David loves the experience of being wholly focused and immersed in the moment. Painting ‘plein air’ allows him to engage with a subject and he always aims to get to the very essence of the experience, distilling what he sees/feels and shaping it into something that captures the moment and holds its own as a painterly statement.
Ideas are generally explored directly on location and these works can have the potential to be developed into more resolved pieces back in the studio. Often there is little more to say beyond the original statement and the painting needs no further development. This approach has enabled David to develop observational and technical skills whilst encouraging a greater connection and understanding of the subjects encountered. The energy and focus that comes from tapping directly into the very essence of the moment is an increasingly important element in my work. Both on location and in the studio he generally paints with oils but occasionally use acrylics and watercolours. He keeps personal sketchbooks with him most of the time for jotting down ideas and making visual connections with his surroundings.
David Pilgrim has a First Class (Joint Hons) degree in Fine Art and Pure Mathematics from the University of Wales, Aberystwyth (1994-1997). Since graduating he has continued to pursue his passion for painting and in particular plein air painting. He was elected a full member of the ROI in 2012.
Plein air Brotherhood
Winner of ‘Best plein air’ and ‘Best small painting’, The Bath Prize 2010
Winner of Winsor & Newton painting prize, ROI paint evening 2010
Selected by the BBC to be one of a group of artists to paint the Diamond Jubilee Pageant from the Millennium bridge (May 2012). Filming was broadcast live as part of the BBC's coverage of the event.
Adrian Hill Fine Art, Holt (ongoing)
The Bath Prize (Bath Gallery)
Hawker Gallery, Amersham (including ROI exhibitions)
A&K Wilson, Harpenden (including ROI exhibitions)
Llewellyn Alexander, London
New Grafton, London
Burlington Contemporary, Cheltenham
Written several articles published in The Artist magazine (UK) and Plein Air magazine (US/International)