David exhibits landscape paintings in London and across England, with collectors in locations spanning across four continents, from Great Britain and Europe to New York.
Born in London, to an English mother and Scottish father, he first lived in Chelsea. His family then moved to near St. Leonards Forest in Sussex when he was young, where the space and freedom of natural landscapes had a significant effect on him. As did annual family trips to the Scottish countryside.
He was taught by painter John Macraffry during his Art Diploma, achieving a distinction, before completed a Degree in Applied Arts from Manchester Metropolitan University, corresponding with the sculptor Richard Deacon. He moved on into industry as a sculptor on the large works of Anselm Keifer and Anish Kapoor, developing experience of using space, surface and form. This he has carried into his current full-time arts practice as an ‘en plein air’ and studio Landscape Painter. The living painter influences, with whom he has had exhibitions, critiques and discussions include Anne Magill and Allan Ramsay. Their shared exhibitions include: Cameron Contemporary Art, Hove & Battersea, Phoenix Arts, Brighton and the Mall Galleries, London SW1.
He spent time as a lecturer before becoming a full-time studio Fine Art Painter. He paints on location, en plein air, across Hampshire and Sussex in England, and in France and Italy.
He was selected by Somerset House Art Critic, Stephen Doherty, for the 2015 ING Discerning Eye Exhibition at the Mall Galleries, London SW1. He exhibited again at the Discerning Eye 2017, this time as an invited artist. He reached the final judging for selection of the Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize exhibition in 2015, Mall Galleries London and in 2016 selected for the exhibition. He was pre-selected for the Royal Society of British Artists Open Exhibition, Mall Galleries in 2016. In 2019 & 2020 his work made final selection at the NEAC Open Exhibition at the Mall Galleries, London SW1.
In 2019, he donated to the South Downs Trust Auction, Goodwood and donated to the ‘Big Heart Auction’ exhibition at the Brighton Dome. He has been featured in Saatchi Art artists to look at – Invest in Art, 2015, Saatchi Featured Artist, 2016 and Saatchi Art’s Artist of the Day, 2016. In 2016, he won Paint Out/ Sussex Life magazine’s Landscape Painter of the Year.
“The winning entry was chosen for its drama and powerful capturing of not only the landscape but also of how the light can shape that landscape. The work revels in the scale of the subject and plays with the concept of landscape through its square format. It is immersive: the viewer is seduced to come ever closer to the work, much as we are when the landscape is before us”
(Sussex Life/ Paint Out, Landscape Painting of the Year, 2016 – image above: South Downs Sienna V)
Exhibitions & Prizes & Projects & Residencies
Battersea Art Fair, Cameron Contemporary Art, October 2021
New English Art Club, NEAC Annual Exhibition final round, Mall Galleries, London SW1, 2020
Cameron Contemporary Art, Festival Exhibition, April – July 2019
JP Art Exhibition, Blackheath, London SE3 03A, 1st March – 7th April 2019
NEAC Annual Exhibition Final Round, Mall Galleries, London SW1, April 2019
Battersea Art Fair, Cameron Contemporary Art, C2, March 2019
Biscuit Factory Spring Exhibition, Newcastle, 1st March – 26th May 2019
Cameron Contemporary Art Gallery, Winter Show, 2nd Avenue, Hove, December 2018 – January 2019
Mall Galleries online, London SW1, August – December 2018
New Ashgate Gallery, Surrey, November – December 2018
Mall Galleries online, London SW1, April-August 2018
Nadia Waterfield, Hampshire, Autumn 2018
Gallery 57, Summer Show, Arundel, West Sussex – May-August 2018
Cameron Contemporary Art Gallery, Festival Show, May 2018 – June 2018, 2nd Avenue, Hove
Battersea AAF, Cameron Contemporary Gallery, London, March 2018
Wills Group Show, Putney Wandsworth, London, Jan. Feb. 2018
‘Making a Mark’ Art Blog review, 2017
The Discerning Eye Exhibition – ‘Invited Artist’ by Miranda Richardson (Actor, Art Collector and Selector) Mall Galleries, London, SW1, November, 2017
Cameron Contemporary Art Gallery, Winter Show, Nov. 2017 – Feb. 2018, 2nd Avenue, Hove
Gallery 57, Group Show, Arundel, West Sussex, Winter, 2017/2018
Gallery 57, Group Show, Arundel, West Sussex, Autumn, 2017
‘Featured Artist’ Cameron Contemporary Art Gallery Summer Show, Hove, East Sussex, 2017
‘Landscape Painter of the Year Winner 2016’ – Sussex Life Magazine/ Paint Out, exhibition, articles and an interview, January & April 2017
Battersea AAF, Cameron Contemporary Art, London, Spring 2017
Saatchi Art – ‘Artist of the Day’, December 2016
Cameron Contemporary Art Gallery, Winter Show, 2016, 2nd Avenue, Hove
Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize National Exhibition, 2016, Mall Galleries, London SW1
Cameron Contemporary Art Gallery, Summer Show 2016, 2nd Avenue, Hove
Phoenix Arts Association, Open Studios, May 2016
Saatchi Art, ‘New Artists Feature’, April 2016
ING/ Discerning Eye Exhibition 2015, Mall Galleries, London – selected by Stephen Doherty, Art Critic, Somerset House, London
ING/ Discerning Eye Exhibition 2015, Guildford House Gallery, Guildford, Surrey
Shortlisted for Royal Society of British Artists (RBA) Open Exhibition 2015, Mall Galleries, London, SW1
Saatchi Art chief Curator features ‘Sussex Downs Sunset XXVII’, ‘Invest in Art’, October 2015
Inside Sussex, Interview with artist, 2015
Artists’ Open Houses Exhibition, Brighton, 2015
Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize 2015 shortlist, Mall Galleries, London, SW1
Brighton May Festival Open Houses 2015
Art In Brighton, Publication
Big Heart Charity Art Auction, Brighton Dome Theatre, May 2015
A3 Exhibition, Phoenix Arts Association Gallery, Brighton Housing Trust Auction, November 2015
20 Painters Regional Exhibition, shortlist, 2014
Solo Exhibition, Horsham Art Centre, Capitol Theatre, ‘Configurations II’, Sculpture, 2001
Solo Exhibition, Horsham Art Centre, Capitol Theatre, ‘Configurations’, Sculpture, 2000
Winner, ‘Painting for the Environment’, Horsham Arts Centre 1989, awarded 3 day visit to the European Parliament in Strasbourg.
Articles & Interviews & Reviews
Review Of Sussex Arts Magazine, 2021
Sussex Life Magazine, 12 Sussex Art Galleries, August 2020
Marking a Mark Blog, review ING Discerning Eye, Mall Galleries, London SW1, 2017
Discerning Eye catalogue, pg. 79, London, 2017
Feature – Sussex Life Magazine/ Paint Out, Landscape Painter of the Year Winner 2016, competition, January 2017
Interview – Sussex Life Magazine/ Paint out, Landscape Painter of the Year Winner 2016 – Winner, April 2017
Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize exhibition catalogue, pg. 51, London, 2016
Inside Sussex Magazine, Artist Interview, July 2016
Discerning Eye Exhibition catalogue, pgs. 64,65, London, 2015
Absolute Brighton, ArtWave Festival article, Project Manager, 2005
Arts Industry Roles
Sculptor – large sculpture works of Anish Kapoor, Anslem Kiefer, MDM -2006-2011
Team leader Galleries – ‘Frieze Art Fair’, Regents Park, 2006
Fund Raiser – ‘Arts Council’ fund, ‘Soundwave Festival’, Cultural Services, 2007
Project Manager – ‘Artwave Visual Arts Festival’, Lewes District Council, 2006 –2007
Gallery Committee member – Phoenix Arts, 2004
“David’s dramatic abstracted landscapes are a masterclass in light and tone, evoking the outdoors in its all awe, wildness and romanticism” Mall Galleries, London SW1, 2018
“I loved the landscape paintings … which have been selling very fast and I can well understand why!” – On ‘ING Discerning Eye Exhibition 2017’ exhibits – ‘Making a Mark Blog’, Katherine Tyrrell (November 2017)
“I was drawn to ‘Sussex Downs Sunset XXVII’ so much is because of the incredible way it captures the mood and light of what is at first glance a dark day. It actually seems to get brighter as the day gets darker.” A. Barras, University of Brighton, 2016
“We love the dramatic and intensely colourful sky!” ‘Sussex Downs Sunset Crimson I’ – Big Heart Auction Team, Brighton Dome, 2015
Painting outside ‘en plein air’ affords the kind of spatial freedom giving expanse to even a small painting.
The locations for my work have included: the South Downs hillsides and panoramas, Sussex woodland and waterways, the Hampshire New Forest, Tuscan mountains, Alps in the South of France and riversides in Avignon and Arles. I am presently painting in the Arun Valley’s protected wetlands and am planning a project to Scotland.
An en plein air landscape is a live interpretation and often an intuitive approach to understanding a location. It lends well to the first-person narrative. The feelings and thoughts that arise during the process of creating a landscape outside are subtly recorded within the painting in ways that reach beyond initial intentions of design or thought. One of my main rationales is capturing the transience of life and our connection with nature.
Revisiting locations to paint allows for the accumulation of further abstractions and rhythms, which are layered successively upon the surface over a number of days, recording changes in real time.
I am both compelled to revisit familiar locations, whilst also painting new locations. Regularly painting at the same location improves fluency but it also adds a little coolness to the process. Even where that location might be familiar, an element of struggle is still required, given the need to find a way around the changing conditions. Consequently, this can lead to the heating up of responses and processes. A new location often heats up ways of working.
My mind is always working but the gut and the heart play a strong role.
In the studio, the process becomes both experiential and reflective as methods are more thought-oriented. Further stages of destruction and creation occur, leading to new surface, visual devices, motifs and colour harmony. This can be an evolving process, partially formed from memory of the live locations and partially from the use of subsequent studio discoveries. When I develop paintings in this way, many elements of the original on-site marks are partially buried but still remain visible enough such that they can be visually excavated.
The brush marks, layered textures and painting rhythms aim to capture moments in time and duration and draw attention to surface. Some parts of the multi-layered compositions remain unpainted and abstract. If the viewer’s eye is drawn in and out, and back again, from up close to the painting’s surface and back out to see the whole painting then I hope to better invite an observation of the spatial interplay between the imagery, the surface and back to the whole of a the painting.
Manchester Metropolitan University – BA Hons Three dimensional Art and Design/WMCT
University of Brighton – PGCE, FE & HE
Northbrook College – Art Foundation Diploma
Lecturer, Collyer’s Sixth Form – A Level Critical Studies & Art and Design
Lecturer, Sussex Downs College & EVOC, Art National Diploma/ Foundation in Art Studies
Lecturer, Varndean College – Landscape Painting
Sculpture Tutor, Sussex Downs College
Lecturer, Sussex Downs College, Lewes- A AS level- Art and 3D, Fine Art
Collections outside UK
Private Collection, New York
Private Collection, South of France
Private Collection, Tenerife
Private Collection, Portugal
Private collection, Sydney, Australia
Private collection, China