Approved: 16.08.2006

David Wiseman

Approved: 16.08.2006

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
  • Artforms: Drawing, Painting
  • Tags: 2d, atmosphere, landscape, light, river, coast, works on paper, colour, water, painting, mixed media


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 2013 - Rowley Gallery at Kensington Place, Kensington Place, London 2005 - Above us only sky, Tricycle Theatre Gallery, Kilburn, London 1996 - Questors Theatre Gallery, Ealing, London 1993 - Islington Arts Factory, London 1988 - Minories, Colchester 1988 - Winchester Gallery 1987 - Polytechnic Gallery, Brighton 1985 - Centre 181 Gallery, Hammersmith 1983 - Peterborough City Museum and Art Gallery 1980 - Serpentine Summer Show, Serpentine Gallery Group exhibitions 2012 - Discerning Eye, Mall Galleries, London 2012 - Landmarks, Water Street Gallery, Todmorden 2011 - London Group Open Exhibition, The Cello Factory, London 2011 - National Acrylic Painters Association Annual Exhibition (prizewinner), Williamson Art Gallery and Museum, Birkenhead 2010 - Artworks Open, Artworks Project Space, London 2010 - Ealing Open, PM Gallery, Ealing 2010 - National Acrylic Painters' Association National Exhibition 2010 (prizewinner), The Crypt Gallery , St. Ives, Cornwall 2010 - Small Works-Great Art, Water Street Gallery , Todmorden, Lancashire 2010 - Spring Exhibition, Architects Gallery, Teddington 2010 - Summer Exhibition, Waterstreet Gallery, Todmorden, Lancashire 2010 - Three Wisemen, Studio, PM Gallery, Ealing 2009 - London Group Open Exhibition, Menier Gallery, London 2009 - Mixed Exhibition, Architects Gallery, Teddington 2008 - Ealing Open , PM Gallery, Ealing 2008 - West London Artists, Jersey Galleries, Osterley House, London 2004 - Opening Exhibition, Blue Wing Gallery, Padstow, Cornwall 2003 - Landscapes, New Ashgate Gallery, Farnham, Surrey 2003 - View, Artsway Arts Centre, Sway, Hampshire 2002 - Riverside Artists, Museo Municipal Ourense, Spain 2002 - The Discerning Eye, Mall Galleries, London 2002 - Viewpoints, Jersey Galleries, Osterley House, London 2001 - The British Landscape, Mall Galleries, London 2001 - Unique Visions, Riverhouse Gallery, Walton on Thames, Surrey 2000 - Westlondonartists, Sackville Gallery, Piccadilly, London 1999 - Transformations, Small Mansion Art Centre, London 1998 - Boundaries of Landscape Art, Small Mansion Art Centre, London 1998 - Critical Faculties, Stanley Picker Gallery, Kingston and US tour 1998 - Ealing Open, Pitshanger Manor Gallery, Ealing 1998 - Viewpoints, Artsway, Sway, Hampshire 1998 - VitalArt, Atlantis Gallery, London 1997 - Riverside Artists Group, Musée Municipal, Ovrense, Spain and Tour 1996 - Cheltenham Open Drawing Exhibition, Cheltenham 1996 - First Sight, Pitshanger Manor Gallery, Ealing 1995 - The Sea, Beatrice Royal Gallery, Eastleigh, Hants 1994 - Rexel Derwent Open Drawing Exhibition, Cheltenham 1992 - Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 1989 - Woodlands, Trelissick Gallery, Truro, Cornwall 1987 - Myth, Dream and Landscape, Swiss Cottage Library Gallery 1984 - London Group Open Exhibition, Royal College of Art 1982 - Hayward Annual, Hayward Gallery 1982 - John Moores Exhibition 13, Walker Art Gallery 1982 - Thirteen British Artists, Neue Galerie, Aachen and German Tour 1979 - Open Attitudes, Museum of Modern Art, Oxford 1976 - John Moores Exhibition 10, Walker Art Gallery Public commissions 2004 - Playground Mural made in conjuction with pupils, Hobbayne Primary School , Hanwell, London 2002 - "Under the Sea" mural covering all walls and ceiling Childrens Ward , Royal London Hospital for Kings Fund Healing Environment Project, Whitechapel, London 2001 - Outdoor Mural , The Playground in the Sky, Childrens Ward Playground, Ealing Hospital, London 2001 - Temporary Mural Ealing Broadway Hoarding Project "Ealing", covering buiding site after bomb damage, Ealing Broadway Centre 2000 - Mural Special Care Baby Unit, Frimley Park Hospital, Frimley, Surrey 1990 - Mural "Caring for our Well Being" Reception Area, Clinical Unit, West Middlesex Hospital, Isleworth, London 1989 - "Garden of Delights" Ceiling Mural entrance lobby , Charing Cross Hospital, Hammersmith, London Other 2013 - Elected to the London Group, The London Group, London