Artist: David Smith
Title: Northern Life
Medium: Limited Edition Giclee 4/10
Image Size: 26" X 21" Overall Size: 28" x 33"
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David was actually born in Glasgow, and moved to Yorkshire with his family when he was six years old. “It was when the National Coal Board was consolidating all their pits in this region and in Durham,” he recalls.
David went to Halifax School of Art, where he developed a love of design and typography, and then into the advertising industry, working for several leading agencies in Leeds.
Having made his way up the corporate ladder, he reached a point where he realised he wasn’t doing what he wanted to do, which was draw and paint.
He has spent the years honing his craft and slowly building a name for himself. At the moment he is working (mainly) in acrylics,
For David, his work is about ‘memories rekindled’. “There’s more to it than just looking, somehow – back come the smells, the colours, the movement. And if my work brings that sense of involvement to others, then that makes me very happy.” People often comment on his likeness to Lowry, something he doesn’t mind. “Lowry casts his great shadow over all things Northern, and I believe that my own work gives a very respectful nod to the work of that great man. I am not trying to be him. Not at all.”
His images of people are more fleshed out than Lowry’s. They have a bulk to them. And David’s paintings are much sought after (even if they don’t fetch Lowry’s eye-watering prices)