David Sawyer RBA


Born 19th July 1961 in London

Grew up in Margate Kent

Studied Fine Art at Canterbury College of Art.

30 May 2004 Elected to RBA

Commentary on Work

I would describe myself as a modern British Impressionist, working within the tradition of landscape painting. I am mainly interested in architectural subjects and the effect of light in revealing the nature of its structure and creating a mood or atmosphere. The subject matter I paint encompasses Mediterranean landscapes to London's urban skyline. My principal medium is oil paint although I also use watercolour as a means of exploring ideas and making preparatory studies. Much of my work, at this time, is on a larger scale as it is increasingly more studio based, using drawings and photographic reference and occasionally small oil studies made in situ.

Generally, I have 5-6 main paintings that I am working on in my studio at one time, as ideas and elements, that I am exploring, move between one piece to another. If I am unhappy with a picture, I will leave it untouched and unseen for a while. Usually on returning to it later, problems can be resolved seeing it in a fresh light. I work between a small studio space in London, where I formulate my ideas and a larger studio in South West France, where I generally paint my larger pictures.

Exhibitions and Galleries

Royal Society of British Artists

Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolour

New English Arts Club

Royal Society of Marine Artists

Oakham Contemporary Gallery, 27 Bury Street, St James's, London SW1Y 6AL

Panter and Hall, 9 Shepherd Market, Mayfair London W1J 7PF

John Davies Gallery, The Old Dairy Plant, Moreton-in-Marsh, Gloucestershire GL56 9NQ

The Jerram Gallery, Half Moon Street, Sherborne, Dorset DT9 3LN

The Wykeham Gallery, Stockbridge, Hampshire SO20 6HE

Denise Yapp, Contemporary Art. Mill House, Whitebrook, Monmouth NP25 4TX

Art @ the Celtic. Celtic Manor Resort Hotel, Coldra Woods, The Usk Valley, Newport, NP18 1HQ

W.H. Patterson Fine Art Ltd, 19 Albemarle Street, London W1. Annual Venice in Peril Exhibition.

Sarah Samuels Fine Art, The Rectory, St Mary without-the-walls, Overleigh Road, Handbridge, Chester CH4

St Martin's Gallery, Trafalgar Square, London SW1

Hicks Gallery, 2 Leopold Road, Wimbledon, London SW19

Primrose Hill Gallery, Primrose Hill, London NW1

Gallery Forty-Seven, 47 Great Russell Great Russell Street, London WC1B

Sadler Street Gallery, 23 Market Place, Wells, Somerset, BA5 2RF

The Pump House Gallery, Battersea Park, London SW11

The Loggia Gallery, Buckingham Gate, London SW1


Royal Automobile Club, Centenary Art Prize (2011)

The Arts Club Prize at the RBA 2010 Exhibition

The Artists Magazine Prize at the RBA 2009 exhibition.

The Education Purchase Prize at the RBA 2006 exhibition.

The Daler-Rowney Award at the RBA 2005 exhibtion.

The Katherine William-Powlett Memorial Award in 1997 for a Watercolour at the 50th Anniversary Exhibition

Chelsea Arts Society. Chelsea Old Town Hall, London

The de Laszlo Medal at the RBA 2012 exhibition


The Artist Magazine. 'David Sawyer in conversation with Julian Halsby�. September 2009

Art of England Magazine. 'Oxford from an Artist's eye. July 2008

Artists and Illustrators Magazine. 'Materials and Methods: Choosing Canvases�. October 2000

Artists and Illustrators Magazine. 'Materials and Methods: Canvas and Oil Papers�. May 1998

Artists and Illustrators Magazine. 'Ancient and Modern�. March 1998


'Skylines for Board Rooms�. Views from the 8th Floor of the Friedfrank Building, City Road, London EC1. 2006-2008

3 Oil Paintings for the State Rooms of the Cunard Liner 'Queen Mary II� (26 Limited edition prints of each Painting). 2003

David's Contact Details:

10 Corsehill Street,
SW16 6NF

  Tel: 020 8677 4214

  Website: www.davidsawyerrba.artweb.com

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