David Wiseman

I make acrylic paintings in the studio in addition to various mixed media works made outside direct from the landscape.

The studio paintings are begun initially stapled to the floor using a loose, exploratory layering of freely drawn calligraphic marks, stains and glazes in an attempt to mirror the movement, mood, change and quality of light in the landscape. I want the paintings to live in that place between the physicality of the paint surface and all the magical illusions, ambiguities and evocations of depiction.

I have been a keen distance runner for many years and most of my running is done along the canal, rivers and coast that inspire much of my painting. This allows a different, more fleeting view of the landscape which becomes part of the paintings. They are not topographical but poetic distillations of the landscape with lots of complexity and changes of focus inviting a number of different interpretations. I use a wide variety of tools, brushes, hand, roller, scraper, sponge etc. which helps me to allow the paint to become the landscape. I mix many of my own colours from pigment allowing a greater control over how the paint operates. Although spending time in Devon and the South Coast I am equally inspired by a close up of a little river or woodland close to my Ealing home. I see myself as a playful celebratory landscape painter.


David Wiseman has exhibited widely individually and in many important selected group exhibitions. These include the New Contemporaries, John Moores, Hayward Annual, R.A. Summer Exhibition, Discerning Eye, London Group Open etc. Individual shows include Serpentine Gallery, Rowley Gallery, Water Street Gallery. Has taken part in touring exhibitions to Germany, U.S.A., and Spain. He has exhibited in important curated exhibitions in this country at The Museum of Modern Art, Oxford, Kettles Yard Gallery, Cambridge and the Camden Arts Centre. He has work in many corporate and public collections including the Arts Council, Prudential, Bank of England, The Open University, Lewisham Hospital and many more. His work is represented in private collections in all parts of the world and he has completed 8 major public art works including large scale murals at Charing Cross, Frimley Park, Royal London and Ealing Hospitals. Winner of RWS Purchase Prize 2016. Winner Daler Rowney Prize 2016 and RWS Publicity Prize 2018.. Elected to the London Group 2013 and to the Arborealists in 2016.