David Cousley makes furniture and sculptural work from his workshop in Co. Monaghan. Born in Belfast, he graduated with a BA Hons degree in Fine Art from the University of Ulster in 1991.
Much of his work is materials led, with wood sourced from wind fallen and storm damaged trees informing the work. The path from field to finished piece has become important to the nature of his work and to his process of working. Increasingly, he is looking for forms within solid wood and carving directly into large sections. In each piece, the direct, playful and unpredictable nature of this way of working are juxtaposed with quieter, more traditional cabinetmaking techniques.
He is interested in exploring a simplicity of line and form in his work, and the flow and tension between these hard lines and edges, and the soft tactile forms that connect them.