David Kefford is an artist based in the east of England. He works across a range of media employing improvised and low-tech methods and processes to re-work cheap, second-hand objects and materials creating new surrealist drawings, films, sculptures and installations.
His work often combines both semi-figurative and functional elements often staged in an environment that feels domestic and suggestive of elusive emotional and psychological narratives.
For over a decade Kefford’s work has been extensively exhibited and commissioned throughout the UK and in North America and Europe within various contexts including artist run project spaces, Art Fairs, Commercial Galleries, Public Art Galleries and museums and the Public Realm. Solo and Group exhibitions include Craft, Kings Lynn Arts Centre, Norfolk (2011), The Balance of Being, National Touring to Margaret Harvey Gallery, Rugby Art Gallery & Museum and 20-21 Visual Arts Centre (2005); One Minute Volume 5 (screening) – De Anza Experiment Film Exhibition, Cupertino, California and Touring (2011) Party Animal, SUGAR, New York (2010), Performing Presence, The National Centre for Contemporary Art, St Petersburg (2010) SALE, The Royal Standard, Liverpool (2009); One Thing Against Another, Aspex, Portsmouth, 2008; ArtFutures 08, Bloomberg Space, London, 2008.
Kefford was shortlisted for a Public Art Commission with Futurecity and Berkely Homes (2011) and commissioned for Contemporary Art Society’s Annual Fundraiser, Material Worlds (2011). Public Gallery Residencies include ‘Installing Drawing’ (with Ansel Krut), Centre for Drawing, Wimbledon (2006) and ‘Take Over’, Pump House Gallery, London (2007). Kefford has been awarded four Grants for the Arts from Arts Council England, an Escalator Visual Arts Award (2005) and the Roy Noakes Bursary Prize, Royal British Society of Sculptors (2003). His work is held in a number of Public and Private collections.
David is co-Founder and Director of artist run project space, Aid & Abet
He is also a creative facilitator in educational environments, including primary & secondary schools, regularly lectures in further and higher educational institutions and gives public talks in museum and gallery contexts.