David Ireland (artist)
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David Kenneth Ireland, Jr.
August 25, 1930
|Died||May 17, 2009 (aged 78)|
San Francisco, California
|Education||Western Washington University, |
BFA from California College of Arts and Crafts,
MFA from San Francisco Art Institute,
|Known for||sculpture, installation|
|Awards||N.E.A. Artist Fellowship grant, |
Adaline Kent Award,
The Engelhard Award,
American Academy of Art, Rome
Born in Bellingham, Washington. He studied Printmaking and Industrial Arts at California College of Arts and Crafts, graduating in 1953 with his BFA. After college he attended US Army service. After leaving the Army Ireland traveled Europe extensively, working as an illustrator, and eventually traveled to Africa to lead safaris.
It was not until his 40s that Ireland decided to dedicate himself to work as a full-time artist. He returned to the United States and returned to school, this time at the San Francisco Art Institute. Upon graduating from the San Francisco Art Institute in 1974, Ireland spent a year working in New York, before returning to settle in San Francisco.
In 1975, Ireland purchased a victorian house built in 1886 from Paul John Greub, an accordion maker, for $50,000. The house is located at 500 Capp Street (20th Street and Capp Street) in the Mission District of San Francisco.
Ireland is most well known for creating site-specific installation art pieces; most notably, his former residence at 500 Capp Street in San Francisco, where his work is also shown at Gallery Paule Anglim. Moving between two and three dimensions within the same sculptures, Ireland explores concepts of scale and vision. Known for his wide range of materials, works are made from paint cans, phone books, metal, cement, wood and, even the skull of a water buffalo.
To accompany Ireland's first solo exhibition in London, Ridinghouse published David Ireland: Sculptures, Paintings, Drawings. This catalogue features a selection of Ireland’s works from over four decades. An introduction to the work of this artist, this publication also includes an essay by Kenneth Baker, art critic of the San Francisco Chronicle.
One of his most prominent works Angel-Go-Round (1996) is in the permanent collection of di Rosa, Napa.
In early 2016, the San Francisco Art Institute organized an exhibition of Ireland's work, in conjunction with the public opening of 500 Capp Street.
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- Riess, Suzanne B. (2001-01-01). "David Ireland, Inside 500 Capp Street: An Oral History of David Ireland's House" (PDF). Regional Oral History Office, The Bancroft Library. The Regents of the University of California. Retrieved 2015-01-15.
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- David Ireland: Sculptures, Paintings, Drawings
- Headlands Center for the Arts
- Capp Street Project artist residency, at CCA's Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts
- Video Tour of David Ireland's 500 Capp St. project, from the UC Berkeley Bancroft Archives.
- David Ireland at Gallery Paule Anglim
- Oral History of 500 Capp St., from UC Berkeley's Bancroft Archives.
- KQED Arts Spark Profile
- The Way Things Are: The Art of David Ireland Artist monograph, published by UC Berkeley Press
- The Way Things Are: The Art of David Ireland Exhibition page from the Oakland Museum of California, summarizing the 2004 retrospective exhibition of Ireland's work.
- Selected works by David Ireland in the collection of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.
- Interview with David Ireland by Terri Cohn
- 500 Capp Street Foundation
Book by Betty Klausner: "Touching Time and Space - a Portrait of David Ireland" 2003, www.chartartbooks.it