David Wiseman

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 Peterborough City Museum. He has taken part in touring exhibitions to Germany, U.S.A., 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 N.H.S. 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 8 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. Winner of RWS Purchase Prize 2016. Winner Daler Rowney Prize 2016. Became member of the Arborealists 2017.

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.

Solo Exhibitions

2016
Felix & Spear, Ealing, London
Cello Factory, London
2015
Water's Edge, Water Street Gallery, Todmorden
2013
The Art Wall, Kensington Place, London
2005
Above Us Only Sky, Tricycle Gallery, London
1996
Questors Theatre Gallery, Ealing
1993
Islington Arts Factory, London
1988
Minories, Colchester
Winchester Gallery
1987
Polytechnic Gallery, Brighton
1985
Centre 181 Gallery, Hammersmith
1983
Peterborough City Museum & Art Gallery
1980
Serpentine Gallery, London

Group Exhibitions

2017
The London Group - Viewpoints, Felix & Spear, Ealing
The Arborealists, Nature in Art Gallery, Gloucester
2016
Royal Watercolour Society, Bankside Gallery, London
The Deaf Canvas Listens, London Group, KCC Gallery, London
National Acrylic Painters Association, Oxmarket Centre, Chichester
London Group Annual, Cello Factory, London
Landmarks, Water Street Gallery, Todmorden
2015
Royal Watercolour Society, Bankside Gallery, London
National Acrylic Painters Association, Crypt Gallery, St Ives
The London Group, Cello Factory, London
2014
The London Group on London, Cello Factory, London
Drawn To It, Water Street Gallery, Todmorden
Bomberg to Rego, London Group, Southampton Art Gallery
Garden of Earthly Delights, Water Street Gallery, Todmorden
2013
National Acrylic Painters Association, Pannett Art Gallery, Whitby
The London Group 100+, Cello Factory, London
Winter Season, Water Street Gallery, Todmorden
2012
Landmarks, Water Street Gallery, Todmorden
100plus100, London Group, Cello Factory, London
The Discerning Eye, Mall Galleries, London
National Acrylic Painters Association, Crypt Gallery, St Ives
Small is Beautiful, Bowman Gallery, Richmond
2011
London Group Open Exhibition, Cello Factory
National Acrylic Painters Association, Williamson Art Gallery, Birkenhead
2011, 2010
ArtWorks Project Space, London
Water Street Gallery, Todmorden
2010
Three Wise Men (with Betty Wiseman & Holly Wiseman), PM Gallery, Ealing
Crypt Gallery, St Ives
2009
Architects Gallery, Teddington
The London Group Open, Menier Gallery
2008, 2006
Westlondonartists, Jersey Galleries, Osterley House
2005
August Gallery, Brenchley
2004
Opening Exhibition, Blue Wing Gallery, Padstow
2003
Landscapes, New Ashgate Gallery, Farnham
View, Artsway Arts Centre, Sway
2002
The Discening Eye, Mall Galleries, London
Viewpoints, Osterley House, London
Riverside Artists, Museo Municipal Ourense, Spain
2001
The British Landscape, Mall Galleries, London
Unique Visions, Riverhouse Gallery, Walton On Thames
2000
Westlondonartists, Sackville Gallery, London
1999
Transformations, Small Mansion Art Centre, London
1998
Ealing Open, Pitshanger Manor Gallery, London
Critical Faculties, Stanley Picker Gallery, Kingston
Viewpoints, Artsway, Sway
VitalArt, Atlantis Gallery, London
Boundaries Of Landscape, Small Mansion Art Centre, London
1997
Riverside Artists Group, Museo Municipal Ourense, Spain
1996
Cheltenham Open Drawing Exhibition, Cheltenham
First Sight, Pitshanger Manor Gallery, Ealing
1995
The Sea, Beatrice Royal Gallery, Eastleigh
1994
Rexel Derwent Open Drawing Exhibition, Cheltenham
1992
Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, London
1989
Woodlands, Trelissick Gallery, Truro
1987
Myth, Dream & Landscape, Swiss Cottage Library Gallery
1984
London Group Open, Royal College of Art, London
1982, 1976
John Moores Exhibition, Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool
1982
Hayward Annual, Hayward Gallery, London
Thirteen British Artists, Neue Galerie, Aachen & tour
1979
Open Attitudes, Museum of Modern Art, Oxford

Collections

Arts Council
Royal College of Art
Prudential
The Bank of England
London Borough of Hammersmith
The Open University
Peterborough City Museum
Museo Ourense

Public Murals

Charing Cross Hospital
Frimley Park Hospital
Royal London Hospital
Ealing Hospital

  • Gower Riverside, Summer by David Wiseman
  • High Tide, Caerfai Bay, Rain by David Wiseman
  • High Tide, Hope Cove by David Wiseman
  • In The Woods, Glynhir by David Wiseman
  • In The Woods, Winford, Isle Of Wight by David Wiseman
  • Looking Out To Bolt Tail, Hope Cove by David Wiseman
  • Midsummer Night's Dream by David Wiseman
  • River Brent, Water's Edge by David Wiseman
  • River Rushing By Glynhir by David Wiseman
  • River's Edge, Morning Light by David Wiseman
  • Rocky Beach, Caerfai Bay by David Wiseman
  • Rocky Beach, Seaton by David Wiseman
  • Rushing River, Exmoor by David Wiseman
  • Rushing River, Morning by David Wiseman
  • Rushing Stream, Glynhir by David Wiseman
  • South Beach, Hope Cove by David Wiseman
  • Water's Edge by David Wiseman
  • Water's Edge, Glowing Light by David Wiseman
  • Water's Edge, Spring Light by David Wiseman
  • Woodland Near St Davids by David Wiseman