Approved: 15.05.2010

David Lucas


Approved: 15.05.2010

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.

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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.

Recent bodies of work have explored themes around light, the sea, shadow, cloud iridescence, horizons, space, sky, comets and rainbows. My visual language involves painterly abstraction, employing line, colour and shape.

I attempt to unravel the experience of the moment from both external and internal points of view. My creative process incorporates a superstructure and the accidental potential within it. The tension between controlling the image and allowing chance to play its part is essentially the subject and source of power in the work.

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 ' (' Mappin Open Solo Shows '), Mappin Art Gallery, Sheffield.

Selected Group Exhibitions 

2017 ' Kunsthuis Summer Exhibition ', Kunsthuis Gallery, Crayke, North Yorkshire.

2017 ' From the box file: Uncovering the archive ', Bloc Projects, Sheffield.

2017 '  Colour Code ', Cupola Contemporary Art, Sheffield. 

2016 ' To Please A Few ', Cupola Contemporary Art, Sheffield.

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.

Curated Projects  

2011  ' Journey ' (How far can we reach' Art Festival), Topolski Century Gallery, London.

Artist Talks  

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,

2012  Artslant Showcase Winner (Painting), Artslant,

2011  Arts Council Lottery Funded Grant(Grants for the Arts), Arts Council England

2011  Artslant Showcase Winner (Painting), Artslant,

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

Educational Experience  

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