About

David lives near Bath. He is a landscape painter and print maker, working with watercolours and water-based media.  He was elected a member of The Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours in 2011 and is currently serving on the RI Council as the RI Honorary Treasurer.

He won the Neil Meacher RI sketchbook award in 2012, the Frank Herring award in 2014 and the Winsor & Newton/RI award (for the group of paintings judged to be the most outstanding contribution to the exhibition) in 2016

 Approach

I see my paintings as fairly representational and my aim is to create something which has a sense of place without looking too contrived or deliberate. The whole approach for me is about experimenting, learning and developing as I attempt to push the water-based medium as far as I can. All the while trying to bear in mind Lucien Freud’s words ‘The painting, in order to move us, must not merely remind us of life, but must acquire a life of its own.

Process

The continuing evolution in my work with watercolour and more recently monoprint means that I spend an increasing amount of time working in the studio. In past years I competed around 60% of my work en plen-air, getting the information first hand in all weathers. I still believe that it is essential to work on paintings outdoors, especially as I enjoy the challenge to get things done quickly and simply but more often than not these days, I take long walks with my sketchbook, a small box of watercolours and a camera, using the sketches and photographs to make studio based pieces where I can give more thought to experimentation, or just work purely from memory.

Since September 2017 my work has developed to include monochromatic monoprints, a totally different way of working to watercolour where the removal of colour allows me to concentrate on tone, extreme contrast and mark making. These elements are revealed both in the wiping of ink from the plate and by marking and drawing on the plate itself. There is also a mechanical process to it all which I find quite therapeutic, although never confident of the final result.

CV

Publications

  • The Artist April, July, November & December 2015, August 2016
  • Artists & Illustrators Magazine April 2013
  • Somerset magazine – January 2011
  • The Artist – August 2008
  • Lifelines; The vital dry stone walls of the Mendip Hills AONB (2008)
  • 50 Wessex Artists (2006)
  • Somerset magazine – October 2000
  • International Artist – January 2000

Selected Exhibitions

  • 2017
  • Sunday Times Watercolour competition
  • 2016
  • Sunday Times Watercolour competition
  • ING Discerning Eye
  • 2015
  • Royal West of England Academy, Bristol
  • Sunday Times Watercolour Competition
  • Royal Society of Marine Artists
  • 2014
  • Royal West of England Academy, Bristol
  • Sunday Times Watercolour Competition
  • 2013
  • Royal West of England Academy, Bristol
  • Shenzhen International Watercolour Biennial, China
  • 2011
  • Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours, Mall Galleries London ELECTED MEMBER
  • 2010
  • Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours, Mall Galleries London
  • Royal West of England Academy, Bristol
  • 2009
  • Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours, Mall Galleries London
  • 21st Century Watercolour, RWS Bankside Gallery, London
  • Royal West of England Academy, Bristol
  • 2008
  • Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours, Mall Galleries London
  • Lifelines book launch, Wells museum
  • 8 Contemporary Watercolourists, Newland Gallery, Sherborne
  • 2007
  • Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours, Mall Galleries London
  • Royal West of England Academy, Bristol
  • Lifelines project; celebrating the landscape of the Mendip Hills, Charterhouse
  • 2006
  • Royal West of England Academy, Bristol
  • 50 Wessex Artists, Brewhouse, Taunton
  • 2004
  • Royal West of England Academy, Bristol
  • 2000
  • Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours, Mall Galleries
    South West Academy, Exeter
  • 1999
  • Royal West of England Academy, Bristol
  • 1998
  • Royal West of England Academy, Bristol

Group exhibitions

  • 2016
  • ‘Nature’s Observatory’ – Highgate Contemporary Gallery, Highgate, London
  • Landscape, ‘Green lanes, Green ways’ – Twenty Twenty Gallery, Much Wenlock
  • 2015
  • RI at Lloyds Register, London
  • Quartz Visual Arts Festival, Taunton
  • John Noott Gallery, Broadway Modern, Broadway
  • 2014
  • 3 from the RI, Fountain Fine Art, Cardiff
  • Art in Action, Waterperry House, Waterperry
  • Denise Yapp Contemporary Summer Exhibition
  • ‘Putting the Park back into Musgrove Park Hospital’, Taunton
  • RI in Wales, Tenby Museum
  • RI at Lloyds Register, London
  • Watercolour International II, Thessaloniki Biennial of Watercolour, Greece
  • Sea Pictures Gallery, Clare
  • 2013-
  • a2 Gallery, Wells,
  • Fountain Fine Art, Cardiff
  • 2012-
  • Affinity Fine Art, Castle Cary
  • Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours, Mall Galleries London
    2012
  • RI in Rye with the Rye Art Gallery
  • Views from the hill, The Studio Gallery Bagley
  • 2011
  • High Watermark 2011 (Joint RI/RWS exhibition at the Bankside and Mall Galleries London)
  • RI in Winchester with the Minster Gallery
  • 2011-
  • Affinity Fine Art, Castle Cary
  • 2011&2012
  • Affordable art fair, Bristol
  • 2010-
  • Workshop Wales Gallery, Fishguard
  • 2009&2012
  • John Leach Gallery, Muchelney
  • 2008
  • Views from the hill, The Studio Gallery Bagley
  • 2008-
  • The Jerram Gallery, Sherborne
  • 2007-
  • Affordable art fair, Battersea London
  • 2006-2012
  • 3D Gallery Bristol
  • 2005-
  • First View Gallery, Stourhead
  • 2005-2010
  • Inspires Gallery, Oxford
  • 2004-2006
  • The Wonderwall Gallery, Cirencester
  • 2003-2005
  • Bookshop Gallery, Taunton
  • 2003
  • Sadler Street Gallery in association with Dodge’s Interiors Sherborne
  • 2002
  • Sadler Street Gallery at Sherborne House
  • 2002-2003
  • Handel House Gallery, Devizes
  • 2001-2004
  • Farrington Gallery
  • 2001-2004
  • Big Wide Bay, Tavistock
  • 2000-2004
  • Rooksmoor Gallery, Bath
  • 1996-2010
  • Sadler Gallery, Wells
  • 1996-1998
  • Picture Palace, Somerton