‘Torso of a Young Man’ is a signed limited edition Archive Digital Print in an edition of 10 by British artist David Ferry. It is part of the ‘Monument Series’ of works and is a reflection on the often rather safe 1970’s cornucopia of British and European sculpture in the form of ‘public art’. In the Monument Series, David has chosen to create his own ‘public art’ in place of what might have originally been featured. The works are given a classical titles to heighten the surrealism.
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".