following biographical text has been taken from an account written
by Marshall Anderson in his Introduction to "Soloists: an exhibition
of Outsider Art in Scotland", held at art.tm gallery, Inverness,
in 1998. The Catalogue is available from art.tm in Inverness on
a CD-ROM, at £10.
McCormick was born in 1945 in Torryburn, Fife, Scotland. He left
school at age 15 and worked at the pithead of a local coalmine for
2 years, breaking up slag. He then joined the army and served overseas,
but to escape from the insanities and stresses of the war, he drank
heavily, and was discharged for being drunk and disorderly. He returned
to Britain and worked on construction sites.
the age of 24, for no explicable reason, Dave started to to draw
with whatever was to hand - pencils and felt-tip marker pens. This
activity signalled the start of self-motivated rehabilitation. After
a year of drawing, Dave exhibited two works at the Demarco Gallery
in Edinburgh. In 1998, he exhibited some of his highly-coloured
marker-pen drawings at art.tm at the "Outsider Artists in Scotland".
has done little drawing since 1993, with his creativity since then
finding an outlet in his ornate and elaborate garden (for which
he has won prizes), and numerous pieces of furniture and sculpture
that he makes from reclaimed plywood. He says his garden is a spiritual
place which is good for the head. He has made over 26 chairs, most
of which he has given away. Whenever asked about the origins of
his imagery and designs he replies, "It's just the way they
turn out." Yes, that's all we can say, as this is the pure
and simple truth!