The subjects of David Edmond’s, figurative paintings are varied and generally developed from the artist’s own photographs. While in each series the subjects and landscapes change, what unites each of David’s paintings is that all the subjects are captured in moments of quiet contemplation.
The Beach series stems from the artist’s recent visits to Coney Island, New York. Parasols offer the viewer punches of colour that punctuate the horizon and the overall scene of people relaxing and enjoying the hot sun generates a real sense of nostalgia for the long sunny days of summers past. The scenes depict the kind of calm, contemplative drama that is akin to the paintings of Edward Hopper.
In David’s series of lake paintings a similar quiet contemplation goes on and tend to feature fewer figures they depict the landscapes of Maine in the USA and western Austria.
What’s particularly interesting is the landscapes David paints are quite layered and abstract yet the figures are very detailed. The juxtaposition is interesting and draws your eye. David is not afraid to leave large areas unpopulated and creates a sense of space that appears almost to expand beyond the canvas, like a snapshot of a bigger world.
David begain painting in 2009. Since then his work has been included in a number of exhibitions including: The Columbia Threedneedle Prize, Mall Gallery, 2018, the Lynn Painter Stainer Prize, Mall Gallery, 2017, Discerning Eye, Mall Gallery, 2016, Arcade Fine Arts, 2016, Turps – Art Bermondsey Project Space, 2016, Adel Ashanti Gallery, 2015 and Clifford Chance Annual Pride Art Exhibition, 2015 and in June 2019 at the Creekside Open. His work has also been shown at the Campden Gallery, Chipping Campden in 2017, 2018 and 2019. David’s work has been bought by national and international collectors.
David’s pathway to painting has been rich and varied. He originally studied a Furniture Design BA at Leicester Polytechnic followed by a Printed Textile Design MPhil at the Royal College of Art London. Between 2014-16 the artist attended the Turps Banana Painting Programme in South London.
David’s work has been published in Michael Petry’s book ‘Nature Morte’ for Thames and Hudson.
See David’s available paintings here