Registered since 2014

David Abse

from Bize-Minervois, France

David Abse was born in London in December 1958. Despite being born in England, David never has felt that this defines his identity.

David's maternal grandfather (Jack Mercer) had a profound effect on David's life: He worked as a shop steward for years in the Pilkingtons' glassworks in St Helens, but after he retired he went to art school every day for 30 years. He died over 20 years ago, aged 99, still a communist, determined not to get a telegram from the queen.


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Artwork by David Abse