Biography: Exhibitions & Statement

South Downs Sunset XXVII

Exhibitions/ Prizes/ Commissions/ Publications

Battersea Art Fair, Spring 2017, Cameron Contemporary, London

‘Landscape Painter of the Year’ winner – Sussex Life Magazine/ Paint Out, January/ April 2017 & Exhibition

Saatchi Art – ‘Artist of the Day’, December 2016

Cameron Contemporary Art Gallery, Winter Show, 2016, Hove

Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize Exhibition, 2016,  Mall Galleries, London

Cameron Contemporary Art Gallery, Summer Show 2016, Hove

Phoenix Arts Association – Open Studios, May 2016

Saatchi Art New Artists Feature, April 2016

Discerning Eye Exhibition 2015, Mall Galleries, London

Shortlisted for Royal Society of British Artists (RBA) Open Exhibition 2015, London

Wychwood Gallery, 2016

Saatchi Art chief Curator features ‘Sussex Downs Sunset XXVII’ October 2015 ‘Invest in Art’

Artists’ Open Houses Exhibition, 2016

Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize 2015 shortlist, London 

Exhibition – Chalk Gallery, Lewes – Guest Artist, July 2015

Art in Brighton, publication 2015

Exhibition -Big Heart Charity Art Auction, Brighton Dome , May 2015

Exhibition – May Festival Open House, 2015

Exhibition – Bellis Art Gallery, 8-9 King’s Rd, Brighton, BN1 Fine Arts Guild prints & paintings, Summer 2015

Exhibition – ‘A3’ Phoenix Arts Association, Main Gallery,  November 2014

Phoenix Arts Association Open Studios Show, November 2014

Shortlisted for ’20 Painters’ Exhibition regional, 2014

Commission ‘Sunset Series I’  oil on canvas – 2013

Commission ‘Landscape – South Downs II’ oil on canvas – 2013

Commission ‘South Downs I’ oil on panel – 2012

Commission ‘Winter I’,  oil on canvas -2012

Commission (Nocturne series) ‘Night Walker I’  oil on canvas – 2012

Exhibition at the Nielson Building, Brighton Marina – 2007 ‘Urban seam III’, abstract oil on canvas,

Exhibition ‘Hang ten’, ‘Junction’ abstract oil on canvas, Phoenix Gallery -2004

Exhibition ‘Neopix’, ‘Trace’  oil on canvas, Phoenix Gallery, Brighton -2003

Exhibition – Solo Show Sculpture, IO Gallery, Brighton 2001

Exhibition – Solo – Show, Horsham Arts Centre – Capitol Theatre, 2001 & 2000

Statement (brief)

The drama of painting outside in the changeable conditions of the British landscapes, particularly how the South Downs skyscapes illuminate the glacially sculpted horizons, are an inspirational subject matter that can be representational of life’s changes and the mood of the spectator.

I paint outside ‘en plein air’ and inside as a studio painter.  Painting outside allows a great freedom, placing me within the scene so that even a small painting has a large sense of space. This can invite a viewer closer to the original event.  How I feel and what I communicate gets recorded subliminally on to the painting – this can go beyond my conscious intentions and chosen colour palettes allowing the painting to be open to interpretation from the spectator.

In the studio I layer the sky and land with further paint and glazes leading to new  surface tensions and colours between the painting and its surface letting this painting process reveal discoveries afterwards.  But many of the original on-site mark-making is left very visible at the final layers for a ‘live’ feel.

Artist inspiration – Kapoor, Kiefer, Martin, Turner, Rembrandt, Nolde, Corot, Klimt, Enkaoua and Eardley.

Biography (brief)

David has been selected for the Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize 2016′, has exhibited at the ‘Discerning Eye Exhibition 2015’, reached final judging of the Lynn Painter-Stainers in 2015 and has been pre-selected for the RBA Open, 2016.  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 2015, he donated a work to the ‘Big Heart Auction’ at the Brighton Dome, has exhibited across the South including Brighton and Lewes, and has work in collections as far as Sydney Australia and China.

After graduating with a BA Hons degree in Art from Manchester Metropolitan University He became an artist and a sculptor, Lecturer and then a Landscape Painter at the Phoenix Brighton Arts Studios.  Whilst working in the arts industry, 2005 -2009 on projects such as the large scale sculpture works of Anish Kapoor and Anslem Kiefer he developed a fascination of sculpted form and shape which reflects in his processes of painting’s use space, distance, form and surface.

Testimonials

“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

Education

Manchester Metropolitan University – BA Hons Art and Design 3D/WMCT

University of Brighton – PGCE PCE

Northbrook College –  Art and Design Foundation in Art Studies/ National Diploma

Literature/ Media/ Articles

‘Inside Sussex’ Magazine Artist Interview, July 2016

Big Heart Art Auction, Dome, 2015

Latest 7 Arts Magazine,  November 2014

Art In Brighton Magazine,  May 2014

Absolute Brighton,  Art Wave Project Manager 2005

Richard Deacon, Sculptor –  letter,1995

Peter Dormer, Art and Design Critic – letter,1994

Arts Industry Roles

Sculptor – 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

Private Collections of Painting (outside UK)

Private collection, China

Private collection, Sydney,  Australia

Applied Art/ Sculpture

Product Design – 2006

‘Configurations’, aluminium sculptures – Brighton Makers and Designers gallery – 2000

Architectural ceramics solos show, Horsham Arts Centre -2000

Lecturing

Landscape Painting Lecturer– Varndean College 2013- 15

Lecturer, Collyer’s Sixth Form, A level Art and Design/ critical studies 2012-13

Lecturer, Sussex Downs College, EVOC,  Art National Diploma 2008

Sculpture Tutor, Sussex Downs College 2006 -08

Lecturer, Sussex Downs College, Lewes- A level- Fine Art, Art and Sculpture 2005 – 08

Lecturer, City College Brighton and Hove, Art, 2006 – 07

 

 

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