David Cottingham

David Cottingham has developed a unique body of work on the themes of Dance and Landscape Abstraction in the media of Painting, Drawing and Sculpture.

He graduated from St Martin's School of Art in London, where he studied with William Tucker, Phillip King RA and Sir Anthony Caro.

His artwork ranges from landscape-influenced, abstract paintings to large figurative, dance-inspired works on canvas and sculpture in Clay and Bronze.

He has exhibited internationally including New York, Chicago, London, Beirut and Rome.

Sunrise off Margate, Homage to JWT

Sunrise off Margate, Homage to JWT

My paintings are abstracted improvisations on the two themes that most inspire me, the human body in motion and the spirit of place.

"I try to evoke and capture the essence of these but the paintings are also adventures into unknown territories and I hope to create something unpredictable, beyond the subject. I like the work to evolve its own life and meaning, the main aim being to uncover ever deeper inherent structures, forms and emotions in the idea and by using the language of paint on canvas in a very spontaneous way, reveal unconscious worlds and possibilities.

My work has its roots in sculpture, which I originally studied. I apply the paint in a layered, almost carved way which then creates its own unique forms. The other primary technique I use is drawing, particularly in the Dance pieces, where fluid lines are used to delineate multiple movements. That approach combined with my other strand of more abstract painting and along with the colour ideas which it generated, gradually became fused into my current figurative style. The recent large scale, bolder, Dance work was then made possible by a move to my current London studio".

"Summer" Dance Drawing from the 4 Seasons

"Summer" Dance Drawing from the 4 Seasons

"Moving Through Solid Air" Sculpture in Bronze Edition

"Moving Through Solid Air" Sculpture in Bronze Edition

"Above Us Only Sky"

"Above Us Only Sky"

"Golden Dancer" Dance Drawing

"Golden Dancer" Dance Drawing

Venue 3

26 King Edwards Gardens, W3 9RG

Exhibiting times

Friday 6th Sept — 4pm to 8pm
Saturday 7th Sept — 11am to 6pm
Sunday 8th Sept — 11am to 6pm
Friday 13th Sept — 4pm to 8pm
Saturday 14th Sept — 11am to 6pm
Sunday 15th Sept — 11am to 6pm

Credit and debit cards accepted
Wheelchair accessible: Good