photographer, draftsman, textile artist | United Kingdom
David Chalmers Alesworth
David Chalmers Alesworth - photographer, draftsman, textile artist
David Chalmers Alesworth is a dual-national artist who divides his time between Bristol, UK and Pakistan. He produces work in a variety of media, including textiles, drawing and painting, which are influenced by his time in Pakistan. Alesworth examines the idea of the garden as an archival formation across cultures.
Alesworth studied for a BFA from Wimbledon College of Art, London, and an MFA from Transart Institute, Berlin. He moved to Pakistan in 1989, collaborating with Pakistani artists in the group ‘Karachi Pop’ in the 1990s. Alesworth’s work is influenced by his position as a British artist with Pakistani nationality; he is interested in cross-cultural communication and the impact of colonialism.
Garden as metaphor
Alesworth uses the garden as a metaphor with which to examine humanity’s culturally specific relationships with nature. He works with a variety of media, creating drawings, sculptures, and textile works. Alesworth’s textile interventions involve iconic Western landscapes portrayed on antique carpets, but the intention is not to obscure the original design. Instead Alesworth creates a cross-cultural dialogue; he views the landscapes as rooted and growing from the textile beneath.
Alesworth has exhibited extensively for decades across the world: in the UK, Pakistan, Australia and Japan to name a few. He has exhibited at the Asian Art Triennial and the Berlin Biennale. Alesworth features in numerous public collections: the Agha Khan Museum, Canada; Queensland Art Gallery, Australia; Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, Japan; and the AMA Foundation, Chile.
“The British Indian Viceroy’s Flag, 1885”
2013 / Textile / Religion / Oriental /
213x330cm / $42,000
2012 / Textile / Everyday Life / Oriental /
350x243cm / $35,000
2017 Group exhibition presented by SHEDEVR gallery / Ganges Gallery – Kolkata, India 2017 Group Exhibition / Koel Gallery – Karachi, Pakistan 2016 How We Mark the Land / Gandhara Gallery – Karachi, Pakistan 2016 The Missing One / OCA Oslo – Oslo, Norway 2016 The Architecture of Life / Berkley Art Museum – Berkeley, United States 2016 Indian Art Fair / Galleryske – New Delhi, India 2016 The Missing One / Dakha Art Sumit – Dhaka, Bangladesh 2016 Jameel Prize Shortlist / Pera Museum – Istanbul, Turkey 2016 Group Exhibition / Galleryske – Dubai, United Arab Emirates 2015 Art Basel Miami Beach / Galleryske – New Delhi, India 2015 Karachi Literature Festival / - – Karachi, Pakistan 2015 Dreamscapes / Gulgee Gallery – Karachi, Pakistan 2015 The Garden of Ideas / Agha Khan Museum – Toronto, United States 2014 Berlin Biennale-8 / Dhalem Museum Complex – Berlin, Denmark 2014 Lahore Literature Festival / Alhamrah Complex – Lahore, Pakistan 2014 Sindh Art Festival / Frere Hall – Karachi, Pakistan 2014 Extra-Ordinary / Canvas Gallery – Karachi, Pakistan 2013 Objects as Locus of Hybridity and Hybrid Making / - – Doha, Qatar 2013 Crossing Over / Gallery Latitude-28 – New Delhi, India 2012 A Beautifiul Life / The Pier-2 Art District – Kaohsiung, Taiwan 2011 Gardens of Babel / Rhotas-2 Gallery – Lahore, Pakistan 2010 Automaton Love / Loft Gallery – Mumbai, India 2009 The Rising Tide / - – Karachi, Pakistan 2009 Patrons of Oh My God I can Buy Art / - – Lahore, India 2009 Half-Life / NCA Gallery – Lahore, India 2009 Going Places / Canvas Gallery – Karachi, Pakistan 2008 The Frankfurt School / VASL Lahore – Lahore, Pakistan 2006 Artist’s Voices, Calligraphy / Gallery – Karachi, Pakistan 2006 Artist’s Voices, Body / Gallery – Karachi, Pakistan 2005 The Other / National Gallery of Modern Art – Mumbai, India 2003 8th National Exhibition / PNCA – Islamabad, Pakistan 2003 3rd KaraFilm Festival / PIIA – Karachi, Pakistan 2003 Happiness / Mori Art Museum – Tokyo, Japan 2002 Kara Art 2002 / Alliance Francaise – Karachi, Pakistan 2001 Kara-Art 2001 / Alliance Francaise – Karachi, Pakistan 2001 1St Karachi International Film Festiva / - – Karachi, Pakistan 2001 Speaking Out / Canvas Gallery – Karachi, Pakistan 1999 Fukuoka Asian Art Trienniale / - – Fukuoka, Japan 1999 Urban Voices 111 / Sheraton Hotel – Karachi, Pakistan 1999 The Millenium Show / Arts Council – Karachi, Pakistan 1999 The Third Asia Pacific Trienniale / - – Brisbane, Australia 1999 Group Exhibition / IT Park Gallery – Taipei, Taiwan 1999 Urban Voices III / - – Karachi, Pakistan 1999 Cityscapes / Galerie Sadequain – Karachi, Pakistan 1999 The Millennium Art Show / Arts Council of Pakistan – Karachi, Pakistan 1998 Karachi Contemporaries / AN Gallery – Karachi, Pakistan 1998 Urban Voices / Sheraton Hotel – Karachi, Pakistan 1998 Exhibition of Drawings / Cafe Blue – Karachi, Pakistan 1997 High, Low and In between / AN Gallery – Karachi, Pakistan 1997 The Longer Now / AN Gallery – Karachi, Pakistan 1997 Urban Voices / Sheraton Hotel – Karachi, Pakistan 1997 Arz-e-Mauood, The Promised Lands / Frere Hall Gardens – Karachi, Pakistan 1996 Selected Pakistani Artists / - – Birmingham, United Kingdom 1996 Group Exhibition / Rohtas Gallery – Islamabad, Pakistan 1995 Solo Exhibition / National College of Art Gallery – Lahore, Pakistan 1995 Pakistan National Council for the Arts Gallery / - – Islamabad, Pakistan 1995 Solo Exhibition / Indus Gallery Karachi – Karachi, Pakistan 1995 Punjab Art Association / Alhamra Complex – Lahore, Pakistan 1995 Solo Exhibition / Kunj Art Gallery – Karachi, Pakistan 1978 New Contemporaries ICA / Institute Of Contemporary Art – London, United Kingdom
2017 Group Showing / Spike Island Studios – Bristol, United Kingdom 2014 Right Here, Right Now / Northern Arts – Lancashire, United Kingdom 2013 A Beautiful Life / Sining Makiling Gallery – Los Banos, Philippines 2012 Beautiful Life / Creative Hinkley – Hinkley, United Kingdom 2011 Beautiful Life / South Hill Park – Bracknell, United Kingdom 2011 Lines of Control / British Council – London, United Kingdom 2003 Dish Dhamaka / Amin Gulgee Gallery – Karachi, Pakistan 2002 Solo Exhibition / Canvas Gallery – Karachi, Pakistan 2000 Pakistan Another Vision / Brunei gallery – London, United Kingdom 2000 Kara Art 2000 / Alliance Francaise – Karachi, Pakistan 1995 Six Artists / Rohtas Gallery – Islamabad, Pakistan 1994 Solo Exhibition / National Gallery – Islamabad, Pakistan 1994 6th National Exhibition Islamabad / - – Islamabad, Pakistan 1994 Art Caravan / Touring Exhibition – Pakistan, Pakistan 1993 Solo Exhibition / Ziggurat Gallery – Karachi, Pakistan 1993 Solo Exhibition / Ziggurat Gallery – Karachi, Pakistan 1987 Solo Exhibition / Rufford Open Northern Arts – Northern, United Kingdom 1983 One person show / Glasgow School Of Art – Glasgow, United Kingdom 1982 Hayward Annual A.C.G.B / - – London, United Kingdom 1981 Solo Exhibition / G.L.A.A. Hounslow Civic Centre – Hounslow, United Kingdom 1981 One person show / Kingston University – Kingston, United Kingdom 1978 Group Exhibition / Guildford University – Guildford, United Kingdom 1978 Solo Exhibition / G.L.A.A. Cannizaro Park – Wimbledon, United Kingdom
2011 Art Dubai Journal– The Abraaj Capital Art Prize
2014 Agha Khan Museum, Toronto, Canada 2011 Hyde Park Kashan, 1862, Chile 2010 HH Sh. Zayed bin Sultan bin Khalifa Al Nahyan, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates 2000 Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane, Australia 1999 Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, Japan 1999 Fukuoka, Japan 1994 Karachi Metropolitan Council, Pakistan
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