To begin with, the kinds of spaces I am drawn towards are usually familiar to me; the studio, figures, sometimes streets and buildings. This is where the inspiration starts – the desire to do something with a view, a standpoint, a set of environmental factors that intrigue and captivate. Then comes the challenge of accomodating or exploring that initial idea within the improvised means of painting. Imagination takes over and often very little of the original idea remains.

Studio 2021

David studied painting at the Byam Shaw School of Art (1987-1990). 

There followed residencies at The Florence Trust (1992-93) and the Digswell Arts Trust (1994-98), then many years working in various London studios until his move to Hastings, East Sussex in 2010. 

He works almost exclusively with oil paint on canvas the main points of focus being figures, spaces and environments; a mixture of perception from life and an imaginative elaboration of that experience.


Education                                                 

Drama Centre London 1981-84 Acting
John Cass School of Art , Whitechapel, London. Foundation Studies in Art 1986
Byam Shaw School of Art, London. 1987-1990 Painting


Prizes

WinnerTowry Award for Best of South of England National Open Art Competition 2012
2ndprizeWells Contemporary Open,2012
2ndprizeMarmite Prize for Painting,2008

Residencies

The Florence Trust,Highbury, London, 1992- 1993
The Digswell Arts Trust,Herts, 1994-1998

Solo Exhibitions

Hastings Arts Forum, HastingsSept 2010
Artists Open House (Dulwich Festival)May 2008
Bartley Drey Gallery,Old Church St. London. Oct 1997
South of the Border,The Cut, London, July 1994

Group Shows

Elizabeth Bauer Gallery, Hastings Sixty Feet of Water
Hastings Art Forum February 2016
Affordable Art Fair, Battersea. (JP Art) October 2016
Decorex International Art Fair (JP Art) Sept 2016
Art Without Borders . Battersea Arts Centre (JP ART) Oct2015JP Art Gallery, Battersea RiseJune2015-2018
ElectroStudio Projects, Hastings, “Pneu” February 2013
Hastings Arts Forum“Breakthrough”January 2013
Pallant House Gallery,Chichester. NOAC November 2012
The Princes FoundationGallery,London.NOAC  October 2012
TheMinerva Theatre,Chichester.NOAC October 2012
Wells and Mendip Museum,Wells Art Contemporary Open 2012
Art in Romney Marsh,Ivychurch Sept-Oct 2012
4 ArtistsHastings Arts Forum, April 2012
A Relentless March ofEnergy: ExpressionismLloyd Gill
Gallery,Weston-Super-Mare, Somerset. 2010
Marmite Prize forPainting,Studio 1.1, London 2008
Arts Unwrapped, London wide open studios 2007
Open studios, ASC Brixton, London. 2005, 2006.
Piers Feetham Gallery, London 2002
The Spitz Gallery, “Caught in the Act”, Spittlefields, London. Nov 2000
Conductors Hallway, Camberwell, London. July 1999
Coombes Contemporary, London, Nov 1998
Hastings Museum & ArtGallery, “OnReflection”, Nov 1997
Collyer Bristow Gallery, London, Oct. 1996
Boxfield Gallery, Stevenage, Herts. April 1995
Bartley Drey Gallery, London. June 1994, 1995, July 1997
Whiteleys, “Celebration”, Florence Trust,London. June 1993
Chenil Galleries, London. July 1990

Publications

Artists Working in Britain since 1945,David Buckman, 2006
Exhibition catalogueNOAC 2012
Exhibition catalogueMarmitePrize for Painting 2008
Exhibition catalogue,Lloyd Gill, 2010