Celebrated artist to give free lunchtime talk

20 August 2012

Celebrated ceramicist David Cohen will give a free lunchtime talk, to coincide with his exhibition of new work, at 12.30pm on Wednesday 22 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.

David will explain the idea behind the exhibition and how he took the basic shape of a banana as his starting point; inviting the audience to view it in abstract terms.

Alison Fraser, lead curator [Collections Access] at Aberdeen Art Gallery, said: "I'm sure visitors will enjoy learning about the background to David's work and the complicated technical processes involved."

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.

The exhibition runs until Saturday 13 October 2012.