David Baumforth

David Baumforth

David Baumforth was born in York in 1942 and paints the places he loves: the North Sea, its coastline and hinterland. He has exhibited in a number of group and solo shows, ranging from the Mercer Art Gallery in Harrogate to the Royal Watercolour Society Summer Open in London and the Hunting Prizes Show at the Royal College of Art. Rarely using the so-called tools of his trade, he prefers to paint with rags, sticks and fingers rather than brushes. Says Financial Times Art Critic William Packer, “Baumforth is a painter of sea and landscape who stands foursquare and unapologetic in the Romantic Turnerian tradition, but, as his powerfully evocative works make clear, it is to the later Turner of the near-abstract, apparently unfinished canvases and the rapid free intuitive watercolour studies, all mist and light and spray, with strange forms emerging from the shadows, that he is always looking.”

 

“Anyone who has an eye for art, the deep passionate colour of Turner, the pure loving observations of Constable, must rejoice that our century has David Baumforth. This work is the real thing, wet with sea spray we can feel, fresh with gusts of wind, always mysterious, always beautiful.” Sister Wendy, Art Critic

 

Exhibitions

  • 1993 Royal Watercolour Society Open
  • 1995 Royal Academy Summer Show, London
  • 2003 Winner of Not The Turner Art Prize
  • 2004 Mercer Art Gallery, Harrogate
  • 2008 The Hunting Prizes at the Royal College of Art, London
  • 2009 present day According to McGee, York
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