Dave Bain

Alongside Dave’s commercial illustration practice, he has been developing an alternative universe of his own, featuring his “birdboy” characters.  Having always enjoyed drawing natural life forms, with a keen sense of line and composition, this started to spill over to the surreal.

Memories of long walks spotting woodland creatures, watching birds being gripped in human hands and combining sketches of animals and humans in spare moments sparked the “birdboy” world.

Currently taking inspiration from his love of dark, Victorian horror, surreal etchings and dimly lit banquets, Dave has created something quite special for the Grotesques show. ‘A Woodland Date’ sees Dave’s birdboy characters come to life in sculptural form.

Dave Bain graduated from Falmouth College of Arts with a BA degree in Illustration.