DAVID APPS was born in England, April 1964, and grew up on the streets of the Thames Estuary, Essex. By the time he had reached his teens, the British punk explosion and the Sex Pistols DIY artwork of Jamie Reid had captured his imagination and became a massive influence in his life. Subsequently, he took up photography and moved to Upton Park, the unfashionable part of London’s East End. Taking thousands of photographs David developed an eye for capturing anything and anyone intriguing that crossed his path.
To coincide with the 2012 Olympics, David was commissioned to create his first mural Butterflies, which still dominates the Stratford, East London skyline to this day.
David’s limited edition screen-prints are generated by re-working, re- colouring, and layering his original photographs, to transform them into striking and original examples of contemporary art. To further his artistic vision, David has recently been using antiqued mirror over his photographic images – which he places inside frames constructed from such diverse materials as plastic toys, Lego, and jigsaw puzzle pieces.
In a life dominated with subversion David’s work is an inspired clash of the dark, angelic, evocative, and kitsch. It’s very British and very ‘now’. Which is undoubtedly why he has staged twelve exhibitions in two years, including four solo shows, in such diverse cities as Newcastle, Cambridge and Berlin.
Inspired by the South East coast, David moved to Hove in April 2014, immediately making his art mark with a successful solo show on Brighton station.
David is a charismatic individual whose art demands your attention; his book East End, East London Photography is available worldwide on Amazon.
1972-3 Bideford School of Art - foundation year (A level in art & printmaking)
1973-5 South Devon Technical College - graphic design (diploma in graphic design)
1976-9 Bass player in Adverts
Gaye Black spent three years at art college, qualifying as a graphic designer before becoming bass player with the Adverts. She is now exhibiting regularly and curating the odd show. Her work references her past, and explores the contrast between attraction and horror, mainly through collage.