David Cass was born in Edinburgh and brought up in the Scottish Borders. He graduated with First Class Honours from Edinburgh College of Art in 2010, receiving the Royal Scottish Academy’s John Kinross Scholarship to Florence. The RSA now holds six of his artworks in their permanent collection. Cass is difficult to pigeon-hole as he works across such a wide variety of media: principally he creates three-dimensional paintings using exclusivelyfoundobjects sourced at flea-markets around Europe – though his practice also involves digital media and sculpture.

He’s had four solo exhibitions with The Gallery since 2011. At the age of 22, Cass constructed his inaugural show ‘Unearthed', which was followed by the more conceptual 'Years of Dust & Dry' in 2013. In 2015 Cass created an exhibition describing Florence’s Great Flood of 1966 ('Tonight Rain, Tomorrow Mud’) and most recently we presented the Venice-themed series ‘Pelàda’ (read Duncan Macmillan’s four star review here:https://www.scotsman.com/lifestyle/culture/art/visual-arts-review-david-cass-pelada-1-4344748).

With each new project, Cass’ exploration into environmental themes deepens. His next exhibition ‘Rising Horizon’ makes reference to sea rise, and is a direct step on from ‘Pelàda’, zooming out from close examinations of Venice and its rising lagoon, to describe the abstract notion of a rising horizon line.

David Cass will be the subject of a major new exhibition Rising Horizon in February 2019.

Click the following link to view and purchase publications about this artist:

Years of Dust and Dry: An Exhibition by David Cass (June 2013 Exhibition Catalogue)

  • Surface Fragment
    David Cass

    Surface Fragment

    oil on board
    H:35cm W:30cm
  • Erosion
    David Cass


    Waxed gouache on antique board
    H:66cm W:56cm
  • Crossing
    David Cass


    watercolour and gouache on card
  • Split II
    David Cass

    Split II

    (reworked 2018)
    oil on board
    H:35cm W:35cm
  • Distance II
    David Cass

    Distance II

    2015 - 2016
    oil on French roadsign
    H:45cm W:130cm
  • So Many Endings
    David Cass

    So Many Endings

    wooden offcuts within drawer
    H:29cm W:19cm D:11cm
  • David Cass - Artist in Residence
    David Cass

    David Cass - Artist in Residence