David Mach

Yvonne Murray, b. 1964. Athlete (1996)

About this artwork

Edinburgh-born Murray was one of Britain's most successful athletes during the 1980s and 1990s. She won 3000m bronze, silver and gold medals at European Championships, World Cups and the Olympic Games. In this collage, Murray's photograph is interwoven by thousands of postcards of Jayne Mansfield, the glamorous Hollywood starlet who was killed in a car accident in 1967. David Mach enjoyed the contrast between Yvonne, 'so kind of nice' , and Mansfield, 'a sexy, busty blonde that your mother would be disturbed by if you brought her home'.

  • title: Yvonne Murray, b. 1964. Athlete
  • accession number: PG 3047
  • artist: David MachScottish (born 1956)
  • depicted: Yvonne Murray
  • gallery: In Storage
  • object type: Photograph
  • subject: Collage Sport and leisure
  • date created: 1996
  • measurements: 181.00 x 181.00 cm (framed: 191.50 x 191.70 x 9.30 cm)
  • credit line: Commissioned 1996
  • copyright: © David Mach
  • photographer: Antonia Reeve

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.