David Wightman (painter)

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David Wightman (born in Stockport, Greater Manchester 1980) is an English painter known for his abstract and landscape acrylic paintings using collaged wallpaper.[1] He graduated with an MA in Painting from the Royal College of Art in 2003.[2]

In 2003, while still studying at the Royal College of Art (and having just been nominated for the Lexmark European Art Prize),[3] Meredith Etherington-Smith, former editor of Art Review, said of his short-listed piece: "David Wightman frames his picture perfect Swiss postcard in the cool collateral of a Ben Nicholson modernist painting".[4]

In 2009, he showed a large site-specific painting: Behemoth at Cornerhouse, Manchester (2009)[5] and went on to exhibit with Sumarria Lunn Gallery at The Hempel, London (2010).[6] In 2010-11 he was one of two artists (the other being Hannah Maybank) selected for the Berwick Gymnasium Arts Fellowships - a six-month residency supported by English Heritage and Arts Council England. The residency took place in a Nicholas Hawksmoor designed former military gymnasium in Berwick-upon-Tweed, Northumberland.[7] In 2013, he was commissioned by HOUSE Festival in Brighton (selected by artist Mariele Neudecker)[8] to make a site-specific painting for a disused pavilion on Brighton's seafront. The piece (Hero) is the largest painting by the artist to date.[9]

Cherie Federico, editor of Aesthetica Magazine has said: "You must spend time with Wightman’s paintings; on the surface they are beautiful and intricate, but like the layers they are made from, there is so much depth to his works".[10] In 2012 he had his first major solo show entitled Paramour at Halcyon Gallery, London.[11] His work is held in several public collections including the Royal College of Art Collection and General Energy UK.[12] He lives and works in London.

Further reading

  • Paramour, London: Halcyon Gallery. 2012. ISBN 978-1-907849-08-4.

External links


  1. Khan, Tabish. "Art Review: David Wightman – Paramour at Halcyon Gallery". Londonist. http://londonist.com/2012/04/art-review-david-wightman-paramour-halcyon-gallery.php. Retrieved 6 January 2013. 
  2. "Fine Art Visiting Speakers Programme". Newcastle University. http://research.ncl.ac.uk/fineartvisitingspeakers/infoWightman.html. Retrieved 6 January 2013. 
  3. Ezard, John (21 April 2003). "Painters target the Turner". The Guardian. http://www.theguardian.com/uk/2003/apr/21/arts.artsnews. Retrieved 26 December 2013. 
  4. "David's brush with Euro success". Stockport Times West. Thursday 22 May 2003. 
  5. "Behemoth and Other New Paintings". Cornerhouse. http://www.cornerhouse.org/wp-content/uploads/old_site/media/General%20things/Monthly%20Listings/Cornerhouse_Listings_November_Web.pdf. Retrieved 6 January 2013. 
  6. Howard, Donna Marie. "Secret Name". The Workshop of Sir Reginald Bray. http://sirreginaldbray.wordpress.com/2010/08/18/secret-name-david-wightman-at-the-hempel/. Retrieved 6 January 2013. 
  7. King, Judith. "In conversation with David Wightman". Arts & Heritage. http://timandragustafson.wix.com/aandh2#!david-wightman. Retrieved 6 January 2013. 
  8. "HOUSE 2013 selected artists and commissions announced". http://www.housefestival.org/house-news-2013?item=31&itemoffset=8. Retrieved 6 May 2013. 
  9. "David Wightman · Hero". http://www.davidwightman.net/landscape/hero.html. Retrieved 6 May 2013. 
  10. Paramour. London: Halcyon Gallery. 2012. ISBN 978-1-907849-08-4. http://www.halcyongallery.com/emags/Paramour-DWightman/pageflip.html. 
  11. Paramour. London: Halcyon Gallery. 2012. ISBN 978-1-907849-08-4. http://www.halcyongallery.com/emags/Paramour-DWightman/pageflip.html. 
  12. "David Wightman - Artists". Halcyon Gallery. http://www.halcyongallery.com/artists/david-wightman. Retrieved 26 December 2013.