David Pilgrim's online galllery of paintings and drawings
Profile

Photo of David David 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 delighted to be elected as a full member of the Royal Institute of Oil Painters which represents many of the finest oil painters in the UK today. Past members include the likes of James McNeil Whistler, Walter Sickert and Henri Fantin Latour. Standards are very high so it is a real honour to be elected. David is also a member of the newly established Plein air Brotherhood, which is a mutually supportive collective of UK plein air enthusiasts. Membership of this ‘band of brothers’ is by mutual organic friendship, not committee or selection panel. Keep an eye out for upcoming 'Brotherhood' exhibitions and other activities!

Exhibitions

2013
  • Five of my recent paintings (plein air and studio) will be exhibited into the Royal Institute of Oil Painters exhibition at the Mall Galleries in London (opens December 11th 2013).
  • Nine plein air paintings exhibited at the third annual exhibtion of the Plein Air Brotherhood. The show is held at the A&K Wilson Gallery in Harpenden (October/November 2013).
  • Several works shown as part of mixed shows at the Hawker Gallery in Amersham (April-July).
2012
  • Three paintings accepted into the Royal Institute of Oil Painters exhibition at the Mall Galleries in London (December 10th-23rd).
  • Work shown as part of the Christmas exhibition at the Hawker Gallery in Amersham (November/December).
  • Two paintings selected for the Royal Society of Marine Artists annaul exhibition at the Mall Galleries in London (October).
  • Fourteen plein air paintings exhibited at the second annual exhibtion of the Plein Air Brotherhood. The show was held at the A&K Wilson Gallery in Harpenden (September 2012).
  • Several paintings shown at the Bath Gallery in Bath as part of the 'Best of the Bath Prize' exhibition (August).
  • Several works shown as part of the 'Our Heritage' exhibition at the Hawker Gallery in Amersham (July).
  • Several paintings shown at Chelsea Framers Gallery, London (June).
  • Several works shown with the Royal Institute of Oil Painters at the Hawker Gallery in Amersham (May).
2011
  • Delighted to have four paintings accepted into the Royal Institute of Oil Painters exhibition at the Mall Galleries in London (opens December 6th, 2011).
  • Plein air paintings exhibited at the inaugaral exhibtion of the Plein Air Brotherhood. The show was held at the A&K Wilson Gallery in Harpenden (September 2011).
  • Several works shown alongside other members of the Royal Institute of Oil Painters at Gallery Le Fort (Bath - August 2011).
  • Two paintings accepted for the 'Not the Royal Academy' exhibition at the Llewellyn Alexander gallery. Works will be shown from 7th June - 20th August.
  • Three works shown with the Royal Institute of Oil Painters at the Hawker Gallery in Amersham (opens May 21st).
  • Several paintings on show at The Octagon, Bath as part of the 'Inspired' exhibition organised by the Bath Gallery. The exhibition features a number of artists from the Bath Prize 2010 and opens on April 29th.
2010
  • Three works accepted into the Royal Institute of Oil Painters exhibition at the Mall Galleries in London (opens 7th December).
  • Seven plein air paintings shown at The Octagon, Bath for The Bath Prize. Two awards won for 'Best plein air' work and 'Best small painting' (October).
  • Several Bath paintings shown at the 'Best of Bath' show at The Bath Gallery (November).
2009
  • Two works accepted into the Royal Institute of Oil Painters exhibition at the Mall Galleries in London (November).
2008
  • Two works accepted into the Royal Institute of Oil Painters exhibition at the Mall Galleries in London (November).
2007
  • Three works accepted into the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists Open exhibition at the RBSA Gallery in Birmingham (December).
  • One 'plein air' coastal painting shown at the Royal Institute of Oil Painters exhibition at the Mall Galleries in London (October).
  • A selection of David's seascape paintings were shown at the Neptune gallery in Hunstanton, Norfolk (June-July) as part of a mixed show called 'Coastal vision'.
  • Three interior works, including 'Between Two Rooms', were exhibted at the New Grafton Gallery in London from January 16th-February 4th 2007.
2006
  • Two of paintings shown at the Royal Institute of Oil Painters exhibition at the Mall Galleries in London (November 1st-12th 2006).
2005
  • A number of works shown at the 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
2003
  • A 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.
 
'Sparkle in the harbour', oil on canvas
'Staircase', pencil on paper
'Delphiniums (from the garden), oil on canvas'