David Mach

Gavin Hastings, b. 1962. Rugby player (1996)

About this artwork

Gavin Hastings retired from international rugby in 1995 having played sixty-one matches for his country, twenty of them as captain. David Mach has shown Hastings against a background made from postcards of a purple heather-covered hillside. Mach said of Hastings, 'He's a big rugged man, a tough bloke; it's a tough game.' Of his choice of postcard, he said, It's a twee thing, a preconceived idea about Scotland; rolling heather and pretty glens. That fitted with the photograph and physically the two things worked well together'.

David Mach

David Mach

David Mach was born in Methil, in Fife. He studied at the Duncan Jordanstone College, Dundee 1974 - 79 and the Royal College of Art in London 1979 - 82. He made a dramatic debut into the world of public sculpture in 1983 when he constucted the submarine Polaris out of thousands of tyres on the South Bank of the Thames. Other projects include the 'Big Heids' on the M8 motorway between Glasgow and Edinburgh. Mach's strikingly original sculptures and collages are created from found materials - coathangers, postcards, matches etc. He was elected to the Royal Academy of Arts in 1998.