About The Artist

David Teeple is a visual artist living and working in Massachusetts, US. His media are installation, sculpture, photography, works on paper, and video.


In the design studio

In the fabrication studio



“As a multimedia and conceptual artist, David Teeple has amassed a body of work that is simultaneously simple and complex, sculptures that use the unique physical and optical properties of water, glass, and light to create significant perceptual experiences that also address the ecological issues of water and its use and abuse. The Artist Book Foundation is delighted to announce the publication of David Teeple, a monograph that will present his oeuvre—a poetry of light created through the intersection of water and glass—as it challenges viewers to rethink the relationship between perception and interpretation, and how we interact with place.

The subject of water is enormous and ancient, from creation myths to energy generation. Water—elusive, ever-shifting, eternally in flux—has become a central element of the artist’s vocabulary; it is his subject, material, and experience as he asks questions about perception, structure, and psychology. His installations combine simple materials in essential repetitive patterns to create complex visual effects in what have been described as living paintings of water. Teeple generates a state of play and wonder in his installations and then invites viewers to enter the works, not only to experience them but to participate as essential performers. By moving around and through the works, they enable the dynamics of the experience to unfold and reveal the transcendental and sublime.

Teeple’s sculptures are found in a number of public collections such as the Museum of Contemporary Art in San Diego, CA; The Athenaeum, La Jolla, CA; the Weisman Foundation, Beverly Hills, CA; the University Museum of Contemporary Art, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA; the Museum of Fine Arts, Springfield, MA; the Yuma Art Center, Yuma, AZ; and Hampshire College, Amherst, MA. His works are also in private collections throughout the United States and internationally.


Carter Ratcliff is an American writer, poet, art critic, and contributing editor of Art in America. He has authored works on John Singer Sargent, Jackson Pollock, and Andy Warhol. His work has been published by the Museum of Modern Art and the Guggenheim Museum in New York City; the Royal Academy, London; and MAXXI, the National Museum of XXI Century Arts, Rome. Jennifer Trainer, the executive director of the Hancock Shaker Village in Pittsfield, MA, is also a writer and director; her most recent film is Museum Town, a documentary describing the creation of the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art in North Adams. Christopher Sharples is an architect based in New York City and one of the founding principles of SHoP Architects. He has taught architecture at Cornell, Yale, Columbia, the Parsons School of Design, and the University of Virginia.”

The Artist Book Foundation 2019