David Mach

(b. 1956)

Born in 1956 in Fife, Scotland, David Mach is one of the UK’s most successful and respected artists.

He attended Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and did his MA at the Royal College of Art of London. Mach became a part-time lecturer in the Sculpture School at Kingston University from 1982 to 1986 and at the Contemporary Art Summer School, Kitakyushu, Japan, from 1987 to 1991.

In 1988, David Mach was nominated for the Turner Prize and in 1992 he won Glasgow’s Lord Provost Prize. He became a Royal Academician in 1998 and was appointed Professor of Sculpture at the Royal Academy Schools in London in 2000.


David Mach is widely-known for his dynamic and imaginative large scale collages, sculptures and installations using diverse media, including coat hangers, matches, magazines, postcards and many other materials. The Scotsman describes his works as “big on gesture and big in proportion” and adds “it demands your attention and gets it”.

His first solo exhibition was held at the Lisson Gallery in London in 1982. His international reputation was established in solo and group exhibitions around the world including London, New York, Los Angeles, Melbourne, Hong Kong, Hakone, Tel Aviv and Warsaw.

Public commissions include the tumbling telephone boxes Out of Order (1989) in Kingston-Upon-Thames, England; Train (1997) in Darlington, England; Big Heids(1999) visible from the M8 motorway between Glasgow and Edinburgh, Scotland; It Takes Two (2011) sited North of Paris and in Marseille, France; Likeness Guaranteed (1996) commissioned by the McMaster Museum of Art in Hamilton, Canada; and more recently Giants (2012) in Vinadio, Italy, and Phantom (2015), commissioned by Morrisons supermarket in Kirkcaldy, Scotland.

In 2003, Mach’s Arm’s Length sculpture of a woman made of coat hangers won the Jack Goldhill Award for sculpture at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition. In 2004, he was elected an honorary member of the Royal Scottish Academy and the same year the University of Dundee appointed him Professor of Inspiration and Discovery. From 2006 to 2010, he was a Trustee of the National Portrait Gallery. In 2011, Mach was awarded the Bank of Scotland Herald Angel Award for his exhibition ‘Precious Light’, as well as the Glenfiddich Spirit of Scotland Award for Art. 

  • Giving back to Nature

    Giving back to Nature


    May 17, 2017 - June 03, 2017

  • BritARTnia



    November 23, 2016 - December 08, 2016

  • The Assembly, cumulative practices in Contemporary art

    The Assembly, cumulative practices in Contemporary art

    Hong Kong

    November 18, 2016 - December 05, 2016

  • Cool Britannia

    Cool Britannia


    October 21, 2015 - November 30, 2015

  • British Contemporary

    British Contemporary


    March 19, 2015 - April 05, 2015

  • The Great American Icons

    The Great American Icons


    March 13, 2014 - April 20, 2014

  • The many faces of David Bowie

    The many faces of David Bowie


    June 21, 2013 - August 31, 2013

  • Contemporary Emotion

    Contemporary Emotion


    February 13, 2013 - March 09, 2013

  • Art Stage - Booth C4-05

    Art Stage - Booth C4-05


    January 24, 2013 - January 27, 2013

  • Mach Mania - The David Mach Show

    Mach Mania - The David Mach Show

    Hong Kong

    November 22, 2012 - December 12, 2012

  • Rehab, tribute to Duchamp

    Rehab, tribute to Duchamp


    February 24, 2012 - March 18, 2012

  • Ron Arad / David Mach

    Ron Arad / David Mach


    February 03, 2012 - February 19, 2012