© Andrew Brooks

© Andrew Brooks


David Ogle (b. 1987) is an artist (working in drawing, sculpture and site-specific installation) based in Liverpool, UK. Ogle studied at Lancaster University (BA (hons), MA by Research) and the University of Liverpool (PhD).

Ogle’s practice seeks a mode of fragility, frequently revealing strong geometric forms within a space, though lacking the weight and immobility of sculpture. Like the dimensionless properties of line on a flat surface, they exist in space without mass or structure. Working in this way, his practice routinely employs a material that surpasses such physical restraints; light.

Through negating material properties, Ogle’s work has come to rest on the edge between a sculptural form and an environmental occurrence. His current practice has moved beyond the walls of indoor sites and out into the landscape, documenting ephemeral works that are shaped by natural elements and freed-up from the confines of both interior sites and the viewer’s requirement for a work’s prolonged existence.

Such works exist in the landscape, a context from which they are inseparable, alone in this specific place and for a narrow window of time. Like the shifting of natural light, their transience provides significance and meaning; a moment fleeting and precious.

Much of Ogle’s early work derived from drawing, revealing an act or process of mark-making that became the fundamental rationale of the work. In the application of such processes to physical sites, his works on paper leave the confines of a flat surface, their aesthetic qualities manifest in physical space. Spaces that simultaneously shape the work and become manipulated by it, encouraging viewers to navigate their environments in new ways.

Incorporating drawing, sculpture, installation and new media, Ogle often works in the ‘grey area’ between different mediums. Recurring visual motifs often surface across this disparate array of disciplines. In disrupting our expectations of these boundaries, his work produces paradoxical elements that are always combined with simplicity and material presence, continually providing a physical, and often illusionary, confrontation in real-space.

David Ogle is Represented by Mark Devereux Projects



2018 | Ph.D. Collaborative doctoral award: The University of Liverpool / FACT (Foundation for Art and Creative Technology)

2012 | M.A. Contemporary Arts Research: Lancaster University (Distinction)

2009 | B.A. (hons) Fine Art (History/Practice): Lancaster University (1st Class) 


Selected Solo Exhibitions

2019 | The Last Light, The Atkinson Museum, Southport, UK

2018 | Land/Lines, HOME, Manchester, UK

2017 | Light Traces, Broadgate, London, UK

2016 | Loomings, Bury Art Museum & Sculpture Centre, Bury, UK

2014 | In Another Light, The National Trust, Croft Castle, Hertfordshire, UK

2014 | David Ogle, Sake No Hana, London, UK

2013 | Light in Contemporary Sculpture, The Royal British Society of Sculptors, London, UK

2013 | David Ogle: Subterranean. The Royal British Society of Sculptors –  Sculpture Shock, The Vaults, London, UK

2011 | David Ogle: Automata, Godfrey Pilkington Art Gallery, St Helens, UK


Selected Group Exhibitions

2018 | Light and Colour, Thought Foundation, Gateshead, UK

2018 | Lightwaves 2018, Salford Quays, Salford, UK

2018 | From Darkness to Light, Salisbury Cathedral, Salisbury, UK

2018 | Lightpool Festival 2018, Blackpool, UK

2017 | Cheongju Craft Biennale 2017, Cheongju, South Korea

2017 | Light Lab: Light Up The North Network, Grundy Art Gallery, Blackpool, UK

2017 | Green Man Festival 2017, Brecon Beacons, UK

2017 | Henley Festival 2017, Henley-on-Thames, UK

2016 | Sculpture Shock, The Royal British Society of Sculptors, London, UK

2016 | Illuminating York, St John University, York, UK

2016 | The Manchester Contemporary, Artwork Atelier, Manchester, UK

2016 | LEAF Live Events, Liverpool, UK

2015 | Mark Devereux Projects Open House, Manchester, UK

2014 | Regenerate 14, The Lab Magazine, Copenhagen, Denmark

2014 | Regenerate 14, The Lab Magazine, Berlin, Germany

2013 | Federation House Open, Manchester, UK

2013 | Crystallize, Old Billingsgate Market, London, UK

2013 | Warrington Contemporary Arts Festival, The Pyramid Arts Centre, Warrington, UK

2013 | Mak?ng Sense, Fallout Factory, Liverpool, UK

2013 | MDP AfterHours, The Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester, UK

2013 | Means of Feedback, CUBE, Manchester, UK

2013 | The Catlin Art Prize 2013, LondonNewcastle Project Space, London, UK

2013 | Kinetica Art Fair 2013, Ambika P3, London, UK

2012 | Sculpture Shock Finalists Showcase, The Royal British Society of Sculptors, London, UK

2012 | Kinetica, The Village Underground, Shoreditch, London, UK

2012 | Object – Memory, The Lica Building, Lancaster, UK

2012 | Lines of Enquiry, Neo Gallery, Bolton, UK

2012 | Neo Art Prize, Neo Gallery, Bolton, UK

2012 | Inside, BLANKSPACE, Manchester, UK

2012 | Kinetica Art Fair, Ambika P3, London, UK

2011 | The Title Art Prize, BLANKSPACE, Manchester, UK

2011 | Icon Magazine 100th Issue Event, London, UK

2010 | Chaosmos II, View Two Gallery – Liverpool Biennial Independents, Liverpool, UK

2010 | The Museum Capsule, Warrington Museum & Art Gallery, Warrington, UK

2009 | Draw The Line, Peter Scott Gallery, Lancaster, UK



2018-2019 | Lecturer, Fine Art, Art & Design History, Liverpool Hope University, UK 

2017-2018 | Professional Tutor, MA Contemporary Arts Practice, Liverpool Hope University, UK 

2017-2018 | Professional Tutor, BA (hons) Fine Art (Introduction to Art & Design History), Liverpool Hope University, UK  

2017-2018 | Professional Tutor, MA Museum & Heritage Studies, Liverpool Hope University, UK  

2017 | Visiting Lecturer, Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts (GAFA), China

2017 | Programme Leader, MA Museum & Heritage Studies: Liverpool Hope University, UK  

2016 | Visiting Lecturer, BA (Hons) Fine Art: York St John University, UK

2016 | Visiting Lecturer, BA (Hons) Fine Art: Leeds Beckett University, UK

2014 | Visiting Lecturer, BA (Hons) Fine Art: Manchester Metropolitan University, UK

2013-2014 | Lecturer/Course Convener, MA Art, Aesthetics & Cultural institutions: The University of Liverpool, UK 


Awards, Grants & Residences

2017 | Winner: Best Cultural Partnership, York Culture Awards, York, UK

2017 | Light Up The North (LUTN) Residency 2017, Blackpool, UK

2016 | Arts Council England (Grants for the Arts): Loomings

2016 | Green Man Festival 2016 Artist Residency

2014 | Meadow Arts in partnership with The National Trust, UK

2014 | Arts Council England (Grants for the Arts): Loomings

2013 | Art Catlin: Selected for the 2013 Catlin Art Prize, London, UK

2013 | Royal British Society of Sculptors: Sculpture Shock - Residency Award Winner, London, UK

2012 | AHRC Doctoral Scholarship – The University of Liverpool Collaborative doctoral award between The University of Liverpool and FACT, Liverpool, UK

2012 | Neo Gallery: Neo Art Prize, Visitor’s Choice Award / Judges recommendation award, Bolton, UK

2011 | BLANKSPACE Gallery: The Title Art Prize, People’s Choice Award, Manchester, UK

2011 | Aesthetica Magazine: Creative Works finalist

2011 | Godfrey Pilkington Gallery: Artist in Residence, St. Helens, UK

2011 | Lancaster University: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences Scholarship Prize, Lancaster, UK