David Hollington


"Over the past few years I have been aware that I have wanted to reconnect with my Celtic heritage, being mostly Scottish and Irish in decent.   I felt this most keenly two years ago on returning to the Highlands and Islands I had known as a child.  The places that have remained emblazoned in my mind as magical and awe inspiring.

"I had started to take the Hindu gods that I employ in my painting narrative to suggest the lexicon of human emotions, and to place them in settings not usually connected with the standard Iconography.  This created a strange tension in the images, not just because my colour palette favours the Scottish Colourists and the subject matter is Hindu devotional, but also the association and context is fractured and can free float in a different mind space.

"I have transported the gods and devotees in a playful way so they can explore and interact with a new dimension of mysticism.  For this part I have created the figure of Saint Kilda who never actually was a living Catholic saint.  I wanted to personify the spirit of the islands as a welcoming figure for the gods.  The island of Saint Kilda lies 40 miles out in the Atlantic, the furthest of all the British coastal islands, the hardest to get to and the most mysterious.  I have never been to it, but like its Irish counterpart skellig Michael, it burns in my imagination.  I also wanted to introduce the Selchie  myths into the narrative drive.  These are ancient Scottish folk tales of seals taking human form and marrying fishermen or townspeople.  These stories are wonderfully collected and retold by David Thomson in his book The People Of The Sea.  This has been a major influence along with my deep and continuing love of the lives and deeds of the Hindu gods, especially the Krishna Bhaktu and the poet Mirabia.

"The combination of the intimate and the grandiose, of animals, gods and the wild open sea are the elements that have collided to create a new visual vocabulary in my painting."

David studied at Harrow School of Art and at Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design, London.

See David's 2011 Rowley Gallery Christmas card here.

Solo Exhibitions

2014
Fierce Symmetry / Dear Zeus, Lauderdale House, Highgate
2013
Stay For The Rain, Penny Fielding Gallery, Walthamstow
Apocalypse Of Love, Lauderdale House, Highgate
2010
Saint Kilda, Saint Krishna, Lauderdale House, Highgate
2009
Animal Messengers, Lauderdale House, Highgate
2008, 2007
Gallery 39, London

Group Exhibitions

2009
Christmas Show, Rebecca Hossack Gallery, London
2007
Kaupthing Singer & Friedlander Award, Mall Galleries, London

  • All The Lovers by David Hollington
  • An Ascension by David Hollington
  • Autumn Song (Rowley Song Cycle) by David Hollington
  • Blessing Birds by David Hollington
  • Breakfast by David Hollington
  • Constance by David Hollington
  • Covenant by David Hollington
  • Deck by David Hollington
  • Deepa by David Hollington
  • Dream Portrait by David Hollington
  • Drink This by David Hollington
  • Elixir by David Hollington
  • Family by David Hollington
  • First Vehicle Of Spring by David Hollington
  • Friendship by David Hollington
  • Gift by David Hollington
  • Glancing Blow by David Hollington
  • Gloria! by David Hollington
  • Healing Place by David Hollington
  • Hemlock's Daughter by David Hollington
  • Highland Air (Rowley Song Cycle) by David Hollington
  • Holy Family by David Hollington
  • Jig Of Life (Rowley Song Cycle) by David Hollington
  • Juno by David Hollington
  • Krishna Comet by David Hollington
  • Labour Of Love by David Hollington
  • Lament / New Day by David Hollington
  • Lullaby (Rowley Song Cycle) by David Hollington
  • Mahabindu by David Hollington
  • Map Of Devotion #1 by David Hollington
  • Medea by David Hollington
  • Miniatures Series: Fox by David Hollington
  • Miniatures Series: Hare by David Hollington
  • Miniatures Series: Owl by David Hollington
  • Miniatures Series: Saint by David Hollington
  • Miniatures Series: Saint by David Hollington
  • Miniatures Series: Saint by David Hollington
  • Miniatures Series: Saint by David Hollington
  • Mira Diptych by David Hollington
  • Mira's Lord Is Half Lion And Half Man by David Hollington
  • Morning Duties by David Hollington
  • Mother & Child by David Hollington
  • Nadanta by David Hollington
  • Naming Day by David Hollington
  • Nativity by David Hollington
  • New Day by David Hollington
  • Nocturne by David Hollington
  • Old Bouchart's Song (Rowley Song Cycle) by David Hollington
  • Pipe & Drum (Rowley Song Cycle) by David Hollington
  • Precious Cargo by David Hollington
  • Puja / Comet by David Hollington
  • Remember Me by David Hollington
  • Rest & Repair by David Hollington
  • Return To Me by David Hollington
  • Risk by David Hollington
  • Rudi by David Hollington
  • Seated Ganesha by David Hollington
  • Selkie Mother by David Hollington
  • Sentinel by David Hollington
  • Shanty (Rowley Song Cycle) by David Hollington
  • Solace by David Hollington
  • Solstice by David Hollington
  • Sphinx by David Hollington
  • Strange Geometry by David Hollington
  • Succour by David Hollington
  • Summer's Sweetness by David Hollington
  • The Blasting Glass by David Hollington
  • The Magnet by David Hollington
  • The Stag Of The Stubble by David Hollington
  • The Sun & The Moon (Rowley Song Cycle) by David Hollington
  • Tiodhlac / Gift by David Hollington
  • Tonn Oran by David Hollington
  • Treasure by David Hollington
  • Trinity by David Hollington
  • Trust by David Hollington
  • Tryst by David Hollington
  • Victory by David Hollington
  • Winter's Herald by David Hollington
  • Your Place by David Hollington