Harry began collecting art more than 25 years ago, but it wasn’t until about 2010 that it evolved into a focus on African art and its diaspora, including African American art.
The Harry David Art Collection looks to the cultural, political and historical voices that reflect the vibrantly changing Continent. Works in the collection form a myriad of post-colonial discussions exploring war, history of slavery, immigration and displacement, famine and ecology, gender, craft and portraiture.
Artists represented include established and internationally recognised names alongside young and upcoming practitioners. They include Wangechi Mutu, Pascale Marthine Tayou, Ibrahim Mahama, William Kentridge, Abdoulaye Konate, Romuald Hazoume, Meschac Gaba, Kendell Geers, Michael Armitage, Lisa Brice, Lebohang Kganye and Lynette Yiadom-Boakye. African American artists in the collection include Rashid Johnson, Ellen Gallagher, Mickalene Thomas, Sanford Biggers, Theaster Gates and Toyin Ojih Odutola.
Harry and Lana David
Harry David spent his early years growing up in Nigeria, and is now based between Nicosia (Cyprus), Lagos (Nigeria), and Athens (Greece). He has been collecting contemporary art for the past 25 years, with a sharp focus on the art of Africa and its diaspora.
Lana de Beer David was born and raised in South Africa and is now based between Nicosia (Cyprus) and Athens (Greece).
Together, they are active patrons of Tate, through its African Acquisitions Committee; the Studio Museum, Harlem, by way of its Global Council; and London’s The Showroom.
The Harry David Art Collection is dedicated to making the collection openly accessible to a global audience through museums and public institutions and thus to the general public.
Taking the form of both short and long term loans, our commitment is an essential and active part of the collection.