David Faithfull


Communication Design, Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design

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David Faithfull is an artist, printmaker, illustrator and curator. He publishes Artists’ Book, Prints and Multiples under the Semper Fidelis imprint.

Much of his work focuses on the natural environment, through Palindromic and Panoramic forms and sequences.

The ‘Palindromic Landscape’ was conceived by Faithfull to interpret a particular aspect or scene, from diametrically opposing viewpoints or emotional states, regularly incorporating locally sourced oak gall ink. These explorations, often representing the topography of the Hebrides, have been translated into numerous Artists’ Book collaborations and prints since first being exhibited in Verona in 1997. They have subsequently evolved into collaborations with Scottish writers, their text providing an additional antithesis or counterpoint to the visual thesis.

These include publishing ‘Jura’ with the poet John Burnside in 2008, additionally featured as a visual synthesis in Polygon's 'The Spirit of Jura' with writer and psychogeographer Will Self.

Other publishing collaborations include the Gaelic Arts Agency’s ‘An Leabhar Mor’ interpreting Uist poet Donald Macintyre’s words and ‘Centum’, in collaboration with poet Ken Cockburn for the Scottish fund managers Baillie Gifford.

Additional projects involve curating the highly acclaimed exhibition ‘Inkubator’. This revolved around the problematic nature of Artist’s Books, where the actual handling and curatorial presentation of these works, are often in conflict with their integral conception.

He has exhibited extensively and has work in collections including Tate Britain and the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, as well as numerous private collections and is currently on the Boards of Edinburgh Printmakers and the SSA.


Title: Curatorial research exploring the genre of Artists Books: investigating how a curator can make Artists Books more accessible to a wider public and influence the viewers’ experience of a particular book or collection? 


Durham Art Gallery and DLI Museum: 12.09.09 – 18.10.09
Conceived and curated by David Faithfull
Funded by Durham Council: Direct funding to DF: £4600.00

Type of Output:

Art, Media, Visual Studies

Sub Theme

Curation as practice

Word & Image

Artists’ practice-led research

Large scale art and design projects

Collaborators including:

Baltic, Gateshead

Charlottenborg Kunsthall, Copenhagen, Denmark

David Risley Gallery, Copenhagen and London

Globe Gallery, Newcastle

Vane Gallery, Newcastle

Eagle Gallery, London

Locus+, Gateshead

Edinburgh Printmakers

Bookworks, London

James Acord, USA

Gary Goldstein, Israel

Noreen Grahame, Australia

Frans Baake, Netherlands

Martin Bell/Paul Coldwell, UK

Borbonesa, Brighton,UK

J L Williams, Edinburgh, UK

Angus Boulton, UK

Louise K Wilson, UK

Gerald Laing, UK



Published by the Scottish Book Trust

Funded by Arts and Business, The Scottish Book Trust and The Jura Distillery: Direct funding to DF: £11,300.00

Collaboration and residency on the Jura Malt Whisky Writers’ Retreat with poet John Burnside, relating to the Landscape, its history and the Gaelic place names


John Burnside
The Scottish Book Trust
The Jura Distillery

Research Theme:

Art, Media, Visual Studies

Sub Theme

Word & Image

Artists’ practice-led research


Published by Polygon

Funded by Birlinn and The Scottish Book Trust:

No direct funding to DF

Practice led research into collaborative publishing processes between visual artists and writers, with specific focus on landscapes, both rural and urban, particularly the concept of a Palindromic Landscape


John Burnside

Will Self

Janice Galloway

Bernard Crick

Romesh Gunesekera

Ken Cockburn

Scottish Book Trust



Research Theme:

Art, Media, Visual Studies

Sub Theme

Word & Image

Artists’ practice-led research

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