At the Water’s Edge

At the Water’s Edge
David Cottingham
Oil on Canvas. Unframed
80 cm x 80 cm

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David Cottingham is a London-based artist who has developed a unique body of work on the themes of dance and landscape abstraction in the media of painting, drawing and sculpture. He graduated from St Martin’s School of Art in London, where he studied with William Tucker, Phillip King RA and Sir Anthony Caro.

‘My paintings are abstracted improvisations on the two themes that most inspire me, the human body in motion and the spirit of place. […] My work has its roots in sculpture, which I originally studied. […] In time, my love of both music and dance pointed my art in a new direction, towards creating paintings with professional dancers in an improvisational style.  After experimenting with different techniques, I eventually adopted a linear rhythmic and collaborative approach. That approach combined with my other strand of more abstract painting and with the colour ideas which it generated, gradually became fused into my current figurative style. […] Light moves across a landscape like the dancer moves through space, I am a painter of transient things.’

David has exhibited in New York, Chicago, London, Beirut and Rome. Commissions include work for Cartlidge Morland in the City of London and work is also held in various private collections worldwide.  David is Hon Vice President of the Drawing Society of the Federation of British Artists, and a member of Axis and the Riverside Art Group.

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