David Abbott

David Abbott
A Certain Day

That Art Gallery
June 10 - July 2, 2022

The valley sighs like an exhaling lung. Vapours rise and muddle with the humdrum sky. Sounds ascend from the loamsome belly of the earth, deep at first but soon decorated with bell-like melodies that form into words. The valley has learned to sing. The first words are clay, rain, thorn, rock. Then vetch, field maple, beetle, owl, hare, worm, and finally barn, path, gravestone. Some of this song I copy down into my notebook the rest soaks unevenly into the rough hessian of my memory. The song today is strange but brings to mind others. It has borrowed couplets, stolen some motifs, comes attired in a hand-me-down melody. Pedalling my bicycle I whistle it home. I whistle it in the kitchen over coffee, while digging in the garden, walking with the dog, cleaning my brushes. It joins the river of song whose words are people, history, death, climate, ritual, life, each of the seasons. It is the river that pulled me to this place and that carries me on to the next. The valley breathes and sings whether I am there or not.

A Certain Day is an exhibition of recent paintings by Bristol based artist David Abbott that explores ways of remembering through the medium of landscape.

The paintings

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A Certain Day'

A Certain Day
Oil on linen
16 x 12in
2022
£550 (unframed)

A Certain Day'

Each and Every Year
Acrylic on plywood
25.4 x 16.9cm (painting)
2022
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A Certain Day'

All the Week
Acrylic on plywood
25.4 x 16.9cm (painting)
2022
£380 (framed)

A Certain Day'

How Could She Vanish
Acrylic on plywood
40 x 23.5cm (painting)
2022
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A Certain Day'

Inflection
Acrylic on plywood
25.4 x 16.9cm (painting)
2022
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A Certain Day'

No East or West
Acrylic on plywood
20 x 11.7cm (painting)
2022
£265 (framed)

A Certain Day'

This Very Day
Acrylic on plywood
28 x 20cm (painting)
2022
£455 (framed)

A Certain Day'

The Time it Takes
Acrylic on plywood
25.4 x 16.9cm (painting)
2022
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A Certain Day'

Come Quickly
Acrylic on plywood
30 x 22.5cm (painting)
2022
£475 (framed)

A Certain Day'

A-glimmering
Acrylic on plywood
25.4 x 16.9cm (painting)
2022
£380 (framed)

A Certain Day'

A Stranger I Came
Acrylic on plywood
25.4 x 20.3cm (painting)
2022
£425 (framed)

A Certain Day'

When the Wind Begins to Sing
Acrylic on plywood
28 x 20cm (painting)
2022
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A Certain Day'

The Dead-man's Thumb, the Harebell Blue
Acrylic on plywood
40 x 23.5cm (painting)
2022
£550 (framed)

A Certain Day'

Time Enough
Acrylic on plywood
28 x 20cm (painting)
2022
£455 (framed)

A Certain Day'

When Any Winde
Acrylic on plywood
28 x 20cm (painting)
2022
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A Certain Day'

Out of the Ground Come Words
Acrylic on plywood
50 x 29.4cm (painting)
2022
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A Certain Day'

Close Harmony
Acrylic on plywood
30 x 22.5cm (painting)
2022
£475 (framed)

A Certain Day'

Weather-beaten
Acrylic on plywood
25.4 x 16.9cm (painting)
2022
£380 (framed)

A Certain Day'

Old and Crazy Earth
Oil on linen
16 x 12in
2022
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A Certain Day'

Not Now
Acrylic on plywood
25.4 x 16.9cm (painting)
2022
£380 (framed)

A Certain Day'

What Followed
Acrylic on plywood
20 x 11.7cm (painting)
2022
£265 (framed)

A Certain Day'

Stranger to Myself
Acrylic on plywood
25.4 x 16.9cm (painting)
2022
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A Certain Day'

Pity Mankind That Will Perish for Gold
Acrylic on plywood
28 x 20cm (painting)
2022
£455 (framed)

A Certain Day'

Any Given Day
Acrylic on plywood
20 x 11.7cm (painting)
2022
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A Certain Day'

Out of Thin Air
Acrylic on plywood
30 x 22.5cm (painting)
2022
£475 (framed)

A Certain Day'

Not Knowing
Oil on linen
14 x 10in
2022
£450 (unframed)

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