David Wiseman LG
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. These include the New Contemporaries, John Moores, Hayward Annual, R.A. Summer Exhibition, Discerning Eye, London Group Open etc. His individual shows include those at the Serpentine Gallery, Rowley Gallery, Water Street Gallery and Felix and Spear, Ealing. He has taken part in touring exhibitions to Germany, USA, and Spain, including a British Council exhibition to Aachen and tour also including Hodgkin, Auerbach, Kiff and Kossoff. He has exhibited in important curated exhibitions in this country at The Museum of Modern Art, Oxford, Kettles Yard Gallery, Cambridge and the Camden Arts Centre. He has his work in many corporate and public collections including the Arts Council, Prudential, The Bank of England, London Borough of Hammersmith, The Open University, Peterborough City Museum, Museo Municipal Ourense, Barts and the London NHS Trust, Lewisham Hospital and many more. In 1980 he was shortlisted for the National Gallery Artist in Residence. His work is represented in private collections in all parts of the world and he has completed eight major public art works, including large scale murals at Charing Cross, Frimley Park, Royal London and Ealing Hospitals. He was recently elected member of the National Acrylic Painters Association winning the Presidents Prize and Adrian Henri Memorial Prize in their exhibitions in St Ives and Birkenhead. Elected to the London Group in their centenary year 2013 and exhibiting with them regularly since. Winner of RWS Purchase Prize 2016. Winner Daler Rowney Prize 2016. Became member of the Arborealists 2017. Winner of the Royal Watercolour Society Publicity Prize as well as the Wallace Seymour Watercolour Prize 2018.
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. Although spending a lot of time in Devon and the south coast I am equally inspired by local rivers and parklands close to my Ealing home. 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.