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David describes himself as “an atmospheric landscape painter”, and as such, the real subject of all his paintings is light; whether he is painting in London or North Africa his subject becomes almost a vehicle through which its effects are described. Wherever possible he chooses to work on location at sunrise or sunset in order to find the most dramatic moments of sunlight and shadow on the urban landscape.

David works in oils for their versatility and what he calls their “rich, buttery texture”. Oil works particularly well with his painting process as he does very little preliminary drawing and develops the work with the brush throughout the painting process. He sometimes moves the paint around the canvas almost treating it like a secondary palette, bleeding colours into one another to create soft transitions which would be impossible to achieve in other mediums. He is also an energetic person, and approaches everything he does with a lot of energy and commitment. His paintings reflect this ethos, as he seeks to create movement and life, and again, this impetus is well served by oils.

In 2011 David received the honour of a Jury’s Top 50 Award at the prestigious Salon International Show in Texas. He received First Place in the Crossroads Mixed Media Juried Show, Richmond Virginia in July 2014 and one of his works was named as ‘Chairman’s Favourite’ at the Coventry Art Consortium 10th Anniversary Exhibition. Critical response has been as positive as the public acclaim he has received, and he has been invited to be on the jury of the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists Open Exhibition.

David describes himself as “an atmospheric landscape painter”, and as such, the real subject of all his paintings is light; whether he is painting in London or North Africa his subject becomes almost a vehicle through which its effects are described. Wherever possible he chooses to work on location at sunrise or sunset in order to find the most dramatic moments of sunlight and shadow on the urban landscape.

David works in oils for their versatility and what he calls their “rich, buttery texture”. Oil works particularly well with his painting process as he does very little preliminary drawing and develops the work with the brush throughout the painting process. He sometimes moves the paint around the canvas almost treating it like a secondary palette, bleeding colours into one another to create soft transitions which would be impossible to achieve in other mediums. He is also an energetic person, and approaches everything he does with a lot of energy and commitment. His paintings reflect this ethos, as he seeks to create movement and life, and again, this impetus is well served by oils.

In 2011 David received the honour of a Jury’s Top 50 Award at the prestigious Salon International Show in Texas. He received First Place in the Crossroads Mixed Media Juried Show, Richmond Virginia in July 2014 and one of his works was named as ‘Chairman’s Favourite’ at the Coventry Art Consortium 10th Anniversary Exhibition. Critical response has been as positive as the public acclaim he has received, and he has been invited to be on the jury of the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists Open Exhibition.