Sculpture, Painting, Printmaking
David is a sculptor, painter, printmaker and ceramicist. He has always been fascinated by form and colour, a twin focus which manifests itself across the range of his art. He often takes inspiration from open swimming in ponds and the sea, as well as from experiences gained while travelling and working around the world. Born and bred in London, he has and lived and worked in East Africa and Central America, as well as in Scotland.
Medium: Stone: Zimbabwe Lemon Opal / Rainbow
Dimensions: 25h x 20 d x 18w cm
Zimbabwe Lemon Opal / Rainbow stone
Medium: Wood: from an old felled yew tree in Stephens House & Gardens
Dimensions: 44 cm high
Medium: Stone:Alabaster mounted on mahogany
Dimensions: 41h x 17w x 17 d cm (with plinth)
Medium: Wood: Green Oak from a local 200-year old tree.
Dimensions: 40 cm high
Medium: Stone: Portland, mounted on iroko wood
Dimensions: 33 h x 14 w x 14 d (with plinth)
Medium: Wood: Green Oak from a local 200-year old tree
Dimensions: 160 cm high
Medium: Stone: Lepidolite (Zimbabwe)
Dimensions: 20 h x 22 w x 4 d cm
Medium: Stone: Painswick limestone mounted on iroko wood
Dimensions: 24 cm high, 34cm with plinth
Starfish on right cheek
Medium: Drypoint, with gold and silver gilding and watercolour highlights.
Magical Healthy and Happy New Year!
Dimensions: 76 x 30 cm
Medium: Pen & inks (cuttlefish, japanese stick, walnut, oak gall) & watercolour
Medium: European drypoint + Japanese woodblock with watercolour& gouache ink, on Japanese hosho paper
Dimensions: 28 x 20 cm
Copper beech, mixture of Intaglio/European and Baren/Japanese methods.
Medium: Acrylic on board
Dimensions: 660 w x 235 h cm
Garden mural (part)
My artistic development began with ceramics. I developed my skills in throwing a wide variety of pots on the wheel, selecting and experimenting with glazes.
My sculptural work is figurative and centres on the human form. It is expressive with movement and emotional energy. The materials I use are mainly stone – from the UK and Zimbabwe – and wood, including green oak. I also work in plastic materials: clay, wax and plaster.
My paintings have a lucid, loose quality, with a translucent depth of colour. I often make my own watercolour paints, from basic pigments such as lapis lazuli and carmine. I sometimes incorporate Japanese ink and cuttlefish ink, as well as colour derived from finely-ground metals such as silver and gold.
This is a recent passion! My current work is mostly intaglio: drypoint; acid etching; aquatint; and mezzotint with monoprinting). I also work in relief (wood and lino) and monotype.
I have created a large exotic garden in London, which is underpinned by strong sculptural elements. Initially designed and sketched in watercolours, it features sinuous stone structures and many dramatic architectural plants, in an homage to the paradise gardens of the East
I have had artists residencies at:
- Stephens House and Gardens London, creating sculpture in wood reclaimed from trees from the beautiful gardens. photo blog, instagram, video. (May-October 2017). The large wooden sculpture 'Loving Grace' is permanently in the gardens, near the cafe.
- Brisons Veor, Cape Cornwall. web page. (July 2016).
- July 2007: Glasgow School of Art, end of year part-time: pottery.
- July 2014 & July 2015: East Finchley Open House, London.
- July 2015: Exhibiting in David Waller’s Studio Group (Ellington Place, London)
- September 2015: Rhythm ‘n Blues (East Finchley Open) – Original Gallery, Hornsey Library, London.
- December 2016: Breaking Boundaries (East Finchley Open) – Original Gallery, Hornsey Library, London.
- March 2017, Regeneration with East Finchley Open at Stephens House, London
- July 2016, East Finchley Artists Open House
- July 2018, East Finchley Artists Open House
- March 2019, Primavera at the Barbican (East Finchley Open)
- June 2019, East Finchley Artists Open House
- May 2021, Where We Were Longing To Be During Lockdown, on-line (East Finchley Open)