David James
About The Artist

David was born in 1944 in London and from 1950 lived in East Bedfont, a small agricultural village to the west of London. The artist currently lives in Aldwick very close to the sea in West Sussex, where his paintings may be viewed by appointment only.

His first art teacher at school was the artist and poet Victor West, and paintings based on his time in a POW camp hung on the corridor walls. For more info on this remarkable man see

At Hampton School David was taught by Vic Mackenzie whose virtuosity covered every medium. While studying A-levels, he attended weekend classes at Ealing Art School under John Drew. David won the Senior Art Prize and after A-levels was offered a place at Twickenham Art School under the leadership of Osmund Caine, a leading British painter and stained-glass designer whose work is now available through the Bridgeman Art Library.

At Twickenham, the emphasis was on drawing and painting both from the life model and from natural plant forms, and this greatly influenced David's future as a painter. Other tutors that influenced David's work included Mary Caine, Sydney Harpley R.A., Malvina Cheek, Stan Smith, Bernard Blatch, Jenny Black, and Euan Jennings R.E.

In 1964 he passed the Intermediate Diploma in Arts & Crafts, with wood-engraving as his specialist craft subject.

This was followed by the National Diploma in Design (NDD) in 1966.

Whilst still at Twickenham he had started exhibiting and selling his paintings, and in 1969 Felix Rosenstiels published an early work (Low Water) as a full size reproduction.

David has exhibited at the Royal Academy, the Paris Salon, and a great number of provincial galleries in the UK. In 1994 he exhibited in the successful Octet exhibition at the Hyde Park Gallery as well as being represented at several galleries overseas. His works are in private collections worldwide from Iceland to Australia, and from Fiji to Alaska.

The paintings in the various sections are a selection of the artists favourite work. Many of the paintings are already sold, but the NEW WORK gallery contains current paintings that are for sale and enquiries about their purchase are welcome.

If you wish to make an appointment to view a painting or to discuss a commission please use the Contact page.

Thank you for your interest in my work which I hope you find enjoyable.