David Gill inaugurated his first gallery on London’s Fulham Road in 1987. From the opening he exhibited work by world-renowned artists such as Jean Cocteau, Giacometti, Yves Klein and Henri Matisse. The first furniture he sold included historic pieces by Le Corbusier, Jean-Michel Frank and Mies Van Der Rohe. David began to collaborate with Designers, Artists and Architects to establish a new canon of limited edition pieces, exhibiting Minimalist Artist Donald Judd’s aluminium furniture in 1990.
In 1999, David expanded his operations to a new gallery in Vauxhall, renovating a large warehouse to his own design. The multi-storied space became a centre for international art gatherings and exhibitions, including an important installation of works by Paul McCarthy, the first in Britain. His collaboration with Line Vautrin brought her international acclaim, culminating in the 1999 ground-breaking exhibition at the Musée des Arts Decoratifs in Paris.
In 2012, David Gill opened his third gallery in St James’s, opposite Christie’s, where he had once started his career. The first exhibition in the new space was Zaha Hadid’s Liquid Glacial Collection, followed by Gaetano Pesce’s Tables on Water in October of the same year. In 2015 David paired up with Curator Peter Fleissig for two solo exhibitions: Jorge Pardo’s Meretricious and Michele Oka Doner’s Mysterium.
Over the last thirty years, David Gill Gallery has evolved into a global presence, exhibiting in Basel, Dubai, London, Miami, New York, San Francisco and Shanghai. Its vibrant contemporary program features collaborations with leading international Artists, Architects and Designers including Barnaby Barford, Mattia Bonetti, the Campana Brothers, Sir David Chipperfield, Michele Oka Doner, the late Dame Zaha Hadid, Jorge Pardo, Gaetano Pesce, and Fredrikson Stallard. Works from the gallery can be found in esteemed private and public collections, including the Victoria and Albert Museum in London and the Museum of Modern Art in San Francisco.
David Gill is a benefactor of museums and public institutions worldwide. He has supported major exhibitions, including the seminal 2014 Gaetano Pesce retrospective at the Zaha Hadid designed Maxxi Museum in Rome, as well as shows at Le Grand Hornu in Belgium, the MAD Museum in New York, and the Fondazione Berengo in Venice. David Gill collaborated on the Summer Artist residencies at Hydra Projects, with Garouste and Bonetti (1996) and Grayson Perry (1999), who he first exhibited in 1992.
David Gill has been honoured both with the Chevalier of the Ordre des Arts & des Lettres and as Officier of the Ordre des Arts & des Lettres. The publication ‘David Gill: Designing Art’ is now out, published by Vendome. It features never-before-published photography of his galleries; exclusive and personal interviews; photographs of private collections, interiors and artworks; and a unique insight into the world of a man whose attention to detail and unfaltering eye for the beautiful is widely regarded as without equal. It is available to order here.