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A member of The Royal Society of Portrait Painters and New English Art Club

© David Cobley 2019 All Rights Reserved

ABOUT

what he does and why

As a teenager David's dropped out of art school and ended up on the other side of the world. Since returning to drawing and painting he has often used his work to explore such questions as who we are, why we do what we do and to what extent we are moulded by our genes, upbringing and experiences.

He can be contacted at mail@davidcobley.com

Biography

David grew up in a small town called Higham Ferrers in the Midlands. Encouraged by parents, teachers and his Uncle Don he set out to become an artist. But it was his art master at Wellingborough Grammar School, Eddie Phillips, who taught him more than anyone else about his chosen subject.

 

After a foundation course at Northampton he briefly attended Liverpool School of Art before dropping out after just one term. He funded a course in Comparative Culture at Tokyo's Sophia University some years later by teaching English, and returned to England with his young family in 1984. He worked as a free-lance illustrator near Bath for several years, drawing and painting as much as possible in his spare time.

 

He was shortlisted for the BP Portrait Award (then sponsored by John Player & Sons) in 1989, and gradually portrait commissions took over from illustration work. Sitters include The Princess Royal, as well as leading academics, actors, scientists, politicians, writers, members of the armed forces and business leaders.

 

In 1996 he set up Bath Artists' Studios, where he had a studio for many years, before moving to Devizes in 2013. He was elected a member of the Royal Society of Portrait Painters in 1997, and six years later a member of the New English Art Club. He has been a regular exhibitor at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition and held solo exhibitions in Bath and London.

Awards

The Smallwood Architects Prize 2017

The Peter Ashley Framing Prize 2017

Public Prize, Bath Society of Artists 2013

Llewellyn Alexander Award 2004

Public Prize, Holburne Portrait Prize 2004

Prosigns and Graphics Prize 2002

Andrew Brownsword Prize 2001

Daler-Rowney Prize 1999

RWA Public Prize 1999

Tom Rice Gallery, Dublin, Award 1999

John Brandler Prize 1993

Shortlisted, John Player Portrait Award 1989

 

Solo Exhibitions

Mall Galleries, London 2019

Studio Sale, Bath Artists’ Studios 2013
Victoria Art Gallery, Bath 2007
Bath Artists’ Studios, 2007
Messum’s, London 2005
Beaux Arts, Bath 2002, 2004

 

Selected Open Exhibitions

The Royal Academy Summer Exhibition

Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize
The Discerning Eye
The Hunting Art Prizes 
The BP Portrait Award
The John Player Portrait Award

HERE WE ALL ARE

The culmination of a number of years' work, this picture shows the world from a bird's-eye view. People are engaged in all kinds of activities, from the mundane to the heroic, the comic to the tragic. All but a handful are preoccupied by their own concerns, totally oblivious of what even their immediate neighbour is doing. 

IN MORE DETAIL

PRELIMINARY DRAWINGS

IN PROGRESS

ON THE WALL

PAINT AND DRAW

STUDIO SALE

THE GUARDIAN

LORD MAYOR'S PORTRAIT

ARTIST & ILLUSTRATORS

SELECTED MEDIA COVERAGE

NEW ARTIST

CONTACT DETAILS

For enquiries about commissions, studio visits, exhibitions, workshops, tutoring or talks please use this form or the email address below.

St John's Street, Devizes SN10 1BN

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