Researcher

Dr David Eastwood

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Biography

Dr David Eastwood is an artist and academic whose practice is primarily situated in drawing and painting. He uses the interior as a genre through which to construct composite images that reconfigure spatio-temporalities, reevaluating relationships across historical periods and locations. His recent research examines the “afterlife” of artists’ studios recontextualised as posthumous museum artefacts, revising our understanding of the...view more

Dr David Eastwood is an artist and academic whose practice is primarily situated in drawing and painting. He uses the interior as a genre through which to construct composite images that reconfigure spatio-temporalities, reevaluating relationships across historical periods and locations. His recent research examines the “afterlife” of artists’ studios recontextualised as posthumous museum artefacts, revising our understanding of the modernist studio and its relationship to contemporary art practice. In 2018 he completed a PhD on this topic, proposing a nuanced reinterpretation of the artist's studio as an assemblage of distributed materialities and agencies, an approach informed by the thinking of Gilles Deleuze, and Jane Bennett’s notion of “vibrant matter.” Eastwood also has a continuing interest in model-making as a tool to inform imaging practices. Of key interest is the model’s status as a hypothetical object with agency to provoke speculative thinking. 

Dr Eastwood is represented by Robin Gibson Gallery in Sydney and is a Lecturer at UNSW Art & Design, where he teaches in the Fine Arts program and is available to supervise Higher Degree Research candidates in Masters and PhD programs. He has examined PhD candidates at ANU and Curtin University; Masters candidates at USyd, UniSA, NAS and UNSW; and Bachelor of Visual Arts and Design (Honours) at ACU.

Completed Postgraduate Supervision:

Theresa Darmody (MFA, 2015) The Continuous Line: transcoding knitted stitch patterns through painting in an investigation of the affective potential of pattern

Peter Nelson (MFA, 2012) Extensions of a No-Place: structure and narrative in invented landscapes

Alexander Sims (MFA, 2010) Synthetic Modernism and the Grid

Louise Zhang (MFA, 2016) Monstrous Masses: horror and slime in art

 


My Grants

2008-09    Visual Arts Board Skills and Arts Development Grant: Paris studio residency (three months), Australia Council Studio, Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris


My Qualifications

2013-18 Doctor of Philosophy, UNSW Art & Design 

1997-99 Master of Fine Arts, College of Fine Arts, University of New South Wales

1993-96 Bachelor of Fine Arts with First Class Honours & University Medal, College of Fine Arts, University of New South Wales


My Awards

2013-2017    University Postgraduate Award, UNSW (Scholarship)
2013-2017    UNSW Research Excellence Award (Scholarship)
2010    Kedumba Drawing Award
2008-09    Visual Arts Board Skills and Arts Development Grant: Paris studio residency (three months), Australia Council Studio, Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris
2003    Viewers’ Choice Award, Redlands Westpac Art Prize
2001    Commended, Brett Whiteley Travelling Art Scholarship
2000    Winner, Lloyd Rees Memorial Youth Art Award
1998    Willoughby City Art Prize People’s Choice Award
1998    Highly Commended, Lloyd Rees Memorial Youth Art Award
1998    Three month studio residency, UNSW studio,  Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris
1997-99    Australian Postgraduate Award (Scholarship)
1997    University Medal, University of New South Wales
1997    First Prize, UNSW Union Art Competition


My Research Supervision


Areas of supervision

  • Painting/ expanded painting
  • Drawing/ expanded drawing
  • Fine art
  • Contemporary art
  • The artist's studio 
  • Models and model making
  • Interiors and spaces
  • Still life
  • The body, figures and portraiture
  • Materiality/ new materialism

Currently supervising

  • Nicolette Page, MFA candidate, UNSW Art & Design (Primary Supervisor)
  • Timothy Phillips, PhD candidate, ANU (Associate Supervisor, external)
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Location

Office F404, F Block, Paddington campus
(cnr Oxford St & Greens Rd)

Contact

+61 2 8936 0503