It is with deep regret that we announce the death of David Eustace BA RBA who passed away peacefully on October 5th 2021, after an illness. He was 71 years old.
David was born in Birmingham and developed his passion for music and art at school. Upon leaving school, although he was passionate about art, his financial situation meant that he had to take paid employment. In 1971 in his early 20’s David was able to fund his return to education and enrolled at the Sutton Coldfield School of Art taking an Art Foundation Course. This was followed in 1973 by a degree in Fine Arts at Exeter College, and later a teacher training course in Leicester. His marriage to an American student in 1980 took him to the United States where he undertook work as a mural painter and cabinet maker.
David returned to Devon and became a full time artist in Exeter. In the 1980’s after exhibiting at the Royal Academy Summer Show he was taken up by a London Gallery. Whilst painting occupied most of his time, he also supported himself as a musician until his work was artistically and financially acknowledged by the general public.
As an artist David was renowned for his narrative, seascape and landscape painting executed with a highly proficient technical ability and a sense of “Magic Realism” and humour. His work was highly skilled and epitomised the best of a figurative and narrative tradition. He didn’t like anything to stand in the way of his creativity and painting was a spontaneous emotion free from intellectual pretentions and complicated theories. David was represented by many galleries all around the UK and enjoyed a good deal of acclaim throughout his career, although he never sought to be in the limelight.
As a musician David played drums, blues guitar and Ukulele rehearsing weekly and performing until his illness was diagnosed and he was no longer able.
David lived a simple uncomplicated life where material possessions were a low priority. He enjoyed sitting on the top deck of a bus and watching the play of light on the landscape as he travelled across Dartmoor or contemplating a seascape from a hotel balcony in St Ives. As his illness progressed he announced that if he couldn’t paint he would shoot himself. He was fortunate in being able to continue painting until very shortly before his death.
David was an elected member of the RBA and we shall all miss seeing his distinctive and unique style of work on the walls of the Mall Galleries.