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 email@example.com
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.
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
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.
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