My work is concerned with the two great subjects of art, the human body and the landscape. It draws on many influences from nature to dance, photography, astronomy, and music.
I believe in the art of painting and drawing as a vehicle for a poetic and evocative expression of the world. For me with their diversity, the abstract and figurative traditions still resonate and seek new paths in the 21st century.
The paintings are generally grouped in series, each containing works on different themes. The Eclipse series was triggered by recent solar and lunar eclipses and their powerful effects of light and dark. They try to evoke a sense of being on the earth and looking at the universe.
The First Light / Aubade series tries to recreate the experience of light as landscape, particularly the extremes of early morning or dusk. I want these to be visionary in the sense of capturing a fleeting spirit of place or evocation of their otherworldlyness. The Dance paintings are evolving slowly towards pure colour and drawing based studies of movement.
Both these works and the abstracts are usually created in series and they coexist in their vibrant use of colour and drawing and the shared commonality of the physical presence of the moving body and the all embracing sensations of colour and light.
The Drawings are in many different media and include some portraits.
Lithographic prints are now available.
David Cottingham graduated from St Martin's School of Art in London, where he studied with William Tucker, Phillip King RA and Sir Anthony Caro.
He is now a London-based painter and has developed a large body of work in both the figurative and abstract traditions. He has recently exhibited in New York, Chicago, London and Rome. Work is also held in various private collections and corporate commissions.
The art work ranges from landscape-influenced, abstract paintings to large figurative, dance-inspired, works on canvas and limited edition lithographic prints and drawings in all media.
Hon Vice President Hesketh Hubbard Society, affiliated to the Federation of British Artists.
The abstract paintings are inspired by landscapes, cities, spaces, memories and the emotional power of colour and light, they are usually grouped in series.
The figurative based paintings are studies of dance, movement or gesture. They are large life-size works inspired by contemporary dance and individual dancers. Their aim is to express the essence of the body in motion.
Member of Axis.
2008 : Commission : London Light Series for Cartlidge Morland, City of London. Viewing by appointment : www.cartlidgemorland.com
2008 September : Gallery 5 , Blenheim Crescent, London
Group Exhibition, Australian Abstracts
2008 August : The Gallery, Cork Street, 1st International Cork Street Open
Juried Exhibition, London Light Abstract.
2008 4th-20th March, Gallery 286, London
Solo Exhibition of Paintings and Drawings, including new work in the London Light and Large Dancer series. www.gallery286.com
2007 August 3rd-19th, Rome : ARTexhibitionLink.com showing at Castello S.Severa, Curated by Barbara Goebels-Cattaneo :
Group Exhibiton of Abstract Paintings http://www.artexhibitionlink.com.
2006/2007 SaLon Gallery, London
Solo Exhibition of Abstract and Dance work
2006 May : Salon Prive Arti Visive, Rome
Solo Exhibition of Dance Paintings http://www.artexhibitionlink.com
2005 Sept : Fine Art Building, Finestra Art Gallery, Chicago
Solo Exhibiton Abstract Paintings http://www.artexhibitionlink.com
2005 August : Catto Gallery, London
Group Exhibition / Abstract Paintings
2004 November: The Agora Gallery, New York
Solo Exhibition of Abstract paintings
Work is published internationally:
Life Drawing Class is published in the UK by Harper Collins and in the US by Watson Guptill.
Draw and Sketch Figures, published in the UK by Search Press and in the US by North Light Books.
The Encyclopedia of Drawing Techniques published in the US by Running Press
Figure Drawing Published in the US by Barnes and Noble.