his light filled and painterly semi-abstract river scenes, are distinguished and intensely atmospheric
Nicholas Usherwood Galleries Magazine September 2015
David Wiseman has been painting for over 35 years since leaving the Royal College of Art in 1975 most spent in his garden studio close to the local rivers, woodland and canal he loves and that inspire his work. He has 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, London Group Open etc. His individual shows include those at the Serpentine Gallery and Peterborough City Museum. He has 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. He has exhibited in important curated exhibitions in this country at The Museum of Modern Art, Oxford, Kettles Yard Gallery, Cambridge and the Camden Arts Centre. He has his 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, Museo Municipal Ourense, Barts and the London N.H.S. Trust, Lewisham Hospital and many more. His work is represented in private collections in all parts of the world and he has completed 8 major public art works including large scale murals at Charing Cross, Frimley Park, Royal London and Ealing Hospitals. He was recently elected member of the National Acrylic Painters Association winning the Presidents Prize and Adrian Henri Memorial Prize in their exhibitions in St Ives and Birkenhead. He was elected to the London Group in 2013 , their Centenary Year. Winner of the Royal Watercolour Society Purchase Prize 2016.
“My larger 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 and canvas . Although spending a lot of time in Devon and the south coast I am equally inspired by the local rivers and parklands close to my Ealing home. My paintings are begun in a loose freely drawn calligraphic way using a wide variety of brushes, rollers, scrapers, sponges etc. the final image being extracted in a playful, organic way using overlaid marks and glazes to express qualities in nature such as mood, light, colour and atmosphere. I want to convey a feeling of change and movement in the landscape and for the paintings to be intriguing, tantalising and ambiguous held between the pure plastic qualities of the paint and all the celebratory, magical illusions and evocations of the depiction of nature”
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