David Borrington MA RCA
David Borrington’s work explores, and is a direct response to, fast-moving current social and world events. Through exposing flaws in the crumbling western democratic model – which is too often brutal, unjust and oppressive – his work aims to support the growth of true democracy and justice for all mankind
His work finds resonance in the words of the late Justice William Douglas: “As nightfall does not come all at once, neither does oppression. In both instances, there is a twilight when everything remains seemingly unchanged. And it is in such a twilight that we all must be most aware of change in the air – however slight – lest we become unwitting victims of the darkness.”
Despite being severely dyslexic, Borrington’s natural skepticism and innate sense of justice leads him to question propaganda of all kinds but most especially that disseminated by 24/7 news streams and corrupt elites. While technology helps him overcome his disadvantages in writing and reading, his research benefits from an extremely precise long-term memory and visual recognition (found in only 0.02 percent of the population). That puts him in a unique position to create and analyse his surroundings within the visual arts, a truly unique perspective on the world.
While far too many people readily accept the convoluted justifications for war and aggression put out by the media and politicians, Borrington is guided by a very simple philosophy in his research – ‘cui bono’ – meaning, who benefits. More recently, he has developed a growing interest in law, especially in common law and the English constitution.
As Borrington says, “it’s an artist’s responsibility in society to record their surroundings through visual art as they see it – whether political, social, horrific, beautiful, sublime with as much honestly as possible. It’s a unique gift which artists share. However, this is also where artists and the legal profession have the potential to seamlessly integrate with each other. We have the same attributes and responsibilities to society, it is time for us to unite and stand together.”