David Gerstein

Biography

David Gerstein’s beautifully intricate artworks are characterised by immense technical skill and versatility, complemented by a strong sense of irony and humour.

In his multi-layered works, the border between the two-dimensionality of painting and the three-dimensionality of sculpture becomes blurred, and this, combined with his vivid colours and playful use of motif has established him as a unique and memorable artistic voice on the world stage.

David views his works as neither pure painting nor pure sculpture, but as objects which reject the conventional boundaries of the framed image and colonise ‘a new living space’.  They take on a life of their own which is not constrained by the expectations of media or genre but inhabits a colourful hinterland between two and three dimensions. The materials he uses as he composes each piece have great weight and solidity, yet the light and space between layers and angles gives them what was described by critic Naomi Aviv as ‘an airy presence’. 

Born in Jerusalem in 1944 to parents who had emigrated from Poland to Israel, David grew up with a strong sense of his own individuality and rejected conventional rules and structures, striking out on his own to develop a distinctive contemporary style. Most frequently, the human figure in motion is the central theme of his sculptures and objects, although nature and the urban world also play a major role.

His first hugely successful series of freestanding sculptures was followed by original Wall Sculptures in which aluminium cut-outs are layered to form vibrant still lives, figures, urban landscapes and scenes from everyday life. In these fascinating works, a 3D sculpture emerges from 2D elements and, depending on the angle of view, it reveals different facets and characteristics to every viewer.

David trained at Art Schools in Jerusalem, Paris, New York and finally in London where he received his doctorate at St. Martin’s School of Art. Many of his monumental works are displayed in public spaces in cities across the world, while those on a smaller scale are held in museums and private collections. 

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