"Honour the miraculousness of the ordinary.What we very badly need to remember is that the things right under our noses are extraordinary, fascinating, irreplaceable, profound and just kind of marvellous."
My work is representational and is mostly a slow and thoughtful process. All that I do is grounded in observation which I try to combine with ideas, symbols, narrative, conjecture... In my work I try to look again at the everyday, a world that is barely glimpsed and often overlooked. There is a bit of mystery, alchemy even, in the craft of painting. Working for long periods on a piece creates an internal tension on one hand and silence on the other. A silence that makes the works immensely contemplative. I prefer there to be a story that is not fully explained, I like the idea that the viewer can complete the story. During the process of development I do a lot of putting in and taking out, so the narrative is constantly changing, which keeps me intrigued.
'Tell all the truth but tell it slant,'
David Gleeson was born in Manchester and studied visual art at Aberystwyth University and painting at Wolverhampton University. Since 1984, he has exhibited widely in the UK, USA and Johannesburg. He has won prizes in 17 exhibitions including ‘The Discerning Eye’ and ‘Hunting Art’.
2007 'Still Lifes and Stories', Thompson's Gallery, London
2004 ‘still, present’, Keele University Gallery
2003 ‘The Really Real’, Hanley Museum & Art Gallery
1999 ‘Museum Pieces’, Cambridge Contemporary Art
1998 Grosvenor Gallery, London
1997 Artist in Residence & Exhibition, Shugborough, Stafford
1996 ‘Silences and Virtual Realities’, Shire Hall Gallery, Stafford
1991 Jonathan Cooper Park Walk Gallery, London
1991 Stafford Art Gallery
1986/88/90/93/96/97/00/01/06 Royal Academy Summer Show
1988/95/98/00 Hunting Art Prizes, Royal College of Art & Tour
1990 BP Portrait Award, National Portrait Gallery
1995 - 2006 RBSA Open Exhibitions
1996 - 1997 Piccadilly Gallery, London
1997/99/02 Singer Friedlander/Sunday Times Watercolour Competition, London/Tour
1997/99/01/02/03/04/06 ‘The Discerning Eye’
1997/98 Pastel Society Open, Mall Galleries
1998 - 2001 Pringle International Art, New Jersey, USA
1999 - 2002 Martin Lawrence Galleries, New York, USA
1999 - 2002 Chalk & Vermilion Galleries, Johannesburg, SA
2001 ‘In House’, Mall Galleries
2002 Laing Seascape & Landscape Competition, Mall Galleries, London
AWARDS & PRIZES:
1984 ‘Regeneration’, Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool, Prizewinner
1993/94/95/96/99/00 Staffordshire Open, Prizewinner
1997/01/02 ‘The Discerning Eye’, Mall Galleries, London, Prizewinner
1998 Mid Art Annual Open, Dudley Art Gallery, Prizewinner
1999 Three Counties Open, Keele University Gallery, Prizewinner
1999/01 Grosvenor Museum Open Art Competition, Chester, Prizewinner
2000 Stoke Open, Prizewinner
2000 ‘Hunting Art Prizes’, Royal College of Art, London, Prizewinner
2002 NEAC Annual, Mall Galleries, London, Prizewinner
2006/2007 R.B.S.A Open All Media, Prize winner
Chester City, Staffordshire County Council, Keele University & Aberystwyth University Collection.
Stained Glass window dedicated by H.R.H. Queen Elizabeth II, St Mary's Church, Stafford 2006