Throughout a professional career spanning three decades I have exhibited widely in public and private galleries, art fairs and 'alternative' exhibition spaces. My work has been met with critical acclaim and is held in many collections world wide. A broad interest in the natural world, astrophysics and philosophy has inspired and informed my outlook and creative process................ "David Lucas has progressed from recording the landscape to a more subjective interpretative art which has allowed for a greater emotional and philosophical response to painting. Light, shafts of brightness and horizon lines are put into the work but his interest in the deeper aspects of infinity has widened the vision. He attempts to unravel the experience of the moment from both external and internal points of view. The contemporary response to the world is to fragment it. Lucas explores the fragmentary. His creative process incorporates a superstructure and the accidental potential within it." (William Waters, Author) "David Lucas creates evocative and sensual paintings. Although not directly representational, the paintings often contain the typical components of traditional landscapes such as beams of light and horizons. His Turneresque skyscapes explore the emotional and philosophical elements of painting. In 'Fragments', each painting is a small part of a larger picture, embodying the processes of examination and division relating to science in the Twenty-First Century. For David these highly romantic paintings "take on board our present day understanding of the cosmos, our discoveries and understanding of space and its appearance." (Dominic Mason. 20-21 Visual Arts Centre)
CV & Education
1987 BA (Hons) in Fine Art, Painting, Staffordshire University , Stoke-on-Trent.
1984 Foundation Course in Art and Design, Cumbria Institute of the Arts, Carlisle.
Selected Solo Exhibitions
2011 'Paintings by David Lucas', The Circle, Sheffield.
2007 'Fragments', 20-21 Visual Arts Centre, Scunthorpe, North Lincolnshire.
2003 'New Paintings', Bloc Space, Sheffield.
2002 'Horizons', Upfront Gallery, Penrith, Cumbria.
2000 'Paintings and Drawings', 'TONIC' Arts into Healthcare in Leeds Teaching Hospitals, Wharfedale Hospital, Otley.
2000 'Stripe', The Forum Gallery, Sheffield.
1997 'Four Large Paintings by David Lucas', The Workstation, Sheffield.
1997 'Paintings by David Lucas', Doncaster Museum and Art Gallery, Doncaster.
1996 'Large Scale Paintings' , Republic Nightclub and Workstation, Sheffield.
1993 'Evolutions', Crucible Theatre, Sheffield.
1993 'Paintings', Flaxman Gallery, Staffordshire University, Stoke-on-Trent.
1992 'Paintings and Drawings by David Lucas', Vernon Gallery, Building Design Partnership, Preston.
1990 'Paintings and Drawings', In the series 'Open Slot' (became 'Mappin Open Solo'), Mappin Art Gallery, Sheffield.
Selected Group Exhibitions
2015 ' Presence ', Cupola Contemporary Art, Sheffield.
2014 DELICIOUS, Cupola Contemporary Art, Sheffield.
2014 Mixed Exhibition, Bellwood and Wright Fine Art, Lancaster.
2014 The Other Art Fair (7th edition), Old Truman Brewery, London.
2014 ' CONNECTIONS ', Cupola Contemporary Art, Sheffield.
2013 '22nd Christmas Exhibition', Cupola Contemporary Art, Sheffield.
2013 'Creekside Open 2013' Selected by Paul Noble, A.P.T Gallery, London.
2012 ' REVELATION ', Cupola Contemporary Art, Sheffield.
2011 'Christmas Exhibition', 'Artificial Light', and '20th Anniversary Show', Cupola Contemporary Art, Sheffield.
2011 'Cupola Partnership Agreement', Sheffield Town Hall, Sheffield.
2011 'Open Up Sheffield', Sheffield Cathedral, Sheffield.
2011 PAF 1 (Abstract and Conceptual), La Galleria (Pall Mall), London.
2010 'Buy Art Fair/Manchester Contemporary'(stand 166), Spinningfields, Manchester.
2010 'Inspired by William Blake', Cupola Contemporary Art , Sheffield.
2009 'ICE', 'Profile', Cupola Contemporary Art , Sheffield.
2008 'Temptation', Cupola Contemporary Art , Sheffield.
2007 'Open Up Sheffield', Blackbrook Barn Studio, Sheffield.
2006 'Evoke', Paintings by David Lucas, Jonathan Froggat, Norrie Harman and Ruth Mulvie, ArtCo Contemporary Fine Art, Leeds.
2006 'Open Up Sheffield' (As well as2002, 2003, 2004, & 2005) Bloc Studios, Sheffield.
2006 '15th Anniversary Show','Paint it Black', and 'PASSION', Cupola Contemporary Art.
2005 Bloc Space(Stand 7), Glasgow Art Fair (Tenth Annitersary Edition), George Square, Glasgow.
2004 Manchester Art Show (Stand E1), International Convention Centre(GMEX), Manchester
2002 'Twenty Centimetres Squared', Bloc Space, Sheffield.
2000 'Christmas Exhibition', Castlegate House Gallery, Cockermouth
2000 'Lake District Summer Music Festival Exhibition' Organised by Castlegate House Gallery, Saint Martins College, Ambleside.
2000 'TONIC' Arts into Healthcare throughout Leeds Teaching Hospitals, Gilbert Scott Building, General Infirmary, Leeds.
1999 'Artists of Promise', Will's Art Warehouse, London.
1995 'Ferens Winter Exhibition', Ferens Art Gallery, Hull.
1994 'Laing PLC National Art Competition', Salford Art Gallery, Greater Manchester.
1992 - 'The Second Tullie House Open Exhibition', Carlisle Museum and Art Gallery, Carlisle.
1990 'Artlink', Stockport Art Gallery, Cheshire.
1989 '90 Days in 89' Sheffield Arts Festival, Graves Art Gallery, Mappin Art Gallery, Sheffield.
1989 'The Portobello Open Exhibition', The Tabernacle Centre, London.
1988 Hawksworth Art Hire(Selected by Mary Sara), Glyde House, Yorkshire and Humberside Arts , Bradford.
1988 'Intercity' an artist led initiative, Orchard Square and Hadfields Building, Custard Factory, Sheffield and Birmingham.
1988 Royal Society of Painters in Watercolours, Mall Galleries, London.
1987 'Coloroll Watercolours of the North West, Ginnel Gallery and Bankside Gallery, Manchester and London.
1987 'Cumbrian Drawing Exhibition', Tullie House, Carlisle Museum and Art Gallery.
2011 'Journey'('How far can we reach' Art Festival), Topolski Century Gallery, London.
1995 Presentation to BA(Fine Art)Degree Students, Cumbria Institute of the Arts, Carlisle.
1994 Presentation to Art Students, 'Beehive Works' Studio , Sheffield.
1993 Presentation to Art Students, 'Beehive Works' Studio, Sheffield.
1992 Presentation to Students, Norton Centre, Sheffield College.
1990 'Meet the Artist' as part of the 'Open Slot' exhibition, Mappin Art Gallery, Sheffield.
1990 Presentation to Art Students, Sheffield College, Sheffield.
1989 Presentation to Art Students, Norton Centre, Sheffield College, Sheffield.
1992 Paper Making and Monoprint Workshops, Limpsfield Junior School, Sheffield.
1988 Drawing Technique based workshops during 'Intercity', Hadfields Building, Sheffield.
1996 Artist in Residence, Northcliffe Secondary School, Conisbrough
2008 Artists Project, 'Gifted and Talented', Northcliffe Secondary School, Conisbrough.
2006 Artists Project, 'Gifted and Talented', Northcliffe Secondary School, Conisbrough.
2004 Artists Project, Westways Primary School, Sheffield.
2001 Artists Project, 'Gifted and Talented', Limpsfield Junior School, Sheffield.
Competitions Prizes and Awards
2013 Artslant Showcase Winner (Abstract), Artslant, www.artslant.com
2012 Artslant Showcase Winner (Painting), Artslant, www.artslant.com
2011 Arts Council Lottery Funded Grant(Grants for the Arts), Arts Council England
2011 Artslant Showcase Winner (Painting), Artslant, www.artslant.com
2007 Grants for the Arts-Individuals ('Fragments'), Arts Council England
2007 The Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant, Pollock-Krasner Foundation, Inc, New York, USA
2005 Production of New Work(Grants for the Arts), Arts Council England
2005 Exhibit at Glasgow Art Fair (Bloc Space @ GAF, Project Manager), Arts Council England
2004 Exhibition Award(Grants for the Arts), Arts Council England
1999 Visual Arts & Crafts Individual Award Scheme, Yorkshire Arts
1993 Visual Arts & Crafts Idividual Art Award, Yorkshire and Humberside Arts
1989 Business and Marketing Grant, The Princes Youth Business Trust, Sheffield
1989 Individual Artists Award Scheme ('Open Slot'), Yorkshire and Humberside Arts
1995 Visiting Lecturer on BA Fine Art Course, Cumbria College of Art and Design, Carlisle
1994 Visiting Lecturer, West Cumbria College, Workington
1989 Part Time Lecturer on Foundation, Access and BTEC, Norton Centre, Sheffield College
1989 Crucial Gallery/Griffin Contemporary Art Auctions, Portobello Road, London