David’s contemporary paintings and illustrations beautifully carry a narrative connection that explores the idealised notions of the remote and rural as well as the notions of stability and safety.
An Honours graduate in Illustration and Printmaking from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art, David taught Illustration at the Design School there in Dundee after graduating.
In 1997, David had a solo show of his paintings exhibited at the renowned Open Eye Gallery in Edinburgh. This led to many solo exhibitions throughout the United Kingdom in galleries such as John Martin of London, The Portal Gallery and The Medici Gallery. His work has been collected by many private collectors globally: The Walter Scott Collection, The New Victoria Hospital in London and prominent theatre and film director, Sam Mendes, to name a few.
David’s joy for art was instilled in him as a child. He cites that he, “always made things, drawings and paintings of birds and landscapes of the Highlands in which I grew up.” Art has always been his passion and he never (thankfully) sees himself stopping. Creating something beautiful on a white board or canvas is something David loves most about his work. The feeling when, “the picture starts to take shape as you had hoped in front of you can be quite euphoric.”
His inspiration derives from many things. It can range from poetry and folklore to current events. He develops his work over a period of weeks or months, evolving the concept with sketches and compositional ideas to then go on to oil paint. He has used oil paint over many years as he feels it gives a beautiful depth of colour which is clearly shown in his stunning work.
Recently, David has started to work with printmaking again. There is a press at Coburg Art Studios which David notes as a fantastic asset and he is interested to see his finished results, as are we!
We love the quirky and illustrative nature of David’s paintings. His clear use of story-telling and narrative leads your imagination down different paths to travel. There is a surreal and dreamlike aspect to his paintings that create a feeling of familiarity but you’re not quite sure how; an almost déjà-vu effect. Sounds strange to say about candy striped lighthouses far from the shoreline or biplanes breaking free from their moorings but the colours and intricate details make it so calming and reassuring to look at. They’re just so beautiful. It is as if David brings dreams to life which is why they feel familiar and soothing.
We have always been fans of David’s work which is why we have his paintings exclusively in our collection.