David Trigg

Art Writer, Critic & Art Historian

United Kingdom

David Trigg is an art writer and critic based in Bristol, UK. He is a regular contributor to books on contemporary art and his reviews, features and interviews with artists have been published in Studio International, ArtReview, Art Quarterly, Art Monthly, Frieze, The Burlington Magazine, Art Papers and Art in Print.

His book Reading Art (Phaidon Press, 2018) explores the relationship between art and literature, creatively tracing the history of how artists have depicted books as symbols, subjects and objects. It was featured on BBC Radio 4’s Open Book programme and was selected by The Times as a book of the year. His latest book, Spring (Tate Publishing, 2020), explores the season of spring through 50 artworks from the Tate collection.

David's writing appears in numerous other books on art, including Latin American Artists: From 1785 to Now (Phaidon 2023), Vitamin C+ (Phaidon 2023), Great Women Painters (Phaidon, 2022), Vitamin D3 (Phaidon, 2021), 30-Second Great Art (Ivy Press, 2018), Flying Too Close to the Sun (Phaidon, 2018), Body of Art (Phaidon, 2015) and The Twenty-First Century Art Book (Phaidon, 2014). His interviews with artists are included in Talking Art 2 (Ridinghouse, 2018). He has a PhD in Art History from the University of Bristol and is a member of the International Association of Art Critics.

Studio International
Elias Sime: Eregata እርጋታ

In the Ethiopian artist Elias Sime's first major European museum exhibition, labour-intensive works made from discarded electronic components sit alongside clay vessels and mud-and-straw sculptures, prompting us to reconsider the role of technology in our lives.

Studio International
Mohammed Sami: The Point 0

When US bombs began raining down on Baghdad in 2003, the Iraqi painter Mohammed Sami (b1984) was at home with his parents and nine siblings, fearing for his life.

Joyfully Disjointed: 'Mixing It Up: Painting Today' - Review

There's no discernible theme to this exuberant multigenerational survey at London's Hayward Gallery - just an exhibition boldly living up to its title. Painting is having its temperature taken again, and evidently the patient is in rude health.

Diane Simpson at Nottingham Contemporary

Diane Simpson's Samurai 10 (1983) is an impossibly flimsy-looking sculpture. Despite finding its inspiration in the armour of elite Japanese warriors, this wonky freestanding work looks ready to crumple at the slightest breeze. Decorated with pale-red-and-white pencil grids, its intersecting MDF planes pivot and bend in accordance with an unfathomably strange yet satisfying geometry.