I know it’s fashionable to say that painting is a ‘release’ from the pressures of the world or that the act of painting keeps the artist ‘sane’. I don’t find that at all. I feel quite ‘insane’ when I’m painting. I feel an enormous concentration and focus when I paint…and I don’t think that’s a bad thing.
The act of creation shouldn’t be a passive or gentle thing.
My recent work deals with the urban environment in its many forms in cities around the world as well as an abiding affinity with the Australian landscape. It is a response to light. I like the movement of light across a surface, whether it’s a valley, a river, a street or the human form.
I particularly enjoy the shapes, the noise and the shadows of city landscapes – whether it’s the drama of lower East Side in New York, the reflections in the canals of Venice, the romance of Paris streets, the quirky laneways of Melbourne, the crowded pedestrian footpaths of Brisbane City, or the tree lined streets near my home and studio in QLD. In recent times I’ve also been strongly influenced by the extraordinary images and spirituality of Buddhist monks in Luang Prabang, Laos in SE Asia and the Buddhist nuns in Brisbane.
David trained under Brisbane artist, John Rigby, painting as a teenager with contemporaries, Thomas McAulay and Rex Backhaus-Smith and also studied under premier Australian landscape artist and Archibald prize-winner, William Robinson, at the University of Southern Queensland.
David furthered his practical artistic study in both New York, Paris and London in the 1970’s while working his way around the world painting portrait commissions until he returned home to pursue a career in politics. He has painted portraits of Poet, Bruce Dawe, Prime Minister, Malcolm Fraser and businessman, Sir Alex McKay.
He has exhibited at galleries in Brisbane and the Gold Coast as well as at Harrods in London and at Village Art Gallery in Greenwich Village, New York in 1996, at the Australian Consulate, New York and at Michael Ingbar Gallery on Broadway in Soho, New York as well as Paris, Hong Kong and Singapore.
Recent Solo Exhibitions
Red Hill Gallery Brisbane 2010/2011/2012/2013/2014/2015/2016
David Hart Gallery Mooloolaba 2015/2016
Manyung Gallery Melbourne 2015/2016
Michael Ingbar Gallery Broadway Soho New York 2011/2012/2015/2017
Marks and Gardner Gallery Mt Tamborine 2012/2013/2014
Buddhist Exhibition Chung Tian Temple Brisbane 2013
New York Affordable Art Fair 2013/2014/2016
Hampstead Heath Art Fair London 2013/2014/2015/2016/2017
Manyung Gallery Mt Eliza Victoria 2013/2014/2015/2016
Asia Contemporary Art Fair Hong Kong 2014/2015/2016/2017
Singapore Affordable Art Fair 2013/2014/2015/2016/2017
Battersea Affordable Art Fair London 2014/2015/2016
Awards & Grants
Tattersalls Finalist each year 1998 to 2013 Brisbane
Sunday Mail Art Competition Brisbane 1972
Atlantic City Rotary Sculpture Award USA 1973
Gemini Art Award 1974 Toowoomba
RNA Art Exhibition 1st prize portraiture Brisbane 1975