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© David Firmstone 2017

David Firmstone


David was born in Southbank, Middlesbrough. He has been involved in art all his life, since he won the Children’s Painting Prize in 1958. He paints landscapes and seascapes on the Isle of Wight and abroad. He has won many prestigious prizes for his paintings and his work is held in several important collections. He currently shows his work at the Orchid House Gallery, Isle of Wight and Bankside Gallery, the home of the Royal Watercolour Society, London.

‘All my work is concerned with landscape and seascape. I am fascinated by marks: the painters and those that humans make when they work the land. The spirits of artists and land workers past and present shape my view. I work on a large and small scale in oils, tempera and watercolour. I use tradition as my touchstone and modernism as my flight.’

Past Vice President of the RWS
Born Middlesborough 1943

1958-63 Middlesborough College of Art
1972-73 Birmingham University

1964-74 Teacher / Lecturer of Art / Head of Art at various schools and colleges
1974-98 Senior Art Adviser for Cheshire

1956 Winner, National Exhibition of Children’s Art
1963 Middlesborough College of Art, Drawing prize
1967-68 Artist in Residence, Scott Bader, Northamptonshire
1980 Artist in Residence, Humberside LEA
1988 Prize Winner, Watercolours of the North
1993 Hunting Art Prize, shortlisted for 1st prize
1994-95 St. Helens Open, Cork Street Gallery prize winner
1996 Manchester Academy, painting prize
1998 Chichester Open, People’s prize
1998-99 Hunting Art prize, Manchester prize and shortlisted for 1st prize
1999 Chester Open, 1st prize
Laing Open, prize winner
Bankside Gallery, WatersideCentury 21, Daler Rowney 1st prize, The Artists prize, and The Ashdown Gallery prize for best landscape
2000 Associate Member, Royal Watercolour Society
2001 Member, Manchester Academy of Fine Art
2001 Hunting Art prize, Manchester prize and shortlisted for 1st prize
2005  Penguin Artists Book Cover Prize
2007 International Painting Prize, Chichester
2010 Sunday Times Watercolour Prize-winner
2012 Prizewinner , The Threadneedle Painting Prize. Mall Galleries , London
2013 Turner Watercolour Prize
2014 Fabriano International Watercolour Prize

1966 Arts Council, Exhibition for Northern Artists, touring to Denmark & Sweden
1967 Wolverhampton Art Gallery
1968 York, Austin Hayes Gallery
1970 Mold, Theatr Clwyd
1972 Shrewsbury, Nesscliffe Art Gallery, one man show
1972-74 Anglesey & Wrexham, Group 72
1975-83 Cheshire, Woodford Lodge Visual Art Centre
1983 Alsager , College Gallery, one-man show
1984 California, University of Sacramento, one-man show
1985 Llandudno, Welsh Arts Council Open Exhibition
1985-87 Piccadilly Gallery
1987 Art Advisors Touring Exhibition
1988 Mall Galleries, Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolour
Warrington Art Gallery
1993 Alsager, College Gallery, one-man show
1993-95 Piccadilly Gallery
1995 Business Design Centre, Art 95
Chester Art Gallery
San Giovani, Palazzo d’Arnolfo
Royal College of Art
Waterman Fine art
1995-97 Royal Academy Summer Exhibition
1996 Gallery 27, England’s Glory: an Exhibition of Football
1997 Gallery 27, Winter Collection
Piccadilly Gallery
1999-2001 Royal Academy Summer Exhibition
Royal College of Art, C20th British Art Fair
2000 Mall Galleries, Discerning Eye
2000-2013 Royal Watercolour Society
Affordable Art Fair
Island Fine Art
2001 New English Art club
2002 JHW Fineart Cork Street ,London
2004 JHW Fineart, Cork Street, London
2010  Orchid House Gallery , Small Works
2015-2017 Binnel Studios Exhibition, St Lawrence, Isle of Wight
2016 One-Man Show, Fabriano International Watercolour Museum, Fabriano Italy

Over 60 paintings for the Est Est Est Restaurant chain: work specifically for the restaurants in Chester, Alderley Edge, Edinburgh, Formby, Knutsford, Shrewsbury, Newcastle, Harrogate, Liverpool Glasgow, London Chiswick, London Notting Hill Gate

Work in British Museum, the Grosvenor Museum in Chester, Freshfields in London and Singer Friedlander.

© David Firmstone 2017

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