David Walter McDermott was born in 1952 in Hollywood, in California,
and he studied at Syracuse University, New York, from 1970 to 1974.
Peter Thomas McGough was born in 1958 in New York,
where he studied until 1976.
Their first exhibition, “Meiji Paintings,”
was held in 1983 at the North Store Gallery, New York.
They have had many solo shows dedicated to their work
in the United States, amongst which some
of the most recent are Culmination
(Vito Schnabel, New York, 2014),
Suspicious of rooms without music or atmosphere
(Cheim & Read, New York, 2013),
Of Being and Beauty (Cheim & Read, New York, 2011),
Detroit: Carbro Prints 1958 (Weinstein Gallery, Minneapolis, 2009).
Works by the two artists have also
been presented in Europe,
most recently Iconic & New Paintings,
Jablonka Maruani (Mercier Gallery, Brussels, Belgium, 2014),
In Dreams You’re Mine, (Galerie Jerôme de Noirmont, Paris 2012),
26 Sandymount Avenue (Kunsthalle Wien, Austria, 2010),
What You Mean To Me (Galerie Jérôme de Noirmont, Paris, 2010),
Without You I Am Nothing (Galerie Jérôme de Noirmont, Paris, 2009),
and An Experience of Amusing Chemistry:
Photographs 1990-1890 (Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, 2008).
In Italy, works by McDermott & McGough
were shown for the first time in 1986
at Lucio Amelio’s gallery in Naples,
and later in Milan, at the Gian Ferrari gallery
with the exhibition “1936” held in 1996.