David Britton went to Colchester Grammar School and then studied history at New College, Oxford. After a number of years in teaching, trying to fit painting and poetry round the edges, he left teaching to concentrate on art. After some time spent in the, to him, rather alien environment of Sheffield, he is back in his beloved native landscape of north-east Essex, living on Mersea Island and once again creating vast, haunting canvases which capture the big skies and the special play of light on land and water in Essex/Suffolk border country. Since his first one man exhibition at Project B Gallery, Colchester in 1975 David has exhibited widely establishing a reputation as one of our leading local artists.
David’s paintings link the mystical with a response to the natural world, and vary from the concrete and sensual to those he describes as the ‘withdrawn type’, which take off into the infinite.
He says ‘I utterly refuse to be cowed by the political pressures in the various Arts Worlds into doing the kind of work that is found “relevant”. There are legions who say one “can’t”, these days, write a poem about a summer morning, or paint a picture of an Essex barn. These people have to be ignored!’
The exhibition continues until May 11th.