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After serving 10 years in the Royal Marines from age 16, I then trained as a technical illustrator and graphic designer and am joint founder and creative director of an award winning design agency established in 1988. A pivotal point in oil painting for me was an artists' workshop in New York with American master Daniel E Greene. I am also a regular member of drawing/painting groups in Northampton and Mall Galleries, London. My work now appears in international corporate and private collections and has featured in international artist publications.
Birth date   10 May 1957
Education   1982 - Portsmouth College of Art & Design  
1985 - Poole & Bournemouth Art College  
1997 - MA Coventry University
Awards   2012 - 2012 COLOURED PENCIL AWARDS: "Best in Show" and "Ann James Massey Award - Excellence in Drawing".  
2010 - International Artist magazine Feb/Mar issue. 8 page feature artist.  
2009 - Mall Galleries London - Liberating Lives Exhibition. Sue Ryder Care.  
2009 - First Prize - Royal Institute of Oil Painters Live Art Event, portrait of Antonio Carluccio.  
2008 - Published Finalist in International Artist magazine Dec-Jan. Double portrait.  
2008 - A double portrait has been selected for this years Royal Birmingham Society of Artists Open Portrait Exhibition in July.  
2008 - Highly Commended in the Artist of the Year, Artist Magazine. (Emma’s Necklace)  
2007 - Finalist in the Artist & Illustrator magazine Self Portrait award, in association with the Royal Society of Portrait Painters.  
2007 - Highly Commended in the Artist of the Year, Artist Magazine. (Plumber’s Break)
Selected Commissions   notable portraits:  
2012 John Snape, Art Gallery Owner  
2010 Group Captain Hyslop RAF  
2008 Standard Chartered Bank - double portraits corporate collection  
2007 Charley Hull - 2005 LGU Champion Golfer  
2006 Barry Parsons - Chairman and Founder Destini Group plc  
Dr Richard Baines – Past President Royal Institute of Oil Painters.  
Group Captain Hyslop RAF
Artist's Statement   Although fundamentally an artist/illustrator, some of my commercial life has involved photography so I appreciate it for what it is but I also understand some of its limitations. As painting is a protracted process it enables the painter to capture the essence of the subject over time rather than just a snapshot. I would recommend painting from life wherever possible, however, I am realistic and flexible enough to try and meet most clients’ requirements by using some photo and sketch support studies. I have my own favourite artists each for different reasons, which include; Caravaggio, Delaroche, Ingres, Norman Rockwell, Lucien Freud amongst others.

Statement      Having a portrait done should be an enjoyable experience. The first stage is to meet and discuss your requirements, clothing, props and background options etc.  
The second stage, which may be part of the first meeting, is a sketch and photo study session. This enables me to explore the compositional possibilities and will help establish the best pose using different lighting set ups.  
Once a composition is decided, I will then begin the actual portrait. Soon after this I may be able to estimate the date of completion. During the painting process, which may take weeks or months, some additional sittings from life would be very helpful.  
When near completion, a final sitting allows for minor adjustments before completing the portrait. At that time we can discuss drying time, varnish, framing and any other considerations.  
Please note that the above procedures are only a guide; each step will be considered with your specific needs in mind.


Travel nationally    Yes
Travel internationally    Yes
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Portrait Format:
  Head and Shoulders   From £ 1500    $null
Half LengthFrom £ 3000 $null
3/4 LengthFrom £ 3500 $null
Full LengthFrom £ 5200 $null
Double PortraitFrom £ 4000 $null
Group PortraitFrom £ 5000 $null
The Prices quoted are for the standard mediums of oil on canvas and bronze
(in the case of sculpture).
For other media, prices may vary, please enquire directly with us for more specific quotes.
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Press Quotes
"Standard Chartered Bank collect paintings of people from the many markets in which they operate, David was commissioned to paint two works for the collection which are fabulous and he was joy to work with, they are currently hanging in the Bank's office in Singapore."  
Tom Tempest-Radford Art consultant to Standard Chartered Bank.  
“We asked David to paint a picture of our daughter Grace, aged 21yrs old, in 2011 and we are absolutely delighted with the result. Grace found the experience of sitting for David pleasurable and unthreatening and was just as pleased with the finished painting as we are. It hangs prominently in our hallway and everyone remarks on how true to life, and capturing her personality this is. David is a talented and delightful artist to work with and I would be happy to recommend him to anyone.”  
Marianne Harris-Bridge