More about David's paintings...

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David's figurative paintings show us real people, but don't show us the real world. It's a carefully rearranged world of anxious encounters and deviant ritual aiming to invoke feelings of foreboding and melancholy in us.

The pictures sit outside of a recognisable time-frame and often represent unlikely groups of curious and seemingly disparate characters (a shaman, a figure wrapped in polythene, masked children, contortionists). Their intentions are ambiguous. Are they the welcoming committee or the death squad? Entertainers or sorcerers? It is left up to us to conjure the narrative.

Other pictures suggest a fundamentally ridiculous relationship between humans and simple machinery (a woman who seems to have coalesced with her sewing machine, a headless man being led around by a wheelbarrow).

"I heard someone describe David's work as poignant and I think that’s true… without wanting to get too deep, it seems like a comment on the human condition, that in the end we’re all alone.” Simone Pereira Hind, critic


25 Feb – 20 Mar 2011 Basket House Village Universe London N16 7NJ MAP Open 12-5pm 
Saturday & Sunday 
or by appointment Email: 
Tel: 0207 2410568

Solo painting show for February

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David's next exhibition is SUPERSINGULAR - a solo show of recent paintings at the fantastic BASKET HOUSE VILLAGE UNIVERSE space in Stoke Newington. The date to put in your diary is the opening night on Friday 25 February 2011. More details to follow soon... SUPERSINGULAR DAVID CAINES PAINTINGS

25 Feb - 20 Mar 2011 Basket House Village Universe London N16 7NJ MAP Open 12-5pm 
Saturday & Sunday 
or by appointment Email: 
Tel: 0207 2410568

BHVU last weekend

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The BHVU Winter Open in Stoke Newington closes tomorrow (Sunday 19th December) at 6pm. If you're stuck in Stoke Newington in the snow this weekend, why not go and have a look? As well as the art there's a Christmas Market. Perfect for a special gift.

BHVU Winter Open Exhibition

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David has had two paintings (i found you on the street and there's a squid problem) accepted into the BHVU Winter Open Exhibition which will be open from 27th November - 19th December 2010 at Basket House Village Universe in Leswin Place, London N16.. The private view will be on Thursday 25 November. More details to follow shortly...

New work sneak preview

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I've posted a few images from the shoot I did with photographer Kalpesh Lathigra. During the ORDINARY MONSTERS exhibition in Brick Lane, Kalpesh and I shot members of the public wearing masks and headgear that I'd made that were directly influenced by the characters in my paintings. The resulting images will be exhibited in my next exhibition in February...

Ordinary Monsters exhibition opens this week!

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The latest exhibition organised by my collaborative art space Salon16 opens this week for four days only. Of course I'd love you see you there. Why not come to the opening night party and see Bunny de Sade perform her 'musical soundscrape'? Or pop in on Sunday and model for award-winning photographer Kalpesh Lathigra? Or just come along any time between Saturday and Tuesday and see what all the fuss is about! For more information and the latest updates visit WHO'S TAKING PART?

ORDINARY MONSTERS Four days of art, photography & performance

features recent figurative paintings by DAVID CAINES;  photography by TESS HURRELL from her Basic Needs project: portrait photography by KALPESH LATHIGRA from his Recruits project; and extraordinary images documenting the social, sexual and sartorial liberties taken in nightclubs over a period of 20 years by DAVID SWINDELLS.


Saturday 18 September  - Tuesday 21 September 2010

65 Hanbury Street Brick Lane London E1 5JP

Opening times 10am - 6pm

Tube: Aldgate East Overground: Shoreditch High Street



PRIVATE VIEW Friday 17 September 2010 From 6pm


Musical saw virtuoso Bunny de Sade with members of The Readers




Sunday 19 September

12 - 4pm

Salon16 is proud to announce a special event on Sunday 19 September as part of the Ordinary Monsters exhibition.

Between 12-4pm, award-winning photographer Kalpesh Lathigra will be taking portraits of visitors to exhibition.

For just £5 members of the public will have the opportunity to be photographed by Kalpesh. In keeping with the theme of the exhibition, visitors will be asked to don a mask or headgear made by David Caines, and will be photographed both with and without the headgear. Contributors will be sent a high resolution digital file of their unmasked portrait for them to keep. The masked and anonymous portraits will be exhibited by Salon16 at a later date.

All are welcome, especially families.



Salon16 limited edition prints will be on sale at the event. RSVP for a 10% discount on the day. Follow this link.


For more information please visit

Illustrations for Streetwise Opera

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Streetwise Opera is an amazing organisation that stages professional operas performed by people who have experienced homelessness. They recently commissioned me to create four images for their upcoming winter production FABLES. The four fables are The Boy Who Cried Wolf, Oscar Wilde's The Nightingale & The Rose, Hey! Come On Out! by Shinichi Hoshi, and the story of The Hartlepool Monkey. The performances are to be filmed and screened as the highlight of this winter's Shoreditch Music Festival.

Exhibition opens tonight

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A new art event in Stoke Newington opens tonight. The BHVU Open Summer Exhibition showcases local, national and international talent. David's painting 'I know where i'm going' features in the show. Everyone is welcome for a drink and to vote for their favourite artwork. PRIVATE VIEW Thursday 8 July 6-9pm

OPEN Friday 9th , Saturday 10th & Sunday 11th July 12 - 5 pm

BHVU, Unit A, Leswin Place, Stoke Newington, London N16 7NJ

All works are for sale.

More information

BHVU Open '10

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David's painting 'I know where i'm going' has been selected for the BHVU Open Summer Exhibition. This event showcases local, UK and international artists and takes place between 9-11 July in Stoke Newington. The artist with the most votes is offered a solo show in 2011, so come along and vote for David's painting!

BHVU Open Summer Exhibition

PRIVATE VIEW Thursday 8 July 6-9pm

OPEN Friday 9th , Saturday 10th & Sunday 11th July 12 - 5 pm

BHVU, Unit A, Leswin Place, Stoke Newington, London N16 7NJ

All works are for sale.

For more information visit the BHVU website

Lumos website design

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David Caines Unlimited has designed the website for children's charity Lumos. The charity, originally called The Children’s High Level Group, was co-founded by author J K Rowling. The new name, Lumos, is named after the spell in J K Rowling's Harry Potter books. (In the books, Lumos causes a small beam of light to emit from the spell-caster's wand.)

Lumos has unveiled its new name and look with a rallying call to put an end to the systematic institutionalisation of disadvantaged children across Central and Eastern Europe.

To find out more about their work, or to support them, take a look at the new website.

Site designed by David Caines Unlimited.

Site built by Flowlabs

Content strategy by Grenier

Lumos logo design: OTM Create