"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."

Andrew Motian

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,'

Emily Dickinson

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 


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




David Gleeson at Thompson's Gallery