ECA Degree Show: 2010

David Cass graduated from Edinburgh College of Art in Scotland with first class honours in June 2010. His degree show installation showcased his very first five found-object based paintings, alongside two sculptural wall-pieces.

Edinburgh College of Art, Edinburgh

When The Moon Hits Your Eye: 2011

Funded by the Royal Scottish Academy and Arts Trust Scotland, When The Moon Hits Your Eye was a group show of nine Royal Scottish Academy John Kinross Scholars, in Shoreditch Town Hall, London. Cass' installation included film, photography, and small-scale paintings arranged under spotlight in the building's cellar.

Shoreditch Town Hall, London

Edinburgh Art Festival Solar Pavilion: 2011

The Solar Pavilion was artist Karen Forbe's vision. This unique structure was built in Edinburgh's St. Andrew's square. Film screenings took place throughout the Edinburgh Festival, including a pair of films David Cass created in collaboration with artist Joseph Calleja entitled Out of Site. More information available on request.

St Andrew's Square, Edinburgh

Right Place, Time Left: 2011

A collaborative exhibition. David Cass & Charlotte Nieuwenhuys both attended the Edinburgh College of Art, one year apart. They began work together whilst living in Brussels in 2010 / 2011. Right Place, Time Left was an immersive exhibition in VDK loft space in central Brussels.

VDK, Brussels



Years of Dust & Dry: 2013

"Years of Dust & Dry, an exhibition which demonstrates a maturing artistic vision, and further establishes Cass' reputation."

This show sees an expansion and development of his ideas, a journey where Cass pushes the boundaries of painting on found objects and broadens his subject matter to encompass new areas, real and imagined. Watch a preview of the exhibition by DBonnarFilms.

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The Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh

Quest'Arno! Quest'Arno! 2015

Paintings, drawings, overpaintings & film. Artworks that imagine & exaggerate scenes of inundation and destruction: the great Florence flood of November 1966. Inspired by photographic documentation - from press, postcards, residents' photographs - and from imagination, Cass painted scenes with antique paints, on antique papers, card & wood.

A touring exhibition created in collaboration with artist Stephen Kavanagh. The artists drove the works to Italy from Stephen's studio in Fife, Scotland.

Studio Arts College International, Florence


Tonight Rain, Tomorrow Mud: 2015

Work for this exhibition started in August 2013: Cass re-visited Tuscany, and spent time in Lucca - spending days on the streets, drawing, in a new style, using only pen and paper, with little paint, drawn to architectural features, combining a new-found desire to draw city-scenes with his attraction to the image of water. Cass has worked on and off in Florence since graduating in 2010.

Many of the flood related artworks that made up this show were literal depictions, however, taken as a whole, these pieces imagine and exaggerate - particularly in the case of his Overpaintings.

The Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh

Surface: 2016

Created using non-traditional methods and painted on unconventional surfaces, these repetitive, layered artworks [are] unified by their exclusive depiction of water. From heavily layered oil paintings created outdoors over several years, to miniature gouache artworks painted on matchboxes or coffee grinder drawers.

These [are] artworks made from ordinary objects that speak of function and familiarity: tabletops, drawer bases, trunk lids, roadsigns, books & papers. Aged items and objects that describe a lifetime of use in their worn grains – a kind of repetition that is mirrored in the marks of each piece and the obsessive documentation of a singular subject.

Gayfield Creative, Edinburgh

Pelàda: 2017

These works — isolated details of Venice — at once celebrate the crumbling charm of Venice, whilst simultaneously raising concerns over its future, and the damage caused by the rising level of both the Adriatic and mass tourism. Read more on the dedicated webpage.

This was Cass' fourth solo exhibition with The Scottish Gallery, and opened the gallery's 175th anniversary year by referencing the rich history of Scottish artists who have chosen Venice as their muse.

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The Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh

Connections: 2017

As a celebration of Tatha Gallery's third anniversary, they curated 'an engaging mix of established and emerging artists, showcasing the best in Painting and Sculpture. They all, in their own way help us see and make a deeper connection with the world we live in, both internally and externally.'

The show featured eleven of David's sea paintings, two of which are his largest to date (The Weight of Water I & II). The idea was to show examples from each of Cass' stylistic phases: early gouache and wood works; works on obscure surfaces; and fully-covered oils on reclaimed furniture.

Tatha Gallery, Fife

David Cass conjoins the randomness of the snapshot with the picturesque allure of paint and paper textures, the blankness of surface with the evocativeness of names and numbers, and the stillness of nature morte with the promise of a Venice that might again become vibrant.
— Patricia Emison on Pelàda
David Cass uses found wood to make beautiful constructions, but even more strikingly to cut and paint surfaces as though for woodblock printing.
— The Scotsman on Degree Show
[His] is a deceptively simple style, a little like Lowry at times, but with superior technique and less depressing subjects. These are the kind of works which will continue to offer something to the viewer on repeated viewings...
— Claudia Massie for The Spectator on Unearthed
His images are fleeting glimpses, snapshots of memory, moments of reflection which ask the viewer to pause, appealing to our interior, our own deep memories, if only for a moment. His seascapes and city scenes speak of loss and decay as well as beauty and the artist’s observations are a journey into his past as well as the history of the surfaces he paints on; images of eloquence which can resonate with our own sensual histories. His distinctive tonality, assured mark making and clarity of aesthetic vision identify him as one of the finest and most exciting artists to emerge from Scotland in recent years.
— Tommy Tyw on Years of Dust and Dry
David Cass’ exhibition ‘Tonight Rain, Tomorrow Mud’ made a significant contribution to our contemporary line-up in 2015. The body of work was inspired by the devastating floods which swept Florence in 1966. His paintings and drawings on antique objects manage to successfully navigate historical reference with an approach which is direct, meaningful and contemporary. ‘Tonight Rain, Tomorrow Mud’ was an exhibition which informed and inspired in equal measure, as well as a commercial success. Cass is a professional artist and I would heartily recommend him to any institution or gallery.
— Tommy Zyw on Tonight Rain, Tomorrow Mud