David Birkin

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David Birkin
Born David Tristan Birkin
1977 (age 39–40)
London, U.K.
Alma mater University of Oxford
University College London
Spouse(s) Eloise Fornieles
Parent(s) Andrew Birkin
Relatives Judy Campbell
Jane Birkin
Anno Birkin
Charlotte Gainsbourg
Lou Doillon

David Tristan Birkin (born 1977) is a British artist working in photography, performance, and sculpture.


Birkin comes from a family of artists that includes his father Andrew Birkin (writer and film director), his aunt Jane Birkin (singer and actress), his grandmother Judy Campbell, his cousins Charlotte Gainsbourg and Lou Doillon, and his late brother Anno Birkin (poet and musician).


Birkin grew up between London and New York City, eventually returning to the UK to study human sciences and anthropology at Oxford University (1996–1999). He worked as an actor in film and theatre, including productions for the Royal National Theatre, Peter Hall Company, and Brooklyn Academy of Music, and narrated the English translation of the 1953 film Les statues meurent aussi at the French Institute in London.

In 2009, Birkin began a postgraduate degree at the Slade School of Fine Art (University College London) with postgraduate funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Council. He received a bursary from the National Media Museum and was awarded the Sovereign Art Prize for his Diptych exhibited at the Barbican Centre in 2010. In 2011, Birkin was graduated from Slade with an MA in Fine Art. He exhibited as part of the Saatchi Gallery's 2011 New Sensations exhibition. He curated an exhibition at the Tallinn Kunstihoone in Estonia titled Moments of Reprieve: Representing Loss in Contemporary Photography, featuring works by Adam Broomberg & Oliver Chanarin, Ori Gersht, Idris Khan, Eleonora Rossi, Indrė Šerpytytė, and Taryn Simon.

Birkin was an artist-in-residence on VLA's Art and Law Program in 2012[1] and at Yaddo in 2013.[2][3] In 2014, he completed a fellowship with the Whitney Museum of American Art's Independent Study Program in New York.[4]

His first solo exhibition in a public gallery opened at The Mosaic Rooms, London in 2015.[5]


Birkin appeared in two episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation: in "Family" as René Picard, Captain Jean-Luc Picard's nephew; and in "Rascals" as a young Jean-Luc Picard. His film credits have included roles in The Return of the Musketeers (1989, as Louis XIV), Impromptu (1991), Les Misérables (1998), All the Queen's Men (2001), Charlotte Gray (2001), and Sylvia (2003),

He has since written and photographed editorial commissions on subjects ranging from the deforestation of orangutan habitat in Borneo to the Afghan Film Institute in Kabul, and has performed in films by the artist Nathaniel Mellors for the 2009 Tate Triennial, the 2010 British Art Show at the Hayward Gallery, Ourhouse at the ICA in London, and the 2011 Venice Biennale.

Birkin had his first solo art exhibition in 2007 in London.

Personal life[edit]

In 2009, Birkin married performance artist Eloise Fornieles. They have since divorced.[6]


  1. ^ "Art & Law Residency Program". vlany.org. Retrieved 19 September 2016. 
  2. ^ "History". yaddo.org. Retrieved 19 September 2016. 
  3. ^ "Visual Artists". yaddo.org. Retrieved 19 September 2016. 
  4. ^ "David Birkin". a/political. Retrieved 19 September 2016. 
  5. ^ "Exhibition: Mouths At The Invisible Event". The Mosaic Rooms. Retrieved 19 September 2016. 
  6. ^ Pewsey, Guy (3 August 2015). "Say Goodby to the Bloomsbury Group and Meet the Camden Crowd". London Evening Standard. Retrieved 19 September 2016. 

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