David Aston

Website: https://www.rmutt.co.uk

Email: david@rmutt.co.uk

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Rolling with Humanity (Resistance is futile)

Jus Data


Pergamon I

Attest you are human (Commemorative Plate)


David makes art about anthropology and human cultural evolution. He looks at contemporary society through a diachronic lens (From dia- ‘through’ + Greek khronos ‘time’ + -ic) to seek profound cultural shifts and ask questions about our humanity and culture at a time of unprecedented accelerated change.

David's recent works act as markers of our transition from material past to technology and data fuelled present and future. These multimedia works observe our transition to an age where we need to attest our humanity to machines, proclaim our rights to data, question our collective cultural legacy through acts of digital archeology, and explore futurist possibilities through hashtag muses.

David's earlier sculptural photographic works explore themes of anonymity, commoditisation and copyright through the curation of anonymous 19th century social histories (ULOs, Unidentified Living Objects). Collected photographs are represented as postage stamps, re-packaged as modern point of sale consumables, t-shirts and made into playthings in antique slot machines. These early works also explore the potential for both copyright and copywrong in the reevaluation of historical and personal objects.


David Aston is a British artist (b. 1975, Edinburgh) based in London. David secured his BA from Bath Spa University and interned with Bonhams as a fine art specialist.

David's work is in UK and American collections and has been exhibited nationally and internationally in exhibitions including the Royal Academy of Arts, London, The Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh, The London Group, The Printspace, London The Other Art Fair London & New York.

In 2019/20 David was long listed for The John Ruskin Prize, The Aesthetica Art Prize, and A-N Mentoring Award.