David Sawyer

Biographical Details:

Born 19th July 1961 in London
Grew up in Margate Kent
Studied Fine Art at Canterbury College of Art.
30 May 2004 Elected to RBA

Commentary on Work

I would describe myself as a modern British Impressionist, working within the tradition of landscape painting. I am mainly interested in architectural subjects and the effect of light in revealing the nature of its structure and creating a mood or atmosphere. The subject matter I paint encompasses Mediterranean landscapes to London̛̛s urban skyline. My principal medium is oil paint although I also use watercolour as a means of exploring ideas and making preparatory studies. Much of my work, at this time, is on a larger scale as it is increasingly more studio based, using drawings and photographic reference and occasionally small oil studies made in situ.
Generally, I have 5-6 main paintings that I am working on in my studio at one time, as ideas and elements, that I am exploring, move between one piece to another. If I am unhappy with a picture, I will leave it untouched and unseen for a while. Usually on returning to it later, problems can be resolved seeing it in a fresh light. I work between a small studio space in London, where I formulate my ideas and a larger studio in South West France, where I generally paint my larger pictures.

Exhibitions and Galleries

Royal Society of British Artists
Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolour
New English Arts Club
Royal Society of Marine Artists
Oakham Contemporary Gallery, 27 Bury Street, St James̛̛s, London SW1Y 6AL
Panter and Hall, 9 Shepherd Market, Mayfair London W1J 7PF
John Davies Gallery, The Old Dairy Plant, Moreton-in-Marsh, Gloucestershire GL56 9NQ
The Jerram Gallery, Half Moon Street, Sherborne, Dorset DT9 3LN
The Wykeham Gallery, Stockbridge, Hampshire SO20 6HE
Denise Yapp, Contemporary Art. Mill House, Whitebrook, Monmouth NP25 4TX
Art @ the Celtic. Celtic Manor Resort Hotel, Coldra Woods, The Usk Valley, Newport, NP18 1HQ
W.H. Patterson Fine Art Ltd, 19 Albemarle Street, London W1. Annual Venice in Peril Exhibition.
Sarah Samuels Fine Art, The Rectory, St Mary without-the-walls, Overleigh Road, Handbridge, Chester CH4
St Martin̛̛s Gallery, Trafalgar Square, London SW1
Hicks Gallery, 2 Leopold Road, Wimbledon, London SW19
Primrose Hill Gallery, Primrose Hill, London NW1
Gallery Forty-Seven, 47 Great Russell Great Russell Street, London WC1B
Sadler Street Gallery, 23 Market Place, Wells, Somerset, BA5 2RF
The Pump House Gallery, Battersea Park, London SW11
The Loggia Gallery, Buckingham Gate, London SW1


Royal Automobile Club, Centenary Art Prize (2011)
The Arts Club Prize at the RBA 2010 Exhibition
The Artists Magazine Prize at the RBA 2009 exhibition.
The Education Purchase Prize at the RBA 2006 exhibition.
The Daler-Rowney Award at the RBA 2005 exhibtion.
The Katherine William-Powlett Memorial Award in 1997 for a Watercolour at the 50th Anniversary Exhibition
Chelsea Arts Society. Chelsea Old Town Hall, London
The de Laszlo Medal at the RBA 2012 exhibition


The Artist Magazine. “David Sawyer in conversation with Julian Halsby”. September 2009
Art of England Magazine. “Oxford from an Artist̛̛s eye. July 2008
Artists and Illustrators Magazine. “Materials and Methods: Choosing Canvases”. October 2000
Artists and Illustrators Magazine. “Materials and Methods: Canvas and Oil Papers”. May 1998
Artists and Illustrators Magazine. “Ancient and Modern”. March 1998


Skylines for Board Rooms”. Views from the 8th Floor of the Friedfrank Building, City Road, London EC1. 2006-2008
3 Oil Paintings for the State Rooms of the Cunard Liner “Queen Mary II” (26 Limited edition prints of each Painting). 2003

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