David Haines’ work exists at the intersection between the traditional and contemporary (technical) image. Working with a variety of media—from painting and drawing through to music and moving image—the work addresses ideas around what it means to make and look at images in our digitally-drenched society. Haines works from out of the premise that technique is a language, that the image is both an anthropological and sociological object and that the experience of looking (at art) is essentially spatial, formed out of a symbiotic relationship between material and image.
David Haines has exhibited extensively over the past fifteen years. His work has been exhibited widely, including at The British Museum, The National Museum of Contemporary Art (Athens), the Museum of Modern Art (Oxford UK), the Drawing Room (London), Museum für Neue Kunst (Freiburg, DE), Tallinn Kunsthal (Estonia), Centraal Museum (Utrecht, NL), Turner Contemporary Margate (UK), Teyler’s Museum (Haarlem, NL), De Appel Amsterdam, Fruitmarket Gallery (Edinburgh), Bluecoat Liverpool, Stedelijk Museum (Amsterdam), Kunsthal (Rotterdam) and the 11th Istanbul Biennial.
His moving image work has been included in the IDFA, Eye Film Museum Amsterdam, Rooftop Films New York, Impakt Utrecht, Tyneside Cinema UK, Kassel Dokfest DE and on Dutch television (VPRO) . His work is featured in the publications ‘Vitamin D2’ (David Trigg, Phaidon Publishers) and ‘Drawing People’ (Roger Malbert, Thames & Hudson Publishers). He was awarded the Jeanne Oosting Prize in the Hague in 2012, the Irinox Drawing Prize at Artissima, Turin, in 2017 and was an award winner in the Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize in London in 2021.
David is represented by Upstream Gallery, Amsterdam.