Artist Biography - David Tindle
Born in 1932, in Huddersfield, Yorkshire, David Tindle RA was educated at Coventry School of Art from 1945-46. Later, the artist went on to study at Hornsey College of Art and Byam Shaw School of Art from 1959 to 1974.
During 1972, the artist was appointed visiting tutor at the Royal College of Art, where he remained until 1983. In 1985, Tindle was made Ruskin Master of Dra...wing at Oxford University, where he taught alongside pursuing a successful and vibrant career as an artist.
A large portion of his work comprises portraits as well as window and door scenes; quiet, detailed still lifes that come close to the emptiness of Vilhelm Hammershøi. However, the apparent silence of these paintings is often interrupted by the objects that are placed within the scenes. They stand for the people who seem to have only just left the room, or for something deeper that can only be glimpsed, or explained to the viewer after the fact.
"The images I paint are of things that I know or can remember best. I try to place them in an order that expresses the feelings I have about them. It is not a question of painting them as realistically as I can, but to get the right tonality, so that memory and presence are very close." - David Tindle, 1985
Much collected, David Tindle is an enigmatic artist whose paintings provoke thought. He creates an image in his mind, remembering tones and their densities not just colours but their hues, and then chooses whichever medium or mediums will create his vision. These include Egg Tempera (on panel that he prepares himself) on paper, canvas, oil on paper, panel or canvas, watercolour, gouache and acrylic are all used as well as drawing in chalk, charcoal, pencil and the print mediums include lithographs, etchings, silverpoint, drypoint and mixtures to suit his ideas.
During the early decades of the Tindle's career, his artwork was in transition, as he moved gradually towards a sharp articulation of figurative imagery, paired with a controlled handling of paint. In the 70s, the artist turned to using the time-consuming technique of traditional egg tempera, for painting which where highly detailed compared to his early work using oils. These are often astonishingly detailed, and the result of many hours intensive laboured painting.
Tindle was lucky to host his first solo show in 1954 at Piccadilly Gallery, London. In the same year, Tindle participated in a mixed exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts, where he continued to exhibited occasionally until 1989. His early career drew the attention of John Minton, who introduced him to other important painters such as Francis Bacon and Lucian Freud. This recognition placed him among the most important British figurative painters of his generation.
Many of Tindle's paintings possess a quiet wisdom. The art critic Brian Sewell, stated that Tindle "is a painter in that quietly Romantic tradition of British art ... concerned with small, intimate, domestic subjects that are synecdochisms for the greater grandeurs of Turner's sunset, twilit calms, and as inseperable from method and technique". The artist was highly admired by critics, his fellow artists and his devoted students.
Tindle’s work has also been included in many key group exhibitions including the International Biennale of Realistic Art, Bruges (1958), John Moore’s Liverpool Exhibition (1959 and 1961), British Painting ’74, at the Hayward Gallery, London (1974) and 25 Years of British Painting, at the Royal Academy of Arts (1977). More recently he was represented in New Acquisitions, at the National Portrait Gallery, London (1987), Portrait of the Artist, Tate Gallery, London (1989) and The Discerning Eye, at The Mall Galleries, London (1997).