David Starley


David is an internationally recognised artist whose heavily textured oil paintings aim to evoke an emotional response to our environment. An archaeologist, turned professional painter, David lives in Saltaire with a studio at Dockfield Road Creative Arts Hub, Shipley. He works exclusively in oil paint, thickly applied with a knife to produce an almost sculpted image.

His subjects are predominantly landscapes, often featuring ancient and historic man-made structures – the passage of time and people’s interaction with the environment loom large in his depictions. In recent years he has turned his attention to trees, familiar objects in our environment, but too often taken for granted. Where, previously, they had featured very much in the background of David’s paintings, now they are often the central focus of the work. By portraying the forms and character of individual or groups of trees, or focusing in on the texture of bark and other elements, the viewer is led to a greater appreciation of these living structures.

David has exhibited widely in Yorkshire and beyond, including solo shows. This year he will be exhibiting and working briefly as Artist in Residence at the Royal Horticultural Society’s gardens at Harlow Carr.