Dai Roberts lives and works in London. He completed a Fine Art degree at the Nottingham Trent University (2002) and a Masters in Fine Art from Chelsea College of Art (2005). He has taken part in the Rojaraku spatial workshop in Latvia and the Braziers international artist workshops. In 2006 Roberts formed the Noonday demons a collaborative drawing project. In 2008 Roberts won the Marmite painting prize. In 2009 Roberts held the solo exhibition UNIT at the Kingsgate gallery and was selected for the Jerwood drawing prize.
About my artwork
UNIT started by manufacturing a set of materials in a unitary size . This size was arrived at intuitively in relation to its ease of working within the human scale , rather than by the use of other universal standards of measurement. Three found materials were selected, acrylic sheet, particleboard and copper rods, chosen for their visual and constructive qualities. These materials appear to be pristine. A system was devised to work these materials into three-dimensional objects.
UNIT drawings came after the sculptures and out of a need to find a completion. Each sculpture did not seem to come to a point of completion and many varieties of UNIT sculpture were made before starting the drawings. Each drawing was created as a finished thing in itself. Key characteristics of the drawings are their lack of adherence to the rules of gravity and the attempt of a consistency of perspective. A variety of coloured papers were chosen and a system of limited elements was imposed to construct the drawings . They are not a reference to a possible sculpture. They are abstract drawings at the same time as alluding to concrete objects. There are 171 UNIT drawings in the series.
The unitary size (285x285mm) was arrived at in relation to the ease of working. The single unit being a favorable size for the hand, recently noted its closeness to the foot measurement.
The works all adhere to the unit and range from 1/4,1/2,1,2,3 units in scale.
Colour is used both in the sculptures and drawings in an arbitrary manner as a counterpoint to the material and formal decisions made, but once a colour is used the next is selected in relation to that.