Profile

David painting on a cliffDavid Pilgrim (ROI) was born in 1975 and is an artist with strong interests in oil and acrylic painting. He enjoys working with a diverse range of subject matter and materials in order to maintain a freshness and vitality in his paintings and drawings.

David studied fine art as part of a joint degree course (the other half was in pure maths!) at Aberystwyth University and has since continued to paint in his spare time whilst trying to squeeze in working full-time as a web/media developer. The regular discipline of drawing is an essential part of his art practice and he can often be found out and about with his sketchbook or pochade box.

Ideas are sparked on location with drawings or paint sketches which can have the potential to be developed into more resolved pieces back in the studio. Sometimes there's little more to say beyond the original statement and the work needs no further development. This approach has enabled David to develop his observational and technical skills whilst encouraging a greater connection and understanding of the subject.

The energy that comes from the original moment is an increasing important element in his work. Location work can be intensive (especially when it's cold or windy!) but immensely rewarding and challenging.

In December 2012 David was elected as a full member of the Royal Institute of Oil Painters which represents many of the finest oil painters in the UK today. Standards are very high so it is a real honour to be elected.


Exhibitions

2016
2015
  • Buxton Spa Prize - second place prize winner having submitted two paintings for this open competition with work on show at the Green Man Gallery in Buxton
  • Showing at Peter Barker Fine Art.
  • Ongoing display at Adrian Hill Fine Art gallery in Holt, Norfolk
  • Several works exhibited in ROI and Marine summer exhibitions at the Hawker Gallery, Amersham
2014
  • Ongoing display of paintings at Adrian Hill Fine Art gallery in Holt, Norfolk
  • Pintar Rapido, Chelsea Old Town Hall (July).
2013
  • Royal Institute of Oil Painters annual exhibition at the Mall Galleries in London
  • Third annual exhibtion of the Plein Air Brotherhood at the A&K Wilson Gallery in Harpenden.
  • Mixed shows at the Hawker Gallery in Amersham.
2012
  • Royal Institute of Oil Painters annaul exhibition at the Mall Galleries in London.
  • Hawker Gallery in Amersham (November/December).
  • Royal Society of Marine Artists annaul exhibition at the Mall Galleries in London (October).
  • Second annual exhibtion of the Plein Air Brotherhood, A&K Wilson Gallery in Harpenden (September 2012).
  • Bath Gallery, as part of the 'Best of the Bath Prize' exhibition (August).
  • 'Our Heritage' exhibition at the Hawker Gallery in Amersham (July).
  • Chelsea Framers Gallery, London (June).
  • Royal Institute of Oil Painters at the Hawker Gallery in Amersham (May).
2011
  • Royal Institute of Oil Painters exhibition at the Mall Galleries in London.
  • Inaugaral exhibtion of the Plein Air Brotherhood, A&K Wilson Gallery in Harpenden (September 2011).
  • Royal Institute of Oil Painters at Gallery Le Fort (Bath - August 2011).
  • 'Not the Royal Academy' exhibition at the Llewellyn Alexander gallery.
  • Royal Institute of Oil Painters at the Hawker Gallery in Amersham (May).
  • The Octagon, Bath - 'Inspired' exhibition.
2010
  • Royal Institute of Oil Painters exhibition at the Mall Galleries in London.
  • The Octagon, Bath for The Bath Prize. Two awards won for 'Best plein air' work and 'Best small painting' (October).
  • 'Best of Bath' show at The Bath Gallery (November).
2003-2009
2009
  • Royal Institute of Oil Painters annual exhibition at the Mall Galleries in London (November).
2008
  • Royal Institute of Oil Painters annual exhibition at the Mall Galleries in London (November).
2007
  • Royal Birmingham Society of Artists Open exhibition in Birmingham (December).
  • Royal Institute of Oil Painters annaul exhibition at the Mall Galleries in London (October).
  • Neptune gallery in Hunstanton, Norfolk (June-July)
  • New Grafton Gallery in London from January 16th-February 4th 2007 - 'Interiors' exhibition.
2006
  • Royal Institute of Oil Painters annaul exhibition at the Mall Galleries in London (November 1st-12th 2006).
2005
  • Wonderwall Gallery in Cirencester. Earlier in the summer David had works on show in Cornwall (Padstow) and at the Affordable Art Fair in Bristol.
2004
  • Burlington Contemporary Art Gallery in Cheltenham and the Wonderwall Gallery in Cirencester.
2003
  • Solo exhibition of David's works held at the Rugby School Gallery, Rugby (August-September). A few pictures of the exhibition are shown below:

Photo of exhibtion 2003, Rugby School Museum
Photo of exhibtion 2003, Rugby School Museum
Photo of exhibtion 2003, Rugby School Museum
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Other activities:

  • Selected by the BBC to be one of a group of artists to paint the Dimaond Jubilee Pageant from the Millennium bridge (May 2012). Filming was broadcast live as part of the BBC's coverage of the event.
  • Featured in an article describing the plein air painting trip to Sennen, Cornwall (May 2011) in the online edition of the quarterly Plein Air magazine, published in the USA.
  • Featured in an article on the Plein Air Brotherhood in the September 2011 edition of The Artist magazine. Also pictured painting on the beach on the front cover!
  • David has written a full article (including two step by step demonstrations) on his approach to painting outdoors (plein air) which can be seen in the July 2009 edition of The Artist magazine.
  • David has written a full article (including two step by step demonstrations) on his approach to painting seascapes in oils which can be seen in the July 2007 edition of The Artist magazine.
  • David was featured in the May 2006 edition of the art trade magazine called 'Blank Canvas', published by 'Picture Business'. The publication is circulated to the main UK galleries and framers.
  • During the summer of 2005 David took part in the ITV1 art programme 'A Brush With Fame' and was a regional finalist for the Midlands. The challenge was to paint celebrity portraits (Anthony Worral Thompson and Jilly Goulding) in the short space of 3 hours. The whole experience was great fun and opened up some new possibilities for David to consider in terms of portraiture.
 
'Broad St - Bath', oil on board
'Salute - Venice', oil on board
'New Bradwell allotments', oil on board