British Painter Based in East Sussex

David studied painting, in the life-room, 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 in 2010. 

He works almost exclusively with oil paint on canvas dealing with the complexities of figures, spaces and environments; a mixture of perception from life and an imaginative elaboration of that experience prompted by what happens with oil paint, its suggestiveness, it's textures and colours, moment to moment in the act of painting. Again and again, theory and planning go out the window surrendering to that moment of intensity when the image arrives.  

Prizes & Awards

Winner of the Towry Award for Best of South of England in the National Open Art Competition and the 2nd prize winner at the Wells Contemporary Open, both 2012. 2nd prize in the Marmite Prize for Painting in 2008.
Awarded a Henry Morris Fellowship 1994 (Digswell Arts Trust).

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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


WinnerTowry Award for Best of South of England National Open Art Competition 2012
2nd prizeWells Contemporary Open,2012
2nd prizeMarmite Prize for Painting,2008


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

Solo Exhibitions

Hastings Arts Forum, Hastings Sept 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) Oct2015
JP Art Gallery, Battersea Rise
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
The Minerva Theatre, Chichester.NOAC October 2012
Wells and Mendip Museum, Wells Art Contemporary Open 2012
Art in Romney Marsh, Ivychurch Sept-Oct 2012
4 Artists Hastings Arts Forum, April 2012
A Relentless March ofEnergy: Expressionism Lloyd 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


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

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