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david cuthbert

I was born in Norwich in 1951. I studied painting at the Central School of Art & Design where Adrian Berg taught me to think and Blair Hughes-Stanton taught me a respect for materials and craftsmanship. I began to learn how to draw when I became a life painting tutor at the Workingman's College in Camden and in 1976 my first one man exhibition at Parkway Focus in Camden Town was made up of figurative work.

From 1974 to 1984 I taught at St Martin's School of Art as an evening class tutor in painting and printmaking. Throughout this period I continued to draw from the human figure and also made a series of large paintings on the theme of the book as object, pictorial formality and totem. I showed these at Imperial College and Swiss Cottage Library in 1981.

The 80s was a strange decade for me. Some people made a lot of money but I was not one of them. As well as painting I worked as a furniture removal man, a schoolteacher and in 1985, a year after leaving my job at St Martin's, Ros and I became directors of the Mendip Painting Centre.

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The late 80s was my 'Pot Period', as it became known in the family; I produced a lot of coloured pencil drawings, watercolours and acrylics on the theme of vessels - teapots, cups, dishes etc., mostly from imagination and memory. I had some small success with these, selling several through the now defunct Camden Galleries in London's Parkway. But by the early 90s I had become more concerned with observation and immediate response to things observed; colour and line had become the unifying agents in the struggles with changing light, mood and movement.

An expedition to Australia in 2000 marked a high point in my career as far as painting out in front of the motif was concerned, despite the problems of lugging large quantities of materials, A1 folder
and easel by

'plane and Land Cruiser into the outback. The results sold well from shows in London, Bath and here in Winscombe. However, two trips to Brazil in 2004 produced a much more unexpected result with a return to working from memory and imagination. At the end of that year I began a particularly productive period making paintings on the theme of food, meals, eating and drinking, which gradually evolved in 2006 away from the restraint of the rectangle into a series of cutouts on the same theme. This too has shifted and my current work is much more 'abstract'. I have made a series of reliefs and sculptural pieces to hang on a wall and over the last twelve months or so I have explored the ambiguities of figure and landscape in a new series of oil paintings.


Art Education

1973-74 Institute of Education, London University: ATD
1970-73 Central School of Art & Design, London; Dip A.D. Painting
1969-70 Somerset College of Art, Taunton


2007 Invited to become member of the Bath Society of Artists
2005 Invited to become member of the St Ives Society of Artists

Solo Exhibitions

2010 Sidcot Arts Centre, Constructions, drawings
2009 Winscombe Farm Studio, North Somerset Arts Week
1984/80/76 Parkway Focus, London NW1; Paintings, Drawing & Collages
1984 Kings of Wessex School, Cheddar; Paintings, Drawings & Collages
1981 Consort Gallery, Imperial College, London; Paintings, Drawings & Collages

Selected Group Exhibitions

2011 Frome Decorative Arts Exhibition, Rook Lane Arts, Frome, Somerset
2011 Artmill Gallery, Plymouth, St Ives Society of Artists
2010, 2009, 2008, 2007 Bath Society of Artists, Annual Exhibition, Victoria Art Gallery 2008 jgallery, Moulton, Northamptonshire, 2nd Open Spring Exhibition 29th March - 25th April
2007 South West Academy, Open Exhibition, Clifford Fishwick Gallery, Exeter 17th - 27th July
2007 Winscombe Farm Studio, North Somerset Arts Week, 4th - May 13th
2006 Grant Bradley Gallery, Bristol; Two Artist Show
2006 Hillview Artspace, Wedmore, Somerset Art Weeks - Sept 9th - 18th
2005 St Ives Society of Artists, Festival Exhibition
2005 Royal Birmingham Society of Artists, Prize Exhibition
2005 Bath Society of Artists, Centenary Exhibition
2005 Royal West of England Academy, Second Open Painting Exhibition
2005/2004/200199-96/93/83 Royal West of England Academy, Annual Exhibition
2003 6 Chapel Row Contemporary Art, Bath, "A Couple of Painters"
2002 Hans Price Gallery, Weston-super-Mare, "Body Language"
2002 The Gallery, Sausmarez Manor, Guernsey, C.I. 2001 Bankside Gallery, London, "12 Out Back", paintings by members of an Australian Trek into Corner Country in June 2000
2001 Six Chapel Row Contemporary Art, Bath, "Beyond the Black Stump" paintings from the Australian Outback
2001 Royal West of England Academy, First Open Painting Exhibition
2000 Hotbath Gallery, Bath, "Artists 303", paintings
1977 Parkway Focus, London, NW1, prints & drawings

1999 Nature in Art, Gloucester, "Water", paintings
1999 Six Chapel Row Contemporary Art, "The Call of the Running Tide"
1999 Art Garden, Bristol, Two Painters, Two Sculptors, paintings
1998 Spiral Arm Gallery, Canberra, "Garden in Relief" relief prints
1998 Leigh Court Mansion, Bristol, "Artery Open Exhibition", paintings
1998 Gallery 27, Cork St, London, "Artists 303" paintings
1996 The Leadworks, Bristol, "Artery Artists"
1994 Flowers East, London, "Brought to Book", Artist contributors
1993 Woodspring Museum, Weston Super Mare, "Five Artists"
1991/90/89 Camden Galleries, London, watercolours and drawings
1990 Off Centre Gallery, Bristol, "In Another Medium" w/colours, prints
1989 Bristol Polytechnic, "Cover to Cover", artworks as books
1981 Burgh House, Hampstead, "Contemporary Artists in Camden"
1981 Swiss Cottage Library, London, "The Book, Object & Subject"


Feb 2004 Guest Artist on Swan-Hellenic Cruise down the Amazon.June 2000 Joined Artists' Trek into the Australian Outback with a group ofBritish & Australian artists to celebrate the centenary of the Federation of Australia.


Tate Gallery Library, London. Burges Salmon Solicitors, Bristol.J.D.Wetherspoon plc. Kings of Wessex School, Cheddar. Wedmore Golf Club. Electrografia Museo International, Cuenca, Spain. & private collections in the UK,France, USA, Sweden, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Australia & Japan.


2011 Article on Paule Vézelay in Art (magazine of the Royal West of England Academy) 2004 Quintet Publishing, "Artists' Questions & Answers, An Introduction to Painting in Acrylic"
1997 Design Eye Ltd, "Painting with Acrylic Workstation"
1996 Harper Collins, London, & North Light Books, Cincinnati: "Pastel Painters' Questions & Answers Book"
1995 Artists' & Illustrators' Magazine, London; Sept issueArticle demonstrating Max Grumbacher water-soluble oil paints
1995 Artists' & Illustrators' Magazine, London; Feb issue article on figure painting
1994 Artists' & Illustrators' magazine, London; May issueArticle on painting from the nude in acrylic
1994 Apple Press, London: "Seeing things Simply"- Figure Painting & Drawing
1994 Penguin Books, London: "Brought to Book" edited by Ian Breakwell & Paul Hammond; short story "Amateur"
1990 Serpent's Tail, London: "Seeing in the Dark" edited by Ian Breakwell & Paul Hammond; short story "American Presence in South Ken"
1988 Extrance 3, Bolton, Lancs; polemic
1984-90 Editor of "The Looker", an art & ideas magazine

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