David Sawyer RBA
I would describe myself as a modern British Impressionist,working within the tradition of landscape painting. I am mainly interested in architectural subjects and the effect of light in revealing the nature of its structure and creating a mood or atmosphere. The subject matter I paint encompasses Mediterranean landscapes to London’s urban skyline.
My principal medium is oil paint although I also use watercolour as a means of exploring ideas and making preparatory studies.Much of my work, at this time, is on a larger scale as it is increasingly more studio based, using drawings and photographic reference and occasionally small oil studies made in situ. Generally, I have 5-6 main paintings that I am working on in my studio at one time, as ideas and elements, that I am exploring, move between one piece to another. If I am unhappy with a picture, I will leave it untouched and unseen for a while. Usually on returning to it later, problems can be resolved seeing it in a fresh light.I work between a small studio space in London, where I formulate my ideas and a larger studio in South West France, where I generally paint my larger pictures.
19th July 1961 Born in London
1979-1983 Canterbury College of Art 30 May
2004 Elected to RBA
2006 Annual Exhibition. Royal Society of British Artists. The Mall Galleries, London SW1 (Awarded Education Purchase Prize)
2005 Annual Exhibition. Royal Society of British Artists. The Mall Galleries, London SW1 (Winner of the Daler-Rowney Award)
1997 50th Anniversary Exhibition. Chelsea Arts Society. Chelsea Old Town Hall, London SW3 (Winner of the Katherine William-Powlett Memorial Award for a Watercolour)
2008- Landscape paintings in Oil on show and sale. Cross Gate Gallery, 509 East Main Street, Lexington, Kentucky 40508, USA- Annual Exhibition, Venice in Peril. (Oils) W.H. Patterson Fine Art Ltd, 19 Albemarle Street, London W1- Opening Group Exhibition. Art @ the Celtic. Celtic Manor Resort Hotel, Coldra Woods, The Usk Valley, Newport, NP18 1HQ- Oxford. Drawings and Watercolours. Thompson’s Gallery Marylebone, 76 Marylebone High Street, London W1U 5JU- Solo Exhibition. Recent Paintings Oakham Contemporary Gallery, 27 Bury Street, St James’s, London SW1Y 6AL - Group Summer Exhibition. Denise Yapp, Contemporary Art. Mill House, Whitebrook, Monmouth NP25 4TX2005- 2007 - Solo Exhibition. Recent Paintings Panter & Hall, 9 Shepherd Market, London W1J 9PF 2005- Annual Open Exhibition. New English Arts Club. The Mall Galleries, London SW12004 - Solo Exhibition. Oils and Watercolours, Thompson’s Gallery, 175 High Street, Aldeburgh, Suffolk IP15 5AN- 59th Annual Exhibition. Royal Society of Marine Artists. The Mall Galleries, London SW1
July 2008 “Oxford from an Artist’s eye. Art of England Magazine.
October 2000 “Materials and Methods: Choosing Canvases”. Artists and Illustrators Magazine.
May 1998 “Materials and Methods: Canvas and Oil Papers”. Artists and Illustrators Magazine.
March 1998 “Ancient and Modern”. Artists and Illustrators Magazine.