‘The Aquarium, Petworth House’ is a signed limited edition Archive Digital Print in an edition of 10 by British artist David Ferry. ‘The Aquarium, Petworth House’ is part of the Aquarium Series of works made in 2011 and inspired by the ‘Stately Homes of England’ where splendid, historical interiors are transformed into aquariums, complete with giant goldfish. The English country house is a redundant repository of culture and privilege but it remains with us as a part of our national heritage. In Ferry’s prints, country houses are submerged like shipwrecks with fish swimming through their rooms. What is lost becomes unknown. Buried in obscurity, the outmoded seems irretrievable. In David Ferry’s imagination, nothing is sacred and these works remind us that art can be entertaining too.
David Ferry was born in Blackpool in 1957 and studied Fine Art at Blackpool, Camberwell and the Slade. His first solo exhibition in London was at the First International Contemporary Art Fair in 1984 in the 'none aligned section' alongside Dubsky, Derek Jarman and other artists who did not fit conventionally into the established gallery scene at that time.
What is distinctive about David Ferry's new work is that he takes us back to the sights and sensations, smells and textures of an earlier modernist style, whilst retaining a sense of 'naughtiness', reminding us that art can be entertaining too. David is currently Head of Printmaking at the Cardiff School of Art & Design and a visiting lecturer at the Crawford College of Art and the Burren College of Art in Ireland - from where he has recently taken much inspiration. "The Burren is an area where wonderful visual alignments and natural synergies mingle with human cross-references; there exists a complex grid plan, akin to any city environment".