David Lock 

David Lock’s paintings utilise a collagist approach. In the process of creating his ‘Misfit’ paintings, he makes collages culled from advertisements and imagery from mainstream magazines. In their making, the collages and subsequent paintings have a performative quality. In this regard, he is seeking to undermine the original source material, disrupting its meaning in order to create a new experimental man, akin to Frankenstein’s monster.

Lock is investigating how to create a multitude of subject positions, upon which signifiers are free to float, shifting identification from one fragment to another. His paintings resist a single reading or viewpoint, instead any reading of the portrait is unmoored, fluid and contingent. A sense of vulnerability is reinforced by the paintings being composed from collaged elements.

Lock’s motivations for the use of the male, exposes an underlying uncertainty about the male’s status in contemporary culture and the role he should fulfill within it.

David Lock lives and works in London. He graduated from Goldsmiths, London with an MA in Fine Art in 2001, following a first class BA (Hons) in Fine Art from The University of Reading in 1999. Upon graduation he joined Candoco Dance Company as a dancer for several years, before returning to his fine art practice in 2005. He has exhibited his work both nationally and internationally.

Lock was a prizewinner in the ‘Creekside Open’ 2019, selected by Sacha Craddock at APT Gallery, London.

In 2018, Lock had a solo show ‘Fragmented Eros’ at studio 1.1, London where he presented a new body of work.

His painting ‘El Muniria’ was selected for the ‘John Moores Painting Prize, 2018’, after which the Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool acquired the painting for its permanent collection.

Commissions include designing a geometric stage set in ‘Set and Reset/Reset’ for Candoco’s 20th anniversary season ‘Turning 20’, in association with Trisha Brown Dance Company.

Lock is a recipient of the prestigious Abbey award at the British School at Rome between October 2011-June 2012.He is currently working on a commission for Hospital Rooms for 2020.



Beth Rudin DeWoody

John Jones, London

Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool



Born 1970 in London



00-01   MA Fine Art                Goldsmiths’ College, London

99-00   PG (Dip) Fine Art      Goldsmiths’ College, London

95-99   BA (Hons) Fine Art   University of Reading, Reading

94-95   Art Foundation          De-Montfort University, Leicester

Solo Exhibitions

2018 ‘Fragmented Eros’, studio.1.1, London

2008 ‘John Jones Work on Paper Prize’, Zoo Art Fair, London

2007 ‘Misfits & Maladies’, FRED London/Leipzig

Selected Group Exhibitions


‘Miniatures and Masterstrokes’, Rye Art Gallery

‘Summer Exhibition’, Royal Academy, London (forthcoming)

‘EXH 02’, Floorr Magazine, online exhibition

‘between parts undone’ – Paintings by David Lock, Gavin Maughfling & J. A Nicholls, studio1.1, London


‘Painters Posting Paintings’, curated by Joseph O’Rourke, Edinburgh College of Art, travelled to Cass Art, Manchester and Brockley Gardens, London

‘Creekside Open’ 2019, curated by Sacha Craddock, APT Gallery, London (Prizewinner)

‘Telescope’, curated by Nigel Cooke, Jerwood Gallery, Hastings

‘A Little Painting Show’, curated by Josephine Jenkins, OA Studios, Salford and travelled to Dead Pigeon Gallery in the office of Dan Carden MP, Liverpool


‘Rules of Freedom’, curated by Rosalind Davis, Collyer Bristow Gallery, London

‘John Moores Painting Prize’ 2018, Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool

‘Creative Rage’, curated by Duovision Arts, Stoke Potteries Museum and Art Gallery, Staffordshire

‘The Performativity of Painting’, curated by Alex Roberts, Stephen Lawrence Gallery, Greenwich


‘Crimes of Passion: Joe Orton’. The National Justice Museum, Nottingham

‘What the Artist Saw: New Art Inspired by the Life and Work of Joe Orton’, curated by Michael Petry and Dr Emma Parker, MOCA, London, and travelled to New Walk Museum and Art Gallery, Leicester

‘Adam Reynolds Bursary, Shortlist Exhibition’, Artlink, Hull

‘Three100’, No Format, London

‘Painting: Experiment’, China Academy of Art, Hangzhou, China


‘The Discerning Eye’, invited by Dan Coombs, and Sacha Craddock, Mall Galleries, London

’30 x 30 x 32′, Contemporary British Painting show, St Marylebone Crypt, London


‘Art of the Lived Experiment’, Curated by Amanda Cachia and Aaron Williamson, Grand Rapids Art Museum (GRAM), Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts (UICA), and Kendall College of Art and Design (KCAD), Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA


‘DadaFest: Art of the Lived Experiment’, curated by Aaron Williamson, The Bluecoat Gallery, Liverpool

‘Threadneedle Prize’, guest curated by Sacha Craddock, Mall Galleries, London

‘Arcus Pride Exhibition’, curated by Michael Petry, Clifford Chance, London

‘Adam Reynolds Bursary, Shortlist Exhibition’, Shape Gallery, London


‘Together’, curated by Enzo Marra, Occupy My Time Gallery, London

‘Masquerade – Be Another’, curated by Eléonore Gros and Alicia Paz, Stephen Lawrence Gallery, London

‘Unknown Sitter’, curated by Covadonga Valdes, Lion & Lamb Gallery, London

‘A House of Many Windows’, curated by Gluckman & Day, Collyer Bristow Gallery, London

‘Six Degrees Of Separation’, curated by Juan Bolivar, Wimbledon Space, London


‘Ex Roma III’, APT Gallery, London

‘Wher’ You Live Now’, The British School at Rome, Italy

‘I Don’t Know How A Rock Feels’, The British School at Rome, Italy


‘Seven Things to Do In An Emergency’, The British School at Rome, Italy


‘Misfits’, DS Contemporary, Belgium


‘Import/Export’, Fred Leipzig,


‘Mark Fairnington, Mathew Usmar Lauder, David Lock and Kate Davis’, Binz & Kramer Gallery, Cologne

‘The Juddykes’, curated by Ben Judd and Howard Dyke, John Jones Project Space, London


‘Metropolis Rise: New Art from London’, Curated by Anthony Gross and Jen Wu

Dashanzi 798 Art District, Beijing and travelling to CDQ Design Centre, Shanghai, China


‘Uneven Surfaces: Painting Now’, TemporaryContemporary, London

‘Mesmer: Scrutiny, Seduction and slight of hand’, Temporary Contemporary, London

Awards and Residencies

2019                    ‘Prizewinner’, Creekside Open, 2019

2011                    ‘Abbey Scholarship in Painting’, The British School at Rome

2006                    ‘John Jones Work on Paper Prize’, Zoo Art Fair, London


David Lock, Floorr Magazine, Issue 17, 2018

‘Relative Values’, David Lock interview with Gemma de Cruz. ‘Art & Music Magazine, 2017

Always There, Sacha Craddock, The Threadneedle Prize Curated Space, 2014

David Lock: Misfits & Maladies, Daisy Boyd, Amelias Magazine, July 2007

Catalogues and Publications            

John Moores Painting Prize 2018, The Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool, 2018

The Performativity of Painting, The Stephen Lawrence Gallery, Greenwich, 2018

What the Artist Saw: Art Inspired by the Life and Work of Joe Orton, MOCA, London, 2017

Art of the Lived Experiment, GRAM, UICA & KCAD, Grand Rapids, Michigan, 2015

Art of the Lived Experiment, The Bluecoat, Liverpool, 2014

The Threadneedle Prize, The Mall Galleries, 2014

Fine Arts 2011-12, The British School at Rome, 2012

Collage: Assembling Contemporary Art. Blanche Craig, Black Dog Publishing, 2008

Metropolis Rise: New Art from London. Anthony Gross & Jen Wu, 2008


“Alex climbing “

Oil on canvas


61h x 46w cm


“Misfits “

Oil on linen


158h x 110w cm

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Misfits / Domestic arrangements

Oil and acrylic on linen

110 x 160h cm

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Misfits / Retreat 

Oil on linen

110 x 160h cm