About

“I have known Band’s art since his first exhibition in Australia in 1987 and I have always been moved by it. Band has a profound talent to create beauty, to make beautiful art. Band has a serious relationship with colour, shape, line and texture and the expression of these elements is as essential to him as love or water. His ability to utilise various techniques and to manipulate materials lends his work uniqueness and exceptional quality. Band’s techniques are sound and they are apt for their purpose. They are embedded in his art.” – Ross A. Waterman

1959
Born Glasgow Scotland.

1977 – 81
Glasgow School of Art.

1981
Paintings commissioned for ‘Altered Images’ Record Sleeve which were noticed by Henry Geldzhaler and purchased for his private collection.

1981 – 83
Royal College of Art, London.

1982 – 83
Commissioned to complete a series of paintings and drawings for Spandau Ballet albums ‘True’ and ‘Parade’.

1983
Set up ‘The Cloth’ Studios with Fraser Taylor, Brian Bolger and Helen Manning.
Designed t-shirts for Paul Smith.

1984
Design Fabrics for Nicole Miller, Saks and Liberty.
Drawings commissioned for ‘Vanity Fair’ and ‘Interview’.
‘The Cloth’ featured in ‘Interview’ magazine.

1985
First Solo exhibition Brentford Watermans Art Centre, London.
Represented by Thumb Gallery, London.
Shown at the private collection of Henry Geldzhaler at ‘The Century Club’ New York.

1986
Exhibition and window installation for Liberty, London.
Moves to Melbourne, Australia.

1987
First Melbourne exhibition Reconnaissance Gallery.

1988
Returns to London. Shows with Rebecca Hossack Gallery, London.

1989
Returns to Melbourne. Begins part time lecturing post at RMIT University .

1991
First show with Australian Galleries, Melbourne.

1994
First monoprints ‘Jazz’ (How many notes in a saxaphone?) created at The Australian Print Workshop, Melbourne.
Commissioned by Mushroom Records to create 10 paintings for Paul Kelly CD ‘Wanted Man’.

1995
First show with Tim Olsen Gallery, Sydney.
First suites of etchings ‘Jazz’ and ‘Bird’, created at The Australian Print Workshop, Melbourne.

1996
Ends lecturing post at RMIT.
Suite of eight silkscreens commissioned by Simon Goh, printed by Larry Rowlings.
Suite of eight paintings commissioned by Maurice Terzini for The Melbourne Wine Room.

1997
Sets up studio at Gasworks Arts Park.
Commissioned by the van Haandels to create a canvas wall hanging, for Il Forniao Melbourne.
Mural 4 x 30 metres commissioned for Melbourne’s ‘Crown’ Casino.

1998
‘Beautiful Fields’ the Art of David Band, Imprint Magazine.
Suites of etchings ‘Tenplates’ and ‘Songs’ with printer Bill Young. Begins work on the ‘Aspar’ series.

1999
Receive awards for involvement in ‘Tenplates’.
Commissioned by the van Haandels to create a series of 40 artworks (paintings, photographs and etchings), for The Prince of Wales Hotel.
‘No Room For Squares’ series of unique etchings with John Loane.
‘Spillage’ series of 6 etchings with John Loane.
Monograph ‘Bandstand’ appears in Australia Vogue.

2000
Commissioned by ANZ private bank Australia to create a suite of 6 etchings, printed by John Loane.

2002
‘Splash’ and ‘Splahdown’ paintings and unique etchings commissioned by Australand for Freshwater Apartments, Melbourne.
First solo exhibition in NY at McGrath gallery.

2003
Creates first ‘Spirograph’ paintings with silkscreen printer Larry Rawlings.
‘Sweet little mysteries’ series of five etchings with Bill Young, based on the work of John Martyn. Commissioned by the Botanical Hotel to create eight paintings.

2004
Commissioned by the Prince Wine Store to create seven glass panels for the entrance.
NGA Canberra acquires three ‘Spirograph’ works from the ‘Waiting for Butterflies’ series.

2005
Donates twenty unique etchings to ‘Seeds’ Tsunami appeal.
‘Abstract Addiction’ article by Chris Beck in Melbourne’s Age Newspaper.
Begins work on the ‘Wool’ drawings.
Commissioned by Pearl Restaurant to create three Wool drawings for interior.
Creates a series of monoprints ‘Flowers’ with Fraser Taylor in memory of their friend Robert McCann.

2006
Commissioned by Zaishu to create a series of stool covers.
Shown at Jan Murphy gallery, Brisbane. Left Gasworks studio.
Set up main studio in Melton, Victoria. Returns to painting on canvas.

2007
Exhibits ‘Seven roses’ at Hill Smith Gallery in memory of the Scottish artist Steven Campbell.
The series ‘Flowers’ is sold in Glasgow for the Robert McCann Foundation.

2008
Commissioned by the Crown Hotel to create 140 monoprints / silkscreens.
Completed a new series of silkscreens ‘Imbibe with Me’ with Larry Rowlings.

2009
Commissioned in collaboration with Fraser Taylor by Bates Smart Architects to complete 700 hand coloured etchings for the Crown Metropole Hotel.
Created the embossed Jelly Bean for the JDRF Art Auction. The ‘Bean’ was embellished by many of Melbourne’s leading artists to raise money for children with diabetes.
Left Australian Galleries Melbourne after 18 years of representation.

COLLECTIONS
National Gallery of Australia
National Gallery of Victoria
Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Chicago Art Institute, Chicago, USA
Henry Geldzhaler Collection, New York, USA
ANZ Private Bank
Artbank