David McDiarmid is a Glasgow-based artist working primarily with painting and model-making. His practice seeks to examine the concept of megalomania in architecture; the means by which the built environment is often purposefully designed, constructed and used as a tool for power and propaganda. In producing his work McDiarmid incorporates materials typically associated with construction, often painting on surfaces cast with cement, plaster or concrete and juxtaposing them with precious materials such as gold leaf to further explore the artifice of grandeur.


David McDiarmid is Glasgow-based artist and co-founder of the organisation Visual Artist Unit. Graduated in Painting from Gray’s School of Art in 2013, now works in VAU studios at Crownpoint. Past exhibitions include RSA New Contemporaries 2014 and solo shows at Inverness Museum and Art Gallery as well as Interview Room 11 in Edinburgh.