David Hawthorne studied fine art at Berkshire College of Art and University College of Wales, Aberystwyth, graduating in 1973, and taught for several years as the Head of Art. Following a career in education which culminated in becoming a director of education and head of children's services in a local authority, he returned to full-time painting in 2009.
An abstract im...pressionist of outdoor scenes, both urban and rural, David uses colour and tone to evoke the atmosphere associated with a place and time of day. Oil is his preferred medium, and with it he creates work which clearly demonstrates a love for the physicality of paint as well as his subject matter.
David's paintings are inspired by the features found in urban and natural environments. The paintings have an abstract quality but often retain representational elements. One might pick out city scenes or coastal landscapes in more figurative examples; whilst in his abstract paintings, he reduces shapes to a minimum of line and colour in order to extract the essence of the subject.
He has won a number of awards including the prestigious 2017 Charles Pears Award from the Royal Society of Marine Artists. The annual exhibition of some 400 works, by many of the most celebrated marine artists at work today, evokes the spirit of the sea - from the ships, yachts and dinghies that sail on it to the people who take their leisure by it; from the exhilaration of the deep sea to the calm of quiet harbours and estuaries.
In 2015 he was also awarded Best Painting at the 2015 Open Media Exhibition at the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists for his expressive painting "Two Stacks" which was subsequently exhibited at the Royal West of England Academy in Bristol.
David is now an elected member of the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists (RBSA) and is currently Vice-President of the United Society of Artists (UA).
David exhibits regularly with the Royal West of England Academy, Bristol, and the Mall Galleries, London, and is represented by the Stour Gallery, The Darryl Nantais Gallery and Linton59.