Essentially a ‘plein air’ and figurative painter, working in both oils and watercolours. David Curtis observes the transient lighting conditions and effects of atmosphere in his compositions.
"David has been investigating space, colour and light in his paintings for many years. His images are varied and intriguing and are often inspired by the landscape and the haunting moods of the sea. He has sought to establish beauty within the world around him through a highly perceptive analysis of the structure found in form, light and colour. His awareness of space and the visual incidents which inhabit that space constantly feature in his work.
Consequently, his paintings have a strong visual presence and enable the spectator to embark on an exciting visual journey.
David's paintings are based on careful pictorial judgements and an acute awareness of the role light plays in the development of atmosphere and visual drama. His highly structured sense of composition, his painterly and imaginative approach all combine to produce pictures which are incisive, dramatic and visually hypnotic."
- John Sprakes RBA ROI
David Curtis is a figurative painter working in both oils and watercolours. He is a member of the Royal Institute of Oil Painters and the Royal Society of Marine Artists
Third Prize, Singer & Friedlander/Sunday Times Watercolour Competition, 1989/91/95
Stanley Grimm Memorial Prize, Royal Institute of Oil Painters, 1991 and 1997
First Prize, Singer & Friedlander/Sunday Times Watercolour Competition, 1992
Collins Brown Award, Royal Watercolour Society, 1996
Second Prize, Singer & Friedlander/Sunday Times Watercolour Competition, 1997
The Roberson Award, Royal Institute of Oil Painters, 1998‘The Worshipful Company of Shipwrights Award’, Royal Society of Marine Artists, 2002
The Alan Gourley Memorial Prize, Royal Institute of Oil Painters, 2003
Le Clerc Fowle Medal, Royal Institute of Oil Painters, 2003 and 2008
The Frank Herring Award, Royal Institute of Oil Painters, 2004
2001 Royal Society of Portrait Painters Annual Exhibition, Mall Galleries, London
1982-86/92/93/2002/06/08 Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy of Arts, London
1985/86/90/91/93/96 Royal Watercolour Society Open Exhibition
1981- Royal Society of Marine Artists, Mall Galleries,London
1981-95 Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours Annual Exhibition, Mall Galleries, London
1988/92 Royal Society of British Artists Annual Exhibition, Mall Galleries, London
1987- Royal Institute of Oil Painters Annual Exhibition, Mall Galleries, London
A Light Touch: the Landscape in Oils
A Personal View: The Landscape in Watercolour, David & Charles
A Personal View: The Landscape in Watercolour, DVD
Connecticut Coast to Coast, USA TV, 1996
Light Effects in Watercolour, DVD, 1997
Light in the Landscape, DVD, 2003
Light and Mood in Watercolour, Crysallis Books, 2007
Light and Mood in Watercolour, DVD
David Curtis is comfortable working to commission and covers subjects as diverse as landscape, cityscape, beach subjects, interiors (especially barns and workshops), house portraits and portraiture. He works from life en plein air and uses photography where applicable. In regards to the latter he will use the client's phtographs if they are suitable.