David Page

For most of my life I have painted landscapes. In 2004 I showed Portraits of Notable Fields, a one-year comprehensive study of five local fields, at the Gressenhall Museum of Rural Life. This was followed by work broadly under the heading Fieldmarks at The Cut, Halesworth, in Spring 2008.  The self-portrait, Mother I’m Back (from my exhibition No Such Country, 1995) marked my recovery from a serious operation and looked back to the witty pictures we were painting in the 1960s.

Two other lines of people paintings have emerged – based on newsphotos, or old b/w shots of painters (Bonnard, Monet) alongside portraits of friends (Bob, Carolyn). The Brusca image reminded me, ironically, of Renaissance pictures of the taking of Christ. My landscapes, reflecting the countryside as it is now, in an age of petrol-based agriculture, usually have no people in them – missing the bustle of Breughel, Hokusai and Becker, though I look for life wherever I can.

Influences.

Main ethos: the idea that there are multiple alternatives among rule-bound drawing and representational systems (see Chomsky and John Willatts), and no ‘correct’ system. Search for the Almagest, ‘the great putting-together’ in the original, which equals identity of ends and means. Artistic influences: Hokusai, Velaquez, Goya, Pissaro, Monet, Braque, Sickert and others. Influences: art of the people through history (so -called ‘folk art’). The Ancients, the Modern Movement in toto including music, literature and film. Truth to materials.

Career path

Firstly, I have always painted – in oils – from about age 13. However, my Oxford degrees were in English Literature. In 1961/62 I spent a year painting full-time in St Ives (with friends from Southend Art School) where I exhibited in the usual way. After that I taught at Hornsey College of Art, then the Art & Design Faculty of N E London Polytechnic, for many years. I showed in the Young Contemporaries (as a sort of honorary member of Southend Art School); subsequently with the London Group and elsewhere. In 1985 I decided to take early retirement and spent a (notionally re-training) year at NELP, getting a sort of bolt-on degree in Fine Art. Since then I have painted full-time, and exhibited regularly, mostly in London and East Anglia, but also in Chichester and Bath.

Solo exhibitions

* 2008 Fieldmarks & Other Observations, The Cut, Halesworth, Suffolk

* 2004 Portraits of Notable Fields, Roots of Norfolk, The Museum of Rural Life, Gressenhall, Norfolk

* 2002 Places & People. Recent Paintings, Playhouse Theatre Gallery, Norwich, Norfolk

* 2000 Hallwong and Other Places, Sheringham Little Theatre Gallery, Sheringham, Norfolk

* 1999 The Thirty Seven Views of Hallwong, Lennox Gallery, Chelsea, London

* 1997 Twelve Recent paintings, South Norfolk House, Long Stratton, Norfolk

* 1995 No Such Country, The Gallery, Pentonville Road, London

* 1993 With Jane German and Carolyn Willows, The Gallery, Pentonville Road, London

* 1990 The Gallery, Pentonville Road, London

* 1989 Adnams Wine Warehouse, Southwold, Suffolk

* 1951 Retrospective, Greengate House, Plaistow, East London

Group exhibitions

* 2009 The Cut Open, New Cut Arts, The Cut, New Cut. Halesworth Suffolk

* 2008 Norwich Castle Open Show, Norwich Castle Museum, Norwich

* 2008 Norfolk Contemporary Art 2008, The Forum, Norwich

* 2008 DJ Kelley/Derek Nice/David Page:Paintings and Sculpture, Arndean Gallery, 23 Cork Street LondonW1S 3NJ

* 2007 The Cut Open, New Cut Arts, The Cut, New Cut, Halesworth, Suffolk

* 2005 Norwich Castle Open, Norwich Castle Museum, Norwich, Norfolk

* 2004 Land & Light, Wingfield Arts, Wingfield, Suffolk

* 2001 Places & Some People, Halesworth Gallery, Halesworth, Suffolk

* 1999 Eastern Open, Fermoy Art Gallery, Kings Lynn Arts Centre, Norfolk

* 1997 Picture This, exhibitions and open studios, Norfolk and Norwich Arts Festival

* 1997 Open Exhibition, Halesworth Gallery, Suffolk

* 1997 Chair, Halesworth Gallery, Suffolk

* 1996 Schoolhouse Gallery, Bath

* 1996 Drawings for All, Gainsborough’s House, Sudbury, Suffolk

Gallery

Work regularly shown at Harleston Gallery, 3 Old Market Place, Harleston, Norfolk IP20 9BE tel. 01379 855 366

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