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David Wiseman

Born 1949
1967 - 9 Colchester School of Art
1969 - 72 St. Martins School of Art

1972 - 5 Royal College of Art
Since 1975 visiting and part time lecturer various colleges incl.
Kingston, Slade, Newcastle, Hull, Cheltenham, Winchester.


David Wiseman has been painting for over 35 years since leaving the Royal College of Art in 1975 most spent in his garden studio close to the local rivers, woodland and canal he loves and that inspire his work. He has taught painting in numerous art schools across the country and has exhibited widely both as an individual and in many important selected group exhibitions.

The works on canvas are made in the studio and I also work directly from the landscape with a variety of mixed media on smaller works on paper and canvas . My painting is  inspired by particular landscape places or events using drawings, photographs and memory.  When painting outside I try to convey the feeling of being part of the landscape.  I have been a keen runner for many years and most of my running is done along the riverside and canal that inspires much of my painting. This allows me to be absorbed by the landscape as I pass through it rather than seeing it as a picture postcard cut out image. I also want to instill this feeling of constant change and movement in my paintings. 

They are begun in a loose, freely drawn calligraphic way using a series of marks, stains and shapes made with a wide variety of brushes, roller, scraper, sponge, etc.  The final image is slowly extracted in a playful, organic way using overlaid marks and glazes to express qualities of nature such as mood, light, colour, movement, atmosphere, space etc. I am attempting to find equivalents for the landscape in the physical qualities of paint, in order to express a feeling of flux in nature. I want the paintings to be intriguing, tantalising and ambiguous held between the plastic qualities of the paint and all the celebratory magical illusions and evocations of the depiction of nature.
In 2010 he was elected to the National Acrylic Painters Association winning their Presidents Prize and Adrian Henri Memorial Prize in exhibitions at St. Ives and Birkenhead. In 2013 in their Centenary year he showed with The London Group, and has recently joined The Arborialists.

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