David Mach was born in Methil, Fife, in 1956. He studied at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art, Dundee from 1974–79, and at the Royal College of Art, London from 1979–82. David Mach currently lives and works in London.
A selection of group and solo exhibitions include: Royal Academicians, Royal Academy, London; Royal Academicians, Seongham Art Centre, South Korea; It takes Two to Tango, Ville de Marseille (2011); Crucible, Gloucester Cathedral, Gallery Pangolin (2010); New Collages and Sculpture, Forum Gallery, New York, USA (2005); College Portrait of Glasgow, commissioned by Museum of Modern Art, Glasgow (2002); APT Gallery, London (2000); British Sculpture 83, the Hayward Gallery London; Hakone Open–Air Museum, Japan (1993); Polaris, Royal Festival Hall (1983); Lisson Gallery (1982).
Mach was nominated for the Turner Prize in 1988 and was elected a member of the Royal Academy in 1998. In 2004, he was made an honorary member of the Royal Scottish Academy and, in 2011 he was awarded the Bank of Scotland Herald Angel Award for his sculpture Precious Light.
Mach is heavily influenced by Pop Art and consumerism, and employs a sense of drama, performance and unpredictability in his work. His work explores materiality on a monumental scale through the collation of mass–produced objects, most notably magazines, newspapers and car tyres to form large–scale installations. His work is representational, humorous, often controversial and uses scale in itself to deliberately overwhelm audiences. Mach’s practice subverts traditional meanings assigned to objects by re-assigning his objects with surreal and anarchic connotations. By creating new meaning and subverting what we consider fact Mach manifests work that confronts and surprises audiences and provokes a reconsideration of established perception.