David Mabb is a British artist who works with appropriated imagery to rethink the political implications of different aesthetic forms in modern art and design history. Recent work has focussed on the designs of 19th Century English interior designer, writer and socialist William Morris.
Mabb’s interest in Morris stems from the social and political connotations of Morris’ work, and the continued relevancy of Morris’ politics. His interpretations or reconfigurations of Morris’ designs consider the relationship between Morris’ own thinking and other forms of cultural production.
David Mabb’s work has been exhibited at the William Morris Gallery, London, 2015; Focal Point Gallery, Southend on Sea, 2014; Delaware Centre for the Contemporary Arts, Wilmington, 2010; The Bluecoat, Liverpool, 2009; Contemporary Art Centre, Vilnius, 2006; Art Gallery of Windsor, Ontario, 2003 and Oakville Galleries, Ontario, 2000. He curated Utopia Ltd. with Mary-Ruth Walsh, at Wexford Art Centre and the Highlanes Gallery in Drogheda, Ireland, 2011 and William Morris Ministering to the Swinish Luxury of the Rich at the Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester, 2004. He is Reader in Art and Programme Leader (studio practice) MFA Fine Art at Goldsmiths, University of London.