About the artist
Based in the heart of the Staffordshire Moorlands in the bustling market town of Leek. David started his professional life as an art teacher and running a picture framing business but for the last 20 years he has devoted his time to painting full time.
David has regularly contributed to exhibitions at the Blackheath Gallery in London and to the Pastel Society in the Mall Gallery. His style and quality have been recognised both nationally and internationally. He has won several prestigious awards for his work, including the Pastel Society’s Tom Rice Award, the gift of the society’s president. He has also enjoyed local success including prizes in the Stafford County Open in 1994, the Three Counties Open at Keele in 1998 and 2008, and the Derbyshire Open in 2000. In 2006 he was awarded ‘Most Popular Pictures in the Snow’ at the Staffordshire Open Studios preview exhibition at Lichfield Cathedral. David was especially pleased with this award because it was voted for by members of the public. In 2008 he won the coveted ‘Friends of the Gallery’ award at the Stoke Open in the City Museum, Hanley, Stoke on Trent.
David has regular, successful shows at Longsdon Village Hall, an excellent venue with good lighting and parking facilities. He has been invited to show work at the Churchgate Gallery, Porlock, Somerset and has been featured in mixed and two main shows at this most successful gallery in the West Country.
The Staffordshire Moorlands rugged landscape and the beautiful beaches of North Devon provide wonderfully complementary scenic challenges and dispite the sometimes harsh climate the enjoys the challenge and spontaneity of working out doors. David works primarily with oils and pastels, however recently, he has introduced an interesting combination of pastel and gouache which gives an extraordinary texture and dimension to the work.
“The visual stimulation provided by the Staffordshire Moorlands and the strong feelings engendered by the changing climatic conditions have always been with me. This strong motivation has, I believe, led to my continued development as a painter working in oil paint and soft pastels. I am always striving to develop my understanding of how the media can be used to explore the strong feelings provoked by my surroundings.”
The recurrent themes of light and texture, used with daring effects, are aspects of his work which are constantly developing and maturing. David’s successful developments in colour, style and subject have been commended by collectors of his work.
“Over the last few years, the constant changes in mood and atmosphere that one sees along the coastal fringes of Devon and Dorset have been another source of material to me. My desire is to put into visual form the tremendously powerful reaction that I have to light, the mood and it’s relationship to the landscape.”
David’s influences are evident in his work, Monet, Constable and Turner are major influences. David shares their innovative and daring use of light, colour and texture and is concerned with developing his style and ideas through his painting.
All images © 2000-2016 David Hunt.