Artwork by celebrated ceramicist to go on show

9 August

An exhibition of new work created by celebrated ceramicist David Cohen will go on show on Saturday 11 August at Aberdeen Art Gallery, Schoolhill.

GONE BANANAS: NEW WORK BY DAVID COHEN marks David's 80th birthday and explains his philosophy as well as demonstrating his continuing creativity. In this exhibition he takes the basic shape of a banana as his starting point and invites the audience to view it in abstract terms.

Cohen was born [12 September 1932] in Milwaukee, USA, and moved to Scotland in 1958. He trained at Edinburgh College of Art and went on to lecture there from 1965 to 1986. He then became head of ceramics at Glasgow School of Art, retiring in 1991.

Throughout his long career as a teacher David developed his own work, experimenting with the Raku firing process which uses both fire and smoke to create unique patterns and designs. His prolific output continues; all the work in this exhibition was created in the past year.

Alison Fraser, lead curator [Collections Access] said: "We are delighted to host this exhibition by ceramic artist David Cohen, who will celebrate his 80th birthday in September. David takes the shape of a banana as his starting point, viewing it in abstract terms. I am sure visitors will find the resulting compositions dramatic and engaging."

The exhibition runs until Saturday 13 October 2012.