts, London

Glass Routes, Bilston, Wolverhampton

SOFA Chicago, USA, Thomas R Riley Galleries
Pan Amsterdam , Etienne Gallery

Goya’s Les Caprices, Palais des Beaux Arts, Lille, France

Verriales 2008, Galerie Internationale du Verre, Biot, France

British Glass Biennale, Ruskin Glass Centre, Stourbridge

pAn Amsterdam, Etienne Gallery

Noir & Blanc, Musee du Verre, Sars Poteries, France

2009

Palm Beach 3, West Palm Beach, Florida, USA

Collect, Saatchi Gallery, London, Scottish Gallery
38th International Glass Invitational, Habatat Galleries, USA

SOFA Santa Fe, USA
Glass Weekend 08, Wheaton Village, New Jersey, USA
Clearly Drawn, Ruthin Craft Centre, Wales
Melting Point, Pyramid Gallery, York
SOFA Chicago, Thomas R Riley Galleries
pAn Amsterdam, Etienne Gallery

2010

Art Walk,  Hong Kong, Koru Gallery Contemporary Art