It is my aim, with my work, to express the ephemeral beauty and wonderful nature of light. Whether it be an intimate, solitary portrait, a joyous group study, or sun-kissed beachscape, it is the actual light falling upon the subject that has inspired me to paint.
I hope to portray the very essence, and thus, the truth, of a particular moment in each of my works, be it a quiet, intimate study or an energetic beach scene. I endeavour to recollect all of the feelings experienced at that time, in accordance with Proust’s message whereby the meaning of Art lies in the power of memory to recapture the past.
Through both the chromaticism and the tonality of light, I relish what Monet called ‘the cushion of atmosphere‘, and passionately strive to imbue all my work with such vivid sensation.
My work is centred on the representation of Nature, Space and Light. My aim for verisimilitude leads me to paint naturalistically. Quoting one of my favourite artists, Camille Pissaro, “One must have only one teacher – Nature; she is the one always to be consulted“.
1968 Born in South Wales
1989 Travels in France
1990 Trained at Royal College
1994 Studied in Florence, Italy
2005 Travels in Greece
2006 Professional Artist
My Garden Studio overlooking the Brecon Beacons National Park
Dai David holds exhibitions regularly in the UK in private galleries and museums, as well as major London Art Fairs. Most notable amongst these are the 20/21 International Art Fair, the London Affordable Art Fair and the Chelsea Fine Art Show. Click on the ‘Exhibitions‘ button to view a select list of previous and current venues showing his work.
Dai’s subject matter ranges from days out on the fabulous beaches of his native Wales, to beautiful, intimate moments which both reveal and express his love for music. His work has sold throughout the UK and can be found in private collections in New York, North Carolina, San Francisco, France, Italy, Switzerland, Germany, Slovenia, Australia and New Zealand.
Dai is also a trained opera singer and pianist. As a professional musician (known as David Vaughan-Lewis) he gives private tuition in piano, singing and music theory and regularly holds sell-out charity concerts at the nearby Craig Y Nos Castle, once home of the legendary Opera diva, Adelina Patti.