Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery

Zadok Ben-David: Human Nature

Detail of butterflies with human bodies tiny sculptures of stainless steel

Gallery opening Hours

Tuesday - Saturday 11am - 5pm.


Take a closer look – things aren’t always quite what they seem.

A suspended disc hovering above comes to life under UV light to celebrate the rhythmic beauty of nature. A field of miniature plants resembles a bush fire-ravaged landscape, only to reveal new life.

These two breathtaking installations are the centrepiece of Human Nature, an exhibition by prominent Yemen-born, London-based artist Zadok Ben-David that brings optimism and a touch of magic to issues such as our relationship with nature and our views of life and death.

The exhibition is presented as part of Perth Festival supported by Perth Festival Visual Arts Program Partner Wesfarmers Arts. 

Image: Zadok Ben-David, The Other Side of Midnight (detail), 2013, hand painted stainless steel, dia. 300cm. Courtesy Shoshana Wayne. 

Exhibition runs

10 February - 21 April 2018

Gallery open: Tuesday - Saturday, 11am - 5pm 

Artist: Zadok Ben-David

Zadok Ben-David is a Yemen-born Israeli artist living in London. He graduated in advanced sculpture from St. Martin's School of Art in London and is the recipient of numerous awards.

In 1988 he represented Israel at the Venice Biennale and in 2008 he was commissioned to make a sculpture for the Beijing Olympics. His work is exhibited internationally, most recently in Singapore, Sydney and Los Angeles.

Exhibition guide and list of works

The exhibition catalogue includes curator Felicity Fenner's accompanying text, images of the artwork and list of exhibited works.

Book cover of Human Nature depicting disc sculpture of brightly painted butterflies with human bodies

Monograph - Zadok Ben-David: Human Nature

Zadok Ben-David's inspiration derives from nature, science, magic and illusion. The psychological installation Blackfield (2007), with thousands of flowers, and the magical The Other Side of Midnight (2013), which incorporates hundreds of insects, exemplify one of the characteristics of Ben-David's work: the use of multiplicity as an organising principle. He creates an alternate amplified viewing space where the relationship between viewer (human) and artwork (nature) is both sacred and destabilising.

This first comprehensive monograph of the Zadok Ben-David's work highlights four major installations in all their magical detail, as well as outdoor sculpture created over 20 years.

  • Authors: Felicity Fenner, Yael Guilat, John McDonald and Fumio Nanjo
  • Foreword: Richard Cork
  • Designer: Herman Lelie
  • Published on 1 November 2017  
  • Hardcover 32 x 29cm 12 ¾ × 11 ½ in 320pp Approx. 250 b&w and colour illustrations
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