David Gould’s work includes landscapes and still lifes, painted directly from observation, and representational and non representational works in low relief
Most of these paintings are of small groupings of fruit, in direct sunlight, arranged in rows or other simple patterns. Like miniature landscapes, they focus on the characteristic shapes and colours of each piece and grouping of fruit. There are also paintings of ruined, discarded shoes and boots, found by chance, and depicted in oil on paper considerably larger than life size.
These studies of ancient worn-out shoes and industrial workers’ boots portray the corpses of once working footwear–which are visually richer in death than in life-the ghosts of people and times past- and the passing of an age of hardship and heavy industry. The great beauty of very old worn leather and fragments of rusting metal, glowing in warm sunlight, evoke a lifetime of wear, toil and the individuals who once wore them, and perhaps recall the original meaning of nature mort.