Daniel Silver

Born 1972 London, Daniel Silver lives and works in London. Graduated from Business and Fine Art, London Guildhall University (1995); BA Fine Art, Slade School of Art, University College London (1999); and MA Fine Art Sculpture, Royal College of Art, London (2001).

Silver is best known for his figurative sculptures. His practice is deeply influenced by the art of ancient Greece, Modernist sculpture, and Freudian psychoanalytic theory. Silver’s works use concrete, bronze, marble, stone, wood and clay, and often appear as monuments or totems, as if belonging to an archaeological excavation. Like a contemporary Pygmalion, his figures seem to speak of the intimacy of touch and the memories inherited through material. Silver’s sculptures explore and manipulate the human figure, sometimes with brutality, at other times with the utmost sensitivity. An analyst, an archaeologist and an artist, he moves constantly between styles, examining the physical and emotional impact of the body and its representation.

Selected solo exhibitions include Daniel Silver, London Mithraeum Bloomberg SPACE, London (2019); Daniel Silver, The New Art Gallery, Walsall (2019); Daniel Silver, Frith Street Gallery, London (2018); Rock Formations, Art Basel Parcours, Antikenmuseum, Basel (2015); Rock Formations, Frith Street Gallery, London (2015); Roundabout Mouth, OMR Gallery, Mexico City (2015); and Dig, Artangel, London (2013). Selected group exhibitions include Contemporary Excavations, FrithStreet Gallery, London (2020); All Movements Have Memories, CFHILL Art Space, Stockholm (2019); The Enigma of the Hour: 100 Years of Psychoanalytic Thought, Freud Museum London (2019); Drawing Biennial 2019, Drawing Room, London (2019); Mess, Tel Aviv Museum of Art (2018); ISelf Collection: Bumped Bodies, Whitechapel Gallery, London (2018); Loss, Hydra School Projects, Hydra (2018); and The Materiality of the Invisible, Van Eyck Academy, Maastricht (2017).

Awards include Henry Moore Artist in Residency, University of Sunderland (2005); Rome Scholar in Fine Arts, The British School at Rome (2002); and Credit Suisse First Boston Award (2001).

Last updated: 23.04.2021