About David Bade
David Bade is a sculptor, painter, sketcher and installation artist. He studied from 1987 to 1991 to become a teacher of crafts and drawing at the Hogeschool Holland in Diemen and subsequently visited Ateliers ’63 in Haarlem until 1993.
Assembling is the keyword in Bade’s oeuvre; additions are very important. These can be people materials, items or subjects. This multiplicity, fullness and curiosity are rooted in a desire to find more possibilities of what his work can be about. On the one hand, current affairs and history are important, on the other hand, he is very committed to trusting his own intuition and looking at what he distils from the enormous amount of visual information he receives.
Variety of objects, materials and techniques find a place within Baden’s installations and sculptures. From sofas to old clocks, from polyurethane foam to polystyrene foam, from wood to plastic and from rubber to decayed plants. Bade’s work is full of contradictions; it’s colourful, chaotic, funny, criticizing, challenging and mocking.
Bade’s work was part of the Venice Biennale in 1995 and has been shown at the Gemeentemuseum Den Haag, The Hallen Haarlem and the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam.
In 1993 he was awarded the prestigious Prix de Rome and in 2010 he won the Sikkens Prize, an irregularly awarded prize from the Sikkens Foundation. From 2000 to 2003 he was visiting professor at the Hochschule für Gestaltung in Bremen.
Bade founded ArteSwa in Curaçao in 2004, which is now part of the Instituto Buena Bista (IBB) Curaçao Centre for Contemporary Art. The IBB provides an ‘artist in residency’ program, organizes a large number of cultural projects and offers training opportunities for local artists.