Approved: 16.08.2006

David Wiseman

Artist, Curator, Teacher

Approved: 16.08.2006

Concepts The works on canvas are made in the studio and I also work directly from the landscape with a variety of mixed media on smaller works on paper. My paintings are begun in a loose, exploratory way using a freely drawn series of calligraphic marks, stains and shapes using a wide variety of brushes, hand, roller, scraper, sponge, etc. They are inspired by particular landscape places or events

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  • Location: London
  • Contexts: Exhibition
  • Artforms: Drawing, Painting
  • Tags: 2d, painting, coast, landscape, works on paper, light, river, contemporary, mixed media
 

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    Biography

    Concepts The works on canvas are made in the studio and I also work directly from the landscape with a variety of mixed media on smaller works on paper. My paintings are begun in a loose, exploratory way using a freely drawn series of calligraphic marks, stains and shapes using a wide variety of brushes, hand, roller, scraper, sponge, etc. They are inspired by particular landscape places or events using drawings, photographs and memory of these places which are always special to me. Although spending a lot of time in Devon and the south coast I am equally inspired by local rivers and parklands close to my Ealing home. I am not so interested in the topographical exotic picture postcard view but in getting close to nature where the ordinary is extraordinary. A small part of a stream and its river bank crowded with vegetation, texture, light and colour is enough for me. The final image is slowly extracted in a playful, organic way using overlaid marks and glazes to express qualities of nature such as mood, light, colour, atmosphere, space etc. I am attempting to find equivalents for the landscape in the physical qualities of paint. I want the paintings to be intriguing, tantalising and ambiguous held between the plastic qualities of the paint and all the magical illusions and evocations of the depiction of nature. The smaller works on paper are always made outside in front of the landscape and often then worked on in the studio. I work with a variety of tools and brushes outside as well as inside. I carry a large bag of rollers, sponges, scrapers, a multitude of brushes as well as lots of different media. In the studio the paintings are always started stretched on the floor so I can allow the paint to flow, spread and run into the forms of the landscape. The paint at this stage is often quite fluid and transparent. This first stage can take around an hour or so of intense activity whereas the next stages of the paintings can often take several weeks or months. After being begun on the floor the painting is then stretched onto a stretcher and painted from then on the wall. There follows a dialogue between myself , the paint, and the landscape. I try to let the paint become the landscape, rather than filling the paint into landscape shapes, in order to express a feeling of change and movement in nature. Influences Aesthetic/Formal Concerns Career path I gained a first class honours degree in 1972 at St. Martins School of Art and an M.A. at the Royal College of Art finishing in 1975. I have over 30 years experience as a painter and from 1987 onwards have also been involved with a number of large scale public art works. I have taught painting in numerous art schools across the country and have exhibited widely both as an individual and in many important selected group exhibitions. These include the New Contemporaries, John Moores , Hayward Annual, R.A. Summer Exhibition, Discerning Eye etc. My individual shows include those at the Serpentine Gallery and Peterborough City Museum. I have taken part in touring exhibitions to Germany, U.S.A., and Spain including a British Council exhibition to Aachen and tour also including Hodgkin, Auerbach, Kiff and Kossoff. I have exhibited in important curated exhibitions in this country at The Museum of Modern Art, Oxford, Kettles Yard Gallery, Cambridge and the Camden Arts Centre. I have my work in many corporate and public collections including the Arts Council, Prudential, The Bank of England, London Borough of Hammersmith, The Open University, Peterborough City Museum, Lewisham Hospital and many more. My work is represented in private collections in all parts of the world. I have completed 8 major public art works including large scale murals at Charing Cross, Frimley Park, Royal London and Ealing Hospitals and a 300 foot temporary mural covering the building site resulting from the IRA bomb in Ealing Broadway.

    CV & Education

    Solo exhibitions

    1980 - "Serpentine Summer Show", Serpentine Gallery, London

    1983 - Peterborough City Museum and Art Gallery

    1985 - Centre 181 Gallery, Hammersmith

    1987 - Polytechnic Gallery, Brighton

    1988 - Minories, Colchester 1988 - Winchester Gallery

    1993 - Islington Arts Factory, London

    1996 - Questors Theatre Gallery, Ealing, London

    2005 - "Above us only sky", Tricycle Theatre Gallery, Kilburn, London

    2013 - Rowley Gallery at Kensington Place, Kensington Place, London

    2015 Water Street Gallery, Todmorden, Lancs   

    2016 "Water's Edge" Cello Factory, London 

               Felix and Spear Gallery, Ealing 

     

    Group exhibitions

    1974 Bradford Drawing Biennale, Cartwright Hall, Bradford
    1975 New Contemporaries, Camden Arts Centre, London
    1976 John Moores Exhibition 10, Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool
    1979 Open Attitudes, Museum of Modern Art, Oxford
            Drawing Exhibition, with Graham Crowley, Jon Holt Gallery,London
    1980 Seven Painters, Kettles Yard Gallery, Cambridge, Polytechnic
            Gallery, Hull, City Art Gallery, Portsmouth, Minories, Colchester
            British Painters, Art into Industry, Heathrow Airport, London
    1981 Studied at St. Martins, St. Martins School of Art Gallery, London
            Contemporary Artists in Camden, Camden Arts Centre, London
    1982 Thirteen British Artists, with Howard Hodgkin, Frank Auerbach, Ken Kiff,
             Leon Kossoff, John Walker, etc. Neue Galerie, Aachen, Kunstverein,
             Mannheim, and Kunstverein Brunswick, Germany
             Hayward Annual, Hayward Gallery, London
             London Group Open Exhibition , Camden Arts Centre and tour
             John Moores Exhibition 13, Walker Art gallery, Liverpool
    1983 Artists in Aid of Amnesty, Work of Art gallery, London
             Landscapes, Aspex Gallery, Portsmouth
    1984 Painters at Winchester, Winchester Gallery, Winchester
            Two Painters, with Michael Major, Woodlands Gallery, London
            London Group Open Exhibition, Royal College of Art, London
    1985 The Leicester Exhibition, Beaumanor Hall, Leicester

    1986 Three Painters, with Jeff Dellow, George Percy Arteast Gallery, London

    1987 On a Plate, Serpentine Gallery, London
            Artists who studied with Peter de Francia, Camden Arts Centre,
             London
            Myth, Dream and Landscape, Swiss Cottage Library Gallery, London
            The Broader Horizon, Southern Arts Touring Exhibition
    1988 The Leicester Exhibition, Beaumanor Hall, Leicester
             Modern Miniatures, Hepsibah Gallery, London
    1989  Woodlands, Trelissick Gallery, Truro, Cornwall
    1990  Mixed Exhibition, Woodlands Gallery, London
    1991  Living Landscapes Gill Gallery, London

    1992  12/19 181, Centre 181 Gallery, Hammersmith, London
             Riverside Artists, Maidstone Library Gallery, Maidstone
             Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy of Arts, London
    1993  Riverside Artists, Galeria Liceo Recrea, Orensano, Ourense, Spain and tour to
             Casa de la Cultura, Chantado Lugo, Casa de la Cultura Monforte de Lemos
             Luga, and Galeria Ansoar Chantada Lugo, Spain
    1994  R.A.G. Show, Watermans Art Gallery, London
             Rexel Derwent Open Drawing Exhibition, Cheltenham
             Open Door Open Exhibition, Holborn, London
    1995  The Sea, Beatrice Royal Gallery of Contemporary Art, Eastliegh,Hampshire
    1996  First Sight, Pitshanger Manor Gallery, Ealing, London
             Contingent Lots, Riverside Studios, Hammersmith, London
             Cheltenham Open Drawing Exhibition, Cheltenham
    1997  Riverside Artists Group, Museo Municipal Ourense, Spain and tour
    1998  Boundaries of Landscape Art, Small Mansion Art Centre, London
             Vital Art, Atlantis Gallery, London
             Viewpoints Open Exhibition, Artsway Arts Centre, Sway, Hampshire
             Critical Faculty, Stanley Picker Gallery for the Arts, Kingston ,
             Calder Gallery, Grand Valley State University, U.S.A. and tour
             Artists in Arms, St. Davids Hall, Cardiff and tour to Edinburgh and London
             Ealing Open Exhibition, Pitshanger Manor Gallery, Ealing, London
    1999 Transformations, Small Mansion Arts Centre, Ealing, London
    2000 Westlondonartists Sackville Gallery, Piccadilly, London
    2001 Unique Visions Riverhouse Gallery, Walton on Thames, Surrey
            The British Society of Landscape Painters Open Exhibition,     
            Mall Galleries, London
    2002 Viewpoints Jersey Galleries, Osterley House, London 

             Riverside Artists Museo Municipal Ourense, Spain
             The Discerning Eye Mall Galleries, London
    2003  Upstream Exhibition Space, Charing Cross Hospital, London
             Entertaining Mr.Soane   Pitshanger Manor Museum, Ealing, London
             Landscapes New Ashgate Gallery, Farnham, Surrey
             View Open Exhibition, Artsway Arts Centre, Sway, Hampshire
             Christmas Exhibition, Blue Wing Gallery, Kew, London
    2004  Celebrations Chelsea Gallery London
    2005  Mixed exhibition August Gallery, Brenchley, Kent

    2006  Westlondonartists  Jersey Galleries, Osterley House, London

    2008  Westlondonartists, Jersey Gallery, Osterley House, London

              Ealing Open Exhibition, PM Gallery, Ealing, London

    2009   Mixed Exhibition, Architects Gallery, Teddington

              The London Group Open , Menier Gallery, London 

    2010   Ealing Open Exhibition, PM Gallery, Ealing, London

              ArtWorks Open, Commended Artist, Artworks Project Space, London
              Three Wise Men   with Betty Wiseman, Holly Wiseman   PM Gallery Ealing   
              National Acrylic Painters Association, Crypt Gallery , St.Ives               

              Winner  Presidents Prize

              Gallery Artists, Water Street Gallery, Todmorden

              West London Artists  Posk Gallery  Hammersmith London                 

    2011  Small Works, Water Street Gallery, Todmorden

             Artworks Open , Artworks Project Space, London

             The London Group Open, Cello Factory, London

             National Acrylic Painters Association, Williamson Art Gallery    

             Birkenhead, Wirral     winner  Adrian Henri Memorial Prize

    2012  Landmarks   Water Street Gallery  Todmorden    

             100plus100 , London Group, Cello Factory, London

             Discerning Eye  Mall Galleries, London

             National Acrylic Painters Association, Crypt Gallery , St.Ives

             Small is Beautiful    Bowman Gallery  Richmond

    2013  National Acrylic Painters Association, Pannett Art Gallery, Whitby

             The London Group 100+, Cello Factory, London

             Winter Season Water Street Gallery  Todmorden

    2014  The London Group on London   Cello Factory, London

              Drawn To It   Water Street Gallery, Todmorden,        

              Bomberg to Rego, London Group in Southampton, Museum and Art Gallery 

              Garden of Earthly Delights, Water Street Gallery, Todmorden,       

              National Acrylic Painters Association, Crypt Gallery , St.Ives

    2015   Royal Watercolour Society  Open  Bankside Gallery, London

              National Acrylic Painters Association, Crypt Gallery , St.Ives

              The London Group Open, Cello Factory, London

    2016   Royal Watercolour Society  Open  Bankside Gallery, London

              Winner RWS Purchase Prize

              The Deaf Canvas Listens  London Group Exhibition,   KCC Gallery , London

              National Acrylic Painters Association, Oxmarket Centre for the Arts,

              Chichester.  Winner Daler Rowney Prize        

              London Group Annual ,  Cello Factory, London

              Landmarks  Water Street Gallery, Todmorden, Lancs

    2017  The London Group - Viewpoints  Felix and Spear Gallery, Ealing

              Arborealists    Nature in Art Gallery, Gloucester

              Personal Relations The London Group  Cello Factory , London

              and touring to The Hague, Holland and Vicenza, Italy.

              National Acrylic Painters Association, Crypt Gallery , St.Ives

              Winner Presidents Prize

              Summer Exhibition  Felix and Spear Gallery, Ealing   

              Arborealists,  Le Dortoir des Moines,St Benoit, Poitiers, France          

              Royal Society of Marine Artists  Mall Galleries, London

              London Group Open Exhibition Cello Factory, London  curator and selector