David Price was born in Surrey in 1965 and is now based in Bolton. He has been drawing since primary school, where his first subjects were animals – mainly horses. An Art & Design Foundation Course in Farnham, Surrey, led to further studies at Blackpool & Fylde College where he graduated as a natural history illustrator.
David began his professional life working at the Institute of Archaeology in London, then working as a visualiser in an advertising services agency in Soho, London. New contacts meant a move to Einhoven in Holland, where he worked in an advertising agency, after which he moved back to England and new work took him to Manchester (where he now lives). David says:
“I started working at this time as a freelancer as well as some studio based work for an ad agency in Chester. I worked for number of agents and now have the London-based John Martin & Artists.”
As well as producing illustrations for advertising agencies, David has worked for a number of publishers; including the BBC, Hodder, and Macmillan. Much of the publishing commissions have been for children’s books, both cover and inside illustrations, fiction and educational. Over the last couple of years he has also ventured into the greetings card market. He works mainly in watercolour and gouache although he also uses acrylics and oils. The latter is probably one of his favourite mediums. He says:
“It allows me to be more expressive in my work. Oils can be more spontaneous, are very forgiving and even produce happy accidents”.
At one time David used to be an airbrush artist producing photo realistic work. However, It is this need to have more expression in his work that has led him to concentrate on acrylics and oils. He has always tried to progress as an artist and so over the last couple of years, he has endeavoured to produce paintings alongside his illustration work. David has started to exhibit work in small galleries in and around Manchester. One of his more recent successes was to be chosen to exhibit his work in the finalists exhibition for the ‘Not the Turner Prize’ at the Mall Galleries in London.
David has two main passions that inspire his work. The first is Natural History, especially the English countryside. “I go out and paint as often as I can”. The second is the figurative painting and the figure in art. As well as original work, David has produced some copies of old masters for colleagues.
At present he works to combine Illustration and teaching people how to draw and paint. He hopes that in time he will be able to concentrate more on his own work and produce limited addition prints.
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