'Near the Site', David Fulford

Series of 60 small painted scenes hung together

2010, Oil on boards, 238 x 172.5 cm

Artist's statement

One aspect of my painting over the past three years has involved an exploration of the portrait. In recent work I have been drawn to elements of biography and the images that surround an individual. By interpreting and reconstructing imagery from the past, I create oblique narratives that concern a desire for a sense of connectivity.

Utilising archive film footage made by my uncle before he passed away in 2006, Near the Site evokes a personal and nostalgic climate. Movement and sequences can be read, interrupted by dislocated still images that flash up recollections or associations,
blurring definitions of time. A scene that was once visited - a building site, a playground, a garden pond - can be repeated and re-imagined from an alternate perspective. I like to play on the confusion between personal experience and collective memory as the streaming of thoughts and the act of painting muddle the distinction between documentary and fiction.


David Fulford was born in Exeter in 1985. He studied in London at Camberwell College of Arts 2005-07 and the Royal College of Art 2007-09 (awarded The Parallel Prize at the 'Summer Show'). Group exhibitions include 'BP Portrait Award 2006' National Portrait Gallery London (leading to 'Portraits of Nairobi'
project 2006), 'Free Range' G3 Gallery The Old Truman Brewery London 2007, 'Drawn, Hung and Quartered' Royal College of Art 2008, 'Man Group Drawing Prize' Royal College of Art 2008,
'Visions of Morocco - Paramnesia Exotic' Hockney Gallery Royal College of Art 2009 and 'RCA Show II' Royal College of
Art 2009.