25 July to 7 August 2010
Born in Leicester in 1973, David spent his formative years in Northumberland, where he developed a love of drawing and painting at a very early age, inheriting artistic skills from his grandfather, a renowned Cheshire painter.
David developed his painting and design skills at Newcastle-Upon-Tyne College and continued his passion for modern art at Manchester Metropolitan University, where he studied illustration.
Having pursued a career in commercial illustration, David now concentrates on his own work, producing fine art canvases. His first one-man exhibition in 2004 was swiftly followed by a second in 2005 – both of which were hugely successful.
David exhibits in galleries all over the UK, including the renowned Biscuit Factory in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne and the Wendy Levy Gallery in Didsbury, Manchester. He is involved with, and exhibits at, the Ovenden Art Group in Ely, Cambridgeshire, and has been commissioned to produce a major piece for Lola Cars International, the racing car giant.
A desire to represent on canvas the beauty of movement in all its myriad forms is the chief inspiration for my painting. Attempts to convey the intangible in two dimensions present intriguing problems which, in the solving, produce what I hope are dynamic, exciting images.
Following the example of ‘Futurist’ painters such as Severini, Duchamp and Malevich, the use of sequential photography has helped me in my painting to deconstruct what the human eye takes for granted every day.
Inspired by my graphic design/illustration background, I have also introduced text into the fabric of my work. Whilst acting as a special device within the composition, it has the effect of focusing the viewer’s mind on the subject matter or indeed, in some cases, drawing it away, providing cryptic juxtapositions. The use of text betrays the influence of Pop Art on my painting. This is also evident in the use of strong, primary colouring.
I have tended to use the more extreme, dynamic forms of movement as my subject matter. Sporting endeavour and the rhythm of the dance are notable examples of subjects which create arresting images while providing an emotional hook for the viewer.