Born 1947

Studied at Birmingham College of Art and The Slade School of Fine Art.

From 1979 to 1982 David was Fellow in Fine Art at Nottingham University and also a guest artist in Residence at the same location.

From 2003 to 2006 he was a NESTA Fellow and most recently in 2006 he held the Established Artist Fellowship at UrbanGlass, New York, USA


1969 Jackson Travel Scholarship

1969 Louisa Anne Ryland Bequest

1970 Jackson Travel Scholarship

1970 Louisa Anne Ryland Bequest

1972 Slade Leaving Scholarship (Boise)

1981 East Midlands Arts Purchase Award

1982 Midland View II, (Major Prize Winner)

1994 Pollock-Krasner Foundation Award

1995 Oppenheim-John Downes Memorial Award

2005 British Council Award

2006 Art Council Award

2008 British Council Award

2018 Gottlieb Foundation Award


1969 Southern Young Contemporaries 

1970 Southern Young Contemporaries (Arts Council Prize)

1970 Northern Young Contemporaries (Stuyvesant Prize)

1971 Northern Young Contemporaries (Arts Council Tour)

1972 Paolozzi’s Choice of Post Graduate Shows, Greenwich Theatre Art Gallery

1972 Platform ’72’, Museum of Modern Art, Oxford

1973 One Man Show, Greenwich Theatre Art Gallery

1974-1979 Various Mixed Exhibitions

1979 Nottingham University Art Gallery (Solo)

1980 Midland View (Touring)

1980  John Moores Liverpool Exhibition XII

1981 Nottingham University Art Gallery (three painters)

1981 Bluecoat Gallery, Liverpool (One Man Solo)

1981  Nottingham University Art Gallery (Solo)

1982 Midland View II (Major Prize Winner)

1982 Nottingham University Art Gallery (Solo)

1983  Leicester Schools Exhibition

1984 “One of a Kind’, Maryland Institute USA (Touring Show)

1984 Air Gallery, London

1984 Aberdeen Art Gallery

1985 Edinburgh College of Art

1985 Crawford Centre for the Arts, St. Andrew’s University

1985 Midland Group, Nottingham

1986 Odette Gilbert Gallery, 5 Cork Street, London

1989 Gallery 202, London (Solo)

1989 Woodlands Art Gallery, London (Solo)

1990 Hunting Group Exhibition, Mall Galleries, London

1991 Courtauld Institute, Loan Exhibition

1991 Hunting Group Exhibition, Mall Galleries, London & Paris 

1992 Grob Gallery, London (Solo) 

1992 Dormagen Kulturhaus, Germany 

1992 Factual Nonsense presents ‘A Guide for the Perplexed’

1992 Nottingham University Art Gallery (Solo Retrospective)

1993 Reg Vardy Art Gallery, Sunderland University (Solo) 

1993 Taborn’s Wet & Dry, Pastels (1991-1993) Factual Nonsense, London

1993 East Wing Collection, Courtauld Institute of Art.

1993 Hardcore, Factual Nonsense, London.

1993 F├ęte Worse Than Death, Factual Nonsense, London

1994 Hunting Group Exhibition, R.C.A., London and touring. 

1994 Seamless Cream, Factual Nonsense, London (Solo)

1994 Lead & Follow, The Continuity of Abstraction, Atlantis Gallery, London. 

1995 Djanogly Gallery, Nottingham UK (Solo)

1996 Gallery 27, Cork St. London

1996 Contemporary Art Society, South Bank, London

1996 Second Impression, Reg Vardy Art Gallery Sunderland

1998 Galeria Casa da Imogen, Curitha, Brazil

1998 Djanogly Gallery, Nottingham UK (Solo)

2000 JHW Fine Art, Air Gallery 32 Dover street, London (Solo)

2000 Galerie Martin Kudlek, Cologne, Germany

2001 ‘The Tomorrow Gate’ BritArt Gallery, London

2002 Singer& Friedlander Watercolour Competition, Mall Galleries, London

2004 Singer& Friedlander Watercolour Competition, Mall Galleries, London

2005 Singer& Friedlander Watercolour Competition, Mall Galleries, London

2005 Galerie Kusseneers, Antwerp, Belgium (solo)

2005 Art Cologne, Germany

2005 Ghent Art Fair, Belgium

2006 Art Cologne, Germany

2006 ‘Mind Matterss’ Galerie Kusseneers, Antwerp, Belgium (Solo)

2008 ‘Humunculus’ Robert Lehman Gallery, Brooklyn NY USA (Solo)

2010 LASSCO/Brunswick House (Solo)

2014 Dormagen Kulturhaus, Germany

2019 Kudlek Gallery, Cologne, Germany


Courtauld Institute

The Warwick Arts Trust

Nottingham Trust

Essex and Metropolitan Estates plc

Duchess of Westminster

Dormagen Art Collection (Germany)

Government Art Collection (UK)


Music Workshop, London South Bank Art Centre,

Rambert Dance Project, Arnolfini Gallery, Bristol.

Monotype Workshop, Air Gallery, London

What People Say

“extraordinary subtlety, and impressive underlying urgency”

John Russel Taylor, The Times 1989

“excellent abstract paintings…”

A. Gordon, The Hill 1989 

Don’t cry because it’s over, smile “complex and alive”.

A.Sebestyen, New Statesman 1989

David Taborn – Artist

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