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David Caldwell RP

David Caldwell RP/Sleevenotes

David Caldwell RP
David Caldwell was born in Helensburgh in the West of Scotland in 1977. He studied at the Glasgow School of Art (1994-98) and the Royal Drawing School (2003-05). He has won several awards and residencies including the prestigious Bulldog Bursary from the Royal Society of Portrait Painters and The Founder’s Purchase Prize at the ING Discerning Eye (judged by the late Art Critic Brian Sewell). He recently displayed 77 small portraits at the BP Portrait Awards at the National Portrait Gallery. He has been short-listed for several major awards including the Seven Investments Management ‘Conversations’ Prize, the Ruth Borchard Self-portrait Prize, the Threadneedle Prize, the Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize and the Scottish Portrait Awards.

David is a member of the Royal Society of Portrait Painters. He lives and works as an artist and portrait painter in Highgate, London.

“ My work is representational but my subjects also serve as a vehicle for ideas about colour, light, form, space and composition - the abstract components of painting. I like to think that the finished work is the surviving evidence of this enquiry, containing the thoughts and preoccupations of the artist as well as presenting the subject.
There are recurring themes in my work and I tend to work in series, mining a given subject or theme through multiple versions. Still-life objects are shuffled around against anonymous backdrops; ‘Plein air’ landscapes are contained on small boards peopled by even smaller occasional and fleeting figures; friends sit for portraits in the studio, forever frozen in thought.
The paint-strokes map the journey of eye and hand, whilst their colour and pitch is constantly weighed against the whole. Nature is not mimicked but rather translated and retold. An equivalent harmony is sought”.

“In painting one is always learning, one is forever being surprised!”
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