David A Parfitt artwork for sale and artist biography

David was born in Cornwall but lives near Bath. He is a landscape painter, working with watercolours and water-based media.

Although David knew that he wanted to draw and paint from an early age, it was many years before he could devote himself full time to painting (working as a civil servant for 27 years). ‘I had no art training and am totally self taught, but managed
... to paint while working and I eventually started selling my work in local galleries. This encouraged me to make the change to part time working so I could develop my painting further. Only in 2007 did I make the decision to go full time as an artist, helped by the fact that our children had left home’.

David was elected a member of the Royal Institute of Painters in Water colours in 2011.

He won The Neil Meacher Sketching Prize in the RI 200 Exhibition (2012) and the Frank Herring award in 2014.

Artist Statement

I am passionate about watercolour, with its fluidity and uncontrollable nature; finding how the medium can be used to express and convey a feeling for the moods and atmosphere of the landscape.

I see my paintings as fairly representational and my aim is to create something which has a sense of place without looking too contrived or deliberate. The whole approach for me is about experimenting, learning and developing as I attempt to push the water-based medium as far as I can. I am currently obsessed with the idea of trying to make paintings without the use of opaque or white pigment. All the while trying to bear in mind Lucien Freud’s words ‘The painting, in order to move us, must not merely remind us of life, but must acquire a life of its own’.

The continuing evolution in my work has also resulted in some changes to the process whereby I have found that, in the past few years, I have spent an increasing amount of time working in the studio. In previous years I completed around 60% of my work en plen-air when I felt that being outside in all weathers, getting the information first hand was a lot of what the process involved. I still believe that it is essential to work on paintings outdoors, especially as I enjoy the challenge to get things done quickly and simply but more often than not these days, I take long walks with my sketchbook, a small box of watercolours and a camera, using the sketches and photographs to make studio based pieces where I can give more thought to experimentation, or just work purely from memory.

I am rather obsessed with the use of sketchbooks; they can take the form of a holiday ‘diary’, drawings during a day walking in the landscape, or sketched paintings on location. I will also draw from the photographs I take, sometimes adding paint or making preparatory studies for larger studio paintings.

Publications

The Artist April, July, November & December 2015

Artists & Illustrators Magazine April 2013

Somerset magazine – January 2011

The Artist – August 2008

Lifelines; The vital dry stone walls of the Mendip Hills AONB (2008)

50 Wessex Artists (2006)

Somerset magazine – October 2000

International Artist – January 2000





















Selected Exhibitions

2015 Royal West of England Academy, Bristol

Sunday Times Watercolour Competition

Royal Society of Marine Artists

2014 Royal West of England Academy, Bristol

Sunday Times Watercolour Competition

2013 Royal West of England Academy, Bristol

Shenzhen International Watercolour Biennial, China

2011 Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours, Mall Galleries London ELECTED MEMBER
2010 Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours, Mall Galleries London
Royal West of England Academy, Bristol

2009 Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours, Mall Galleries London
21st Century Watercolour, RWS Bankside Gallery, London

Royal West of England Academy, Bristol

2008 Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours, Mall Galleries London
Lifelines book launch, Wells museum

8 Contemporary Watercolourists, Newland Gallery, Sherborne

2007 Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours, Mall Galleries London
Royal West of England Academy, Bristol

Lifelines project; celebrating the landscape of the Mendip Hills, Charterhouse

2006 Royal West of England Academy, Bristol

50 Wessex Artists, Brewhouse, Taunton

2004 Royal West of England Academy, Bristol

2000 Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours, Mall Galleries
South West Academy, Exeter

1999 Royal West of England Academy, Bristol

1998 Royal West of England Academy, Bristol

2000- Somerset Art Works Open Studio events



Group exhibitions

2015 RI at Lloyds Register, London

Quartz Visual Arts Festival, Taunton

John Noott Gallery, Broadway Modern, Broadway

2014 3 from the RI, Fountain Fine Art, Cardiff

Art in Action, Waterperry House, Waterperry

Denise Yapp Contemporary Summer Exhibition

‘Putting the Park back into Musgrove Park Hospital’, Taunton

RI in Wales, Tenby Museum

RI at Lloyds Register, London

Watercolour International II, Thessaloniki Biennial of Watercolour, Greece

Sea Pictures Gallery, Clare

2013- a2 Gallery, Wells,

Fountain Fine Art, Cardiff

2012- Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours, Mall Galleries London
2012 RI in Rye with the Rye Art Gallery

2012 Views from the hill, The Studio Gallery Bagley

2011 High Watermark 2011 (Joint RI/RWS exhibition at the Bankside and Mall Galleries

London)

RI in Winchester with the Minster Gallery

2011- Affinity Fine Art, Castle Cary

2011&2012 Affordable art fair, Bristol

2010- Workshop Wales Gallery, Fishguard

2009&2012 John Leach Gallery, Muchelney

2008 Views from the hill, The Studio Gallery Bagley

2008- The Jerram Gallery, Sherborne

2007- Affordable art fair, Battersea London

2006-2012 3D Gallery Bristol

2005- First View Gallery, Stourhead

2005-2010 Inspires Gallery, Oxford

2004-2006 The Wonderwall Gallery, Cirencester

2003-2005 Bookshop Gallery, Taunton

2003 Sadler Street Gallery in association with Dodge’s Interiors Sherborne

2002 Sadler Street Gallery at Sherborne House

2002-2003 Handel House Gallery, Devizes

2001-2004 Farrington Gallery

2001-2004 Big Wide Bay, Tavistock

2000-2004 Rooksmoor Gallery, Bath

1996-2010 Sadler Gallery, Wells

1996-1998 Picture Palace, Somerton
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