David Ben White (b. 1965) is a British artist based in London. He works in painting, sculpture and installation, graduating from Chelsea College of Art (2011) and Central St. Martins College of Art, London (2006).
He seeks to undermine the self-enclosed logic of modernist architecture, design and art. Working in institutional and corporate public spaces that reflect the ongoing allure of modernist mythology, White metaphorically takes on the role as interior designer. As such he creates environments that offer a counter-narrative, offering a new set of possibilities to their surroundings.
Through the depiction and stylisation of domestic environments White introduces rogue ingredients within the modernist DNA structure. This accent on the domestic interior space, with its familiar tropes, allows for a more personal space to emerge in contrast with the modernist logic in which we have become familiar. Recalling conversations with his late grandmother, Elizabeth Benjamin, a committed modernist architect whose belief in the unifying force of modernist design was absolute, White’s work sets out to challenge some of her assumptions.