David coulter

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David has been painting street scenes for almost half a century and it was his habit of setting up his ‘spots’ in various parts of the busy City, having first gained a ‘nod and wink’ from the police that it was OK for him to leave his van in the street (without fear of getting booked), that led to his first exhibition. A local Police officer, whilst on duty, (PC Dave Vose) on seeing David’s paintings, contacted Saskia Metcalf of the Lion centre and suggested she put on a show for him. It was a sell out and second exhibition followed quickly at an established high street gallery. He told me how his father was the source of his love of art and how a child he was taken to art galleries with exhibitions and was encouraged to draw and paint.

“my dad made sure I had the basic’s right and used to make me draw things over and over again if he thought I had got the drawings wrong.”

David paints in a very fast impressionistic manner, yet for me his work avoids to much similarity with impressionism, as his colour palette reflects a more late modernist approach. He loves all forms of Art, abstraction, surrealism, expressionism and even some more exploratory forms of painting. He recalls how he was bowled over by Rauschenberg’s work in the late 1960’s, which sort of opened a door to his understanding that in Art ...“anything and everything is possible.” David says. he also loves to give younger artists advise, should they ask for it. He has often spent a great deal of time with youngsters showing them how to ‘ground’ the canvas to obtain greater depth and form. Some of his early paintings e.g. ‘Wakes Fair’ and ‘Jubilee Party’ show a definite nod in the direction of L. S. Lowry, whilst say, ‘Factory Chimneys’ leans towards Theodore Majo

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