David McLeod

David works from Dunedin , he studied first at Otago Polytechnic, graduating with a Dip FAA in 1973, after which he pursued a sculpture career, mixed with teaching at a tertiary level. In 1985 he moved to Invercargill to head the Craft design program, which began his interest in small scale work. In 1987 he returned to Dunedin where he worked at the Dunedin School of Art , lecturing in sculpture and then heading the Jewellery and 3D design areas. In 1998 he completed his MA in jewellery from Monash University and left teaching in 2000.
Six years ago he and his wife Anne set up Quadrant Gallery, focusing on jewellery , glass, ceramics and stone.
David’s work often has a narrative element, he cuts and shapes much of his own stone and shell material that are found in his work. He has in recent years developed a series of work inspired by matchstick craft of the early 20th century, this has seen a number of different bodies of work. Other themes have centered on the sub –Antarctic islands , stone samplers, and more recently text based textures combining different metals. David’s work is in many private collections and in the national collection at Te Papa.