N°83  Año 2023

David Félix

David Felix is an English visual poet whose writing takes on a variety of forms, in collage, in three dimensions, in galleries, festivals, publications, performances and video.

Born sometime during the last century he comes from a family of artists, magicians and tailors and was raised on oil paint, quickness of the hand and Singer sewing machines.

David delights in collected letterforms - everything from Phoenician scripts to fonts from the 1900s blended with for example, his own hand-drawn alphabets, graffiti, Shaker gift drawings and so on. We can, he says, do anything we want to.

And related to the meaning of language he will use etymology, Old English forms of text, children's phrasing, made up words, nonsense, whatever works in context.

David is still thrilled by that combination of the verbal and the visual that he first found as a student in the nineteen sixties: the rippling text of Apollinaire’s rain poem, the formality of George Herbert, the freshness of the Brazilian Poesia Concreta and their European counterparts Gomringer and Fahlström, the invention of Joan Brossa, the freedom and rule breaking that came with Dada and Futurism, painter poets such as Adrian Henri and John Furnival, the slightly smudged typescripts of Dom Sylvester Houédard, the conciseness of Ian Hamilton Finlay . . . . delighted over the years to find a tradition and history of picture poems, a body of ‘poesia visual’ that stretches back to Rome and Persia and to Simmias of Rhodes in 327 BCE . . . .