For most of my life I have painted landscapes. In 2004 I showed Portraits of Notable Fields a one-year comprehensive study of five local fields, at the Gressenhall Museum of Rural Life. This will be followed by work broadly under the heading "Fieldmarks' at The Cut, Halesworth, in Spring 2008 Increasingly I have also painted pictures about people. The self-portrait, Mother I'm Back (from my exhibition 'No Such Country', 1995) marked my recovery from a serious operation and looked back to the witty pictures we were painting in the 1960s.
Two other lines of people paintings have emerged - based on newsphotos, or old b/w shots of painters (Bonnard, Monet) alongside portraits of friends (Bob, Carolyn). The Brusca image reminded me, ironically, of Renaissance pictures of the taking of Christ.
My landscapes, reflecting the countryside as it is now, usually have no people in them - missing the bustle of Breughel, Hokusai and Becker, though I look for life wherever I can.Influences
Main ethos: the idea that there are multiple alternatives among rule-bound drawing and representational systems (see Chomsky and John Willatts), and no 'correct' system. Search for the Almagest, 'the great putting-together'in the original Greek, which equals identity of ends and means. Artistic influences: Hokusai, Velaquez, Goya, Pissaro, Monet, Braque, Sickert and others. Influences: art of the people through history (so -called 'folk art'). The Ancients, the Modern Movement in toto including music, literature and film. Truth to materials.
Firstly, I have always painted - in oils - from about age 13. However, my Oxford degrees were in English Literature. In 1961/62 I spent a year painting full-time in St Ives (with friends from Southend Art School) where I exhibited in the usual way. After that I taught at Hornsey College of Art, then the Art & Design Faculty of N E London Polytechnic, for many years.
I showed in the Young Contemporaries (as a sort of honorary member of Southend Art School); subsequently with the London Group and elsewhere. In 1985 I decided to take early retirement and spent a (notionally re-training) year at NELP, getting a sort of bolt-on degree in Fine Art. Since then I have painted full-time, and exhibited regularly, mostly in London and East Anglia, but also in Chichester and Bath.
CV & Education
2011 - Land Marks: paintings by David Page, 2000 - 2011, Harleston Gallery, 3 Old Market Place, Harleston, Norfolk IP20 9BE
2008 - Fieldmarks & Other Observations, The Cut, Halesworth, Suffolk
2004 - Portraits of Notable Fields, Roots of Norfolk, The Museum of Rural Life, Gressenhall, Norfolk
2002 - Places & People. Recent Paintings, Playhouse Theatre Gallery, Norwich, Norfolk
2000 - Hallwong and Other Places, Sheringham Little Theatre Gallery, Sheringham, Norfolk
1999 - The Thirty Seven Views of Hallwong, Lennox Gallery, Chelsea, London
1997 - Twelve Recent paintings, South Norfolk House, Long Stratton, Norfolk
1995 - No Such Country, The Gallery, Pentonville Road, London
1993 - With Jane German and Carolyn Willows, The Gallery, Pentonville Road, London
1990 - The Gallery, Pentonville Road, London
1989 - Adnams Wine Warehouse, Southwold, Suffolk
1951 - Retrospective, Greengate House, Plaistow, East London
2009 - Salthouse 2009, Salthouse Church, Salthouse, N Norfolk
2008 - David Page, Derek Nice, Derek Kelley: Recent Work, Arndean Gallery, 23 Cork Street, London
2008 - DJ Kelley/Derek Nice/David Page:Paintings and Sculpture, Arndean Gallery, 23 Cork Street LondonW1S 3NJ
2008 - Jane German & David page: Recent Work, The Cut Arts Centre, Halesworth
2008 - Norfolk Contemporary Art 2008, The Forum, Norwich
2008 - Norwich Castle Open Show, Norwich Castle Museum, Norwich
2007 - The Cut Open, New Cut Arts, The Cut, New Cut, Halesworth,Suffolk
2005 - Norwich Castle Open, Norwich Castle Museum , Norwich, Norfolk
2004 - Land & Light, Wingfield Arts, Wingfield, Suffolk
2001 - Places & Some People, Halesworth Gallery, Halesworth, Suffolk
1999 - Eastern Open, Fermoy Art Gallery, Kings Lynn Arts Centre, Norfolk
1997 - Chair, Halesworth Gallery, Suffolk
1997 - Open Exhibition, Halesworth Gallery, Suffolk
1997 - Picture This, exhibitions and open studios, Norfolk and Norwich Arts Festival
1996 - Drawings for All, Gainsborough's House, Sudbury, Suffolk
1996 - Schoolhouse Gallery, Bath
2011 - Have I Got Nudes for You! A Celebration of the Naked Truth, Harleston Gallery, Harleston
2010 - Hornsey College of Art Uprising, Tate Etc Magazine, London
2009 - Harleston & Waveney Art Trail (Open Studios), Artst's studio, Harleston