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Jean David

Joined Artfinder: April 2015

Artworks for sale: 82

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France

About Jean David

 
 
  • Biography

    Although I do also work with diverse media, the majority of my work is in oil paint, and this is where I feel most at home.  Over the years, I have become familiar with what is possible with this medium, and I still find that it provides an almost staggering range of effects that can be achieved in its application, eg using brushes, knives, rags, fingers etc.

    The starting point for all of my work invariably comes from nature. Whether the subject matter is a portrait, a figure, flowers or a landscape, all that evolves must come from what is before me. After that, I can, and do, choose a variety of processes to produce the painting. 

    When painting portraits and figures, I feel compelled to stay with the integrity of the form, as I don’t feel that I could improve upon it. My interpretation of the landscape vacillates from realism moving towards abstraction. The pictures are mostly done plein air, and then often reworked in the studio. I am more concerned with getting the feel of the experience than with representational or photographic correctness. Therefore, the main pictorial elements I use are drawing, coloor and tone applied with a variety of paint application.

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  • Education

    2000 - 2003

    University of NSW, College of Fine Arts

    1998 - 1999

    Julian Ashton School of Art, Sydney

  • Awards

    2021

    First Prize in the Oil Painting category at the Echall’Arts 2021 Art Festival, France.

    Weekend painting festival in the south west of France

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    2020

    Participant, Salon d'Automne, Paris

    Selected by the jury for the internationally famous and prestigious Salon in Paris

    2017

    'Belle Etoile' prize at the Magne International Painting festival in France

    The Magne International Painting festival in France is one of the largest Plein Air painting competitions in France. It is attended by over 350 painters competing for over 12,000 euros in prize money distributed over a number of prizes.

    2016

    Mortmarte ‘Peintres dans la Rue’ – Awarded ‘Best Oil Painting’ prize

    The Mortmarte ‘Peintres dans la Rue’ is an annual event for plein air painting on a single day. This year, I was awarded ‘Best Oil Painting’.

    2015

    Painting placed in a Public Collection

    City of Parthenay, France acquires ‘Portrait of Sir Winston Churchill’

    2015

    Participant, Salon d'Automne, Paris


    In 2015, one of my paintings was accepted by the jury for the prestigious Autumn exhibition of the Salon in Paris.

    2014

    Participant, Salon d'Automne, Paris

    In 2014, one of my paintings was accepted by the jury for the prestigious Autumn exhibition of the Salon in Paris.

    2014

    'Art in the Open' Accommodation Award

    In 2014, I was awarded the accommodation prize for the international art fair, 'Art in the Open' in Ireland.

    2006

    Participant, Royal Society of Oil Painters, London

    In 2006, while resident in London, one of my paintings was accepted by the Royal Society for inclusion in their annual exhibition.
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Education

2000 - 2003

University of NSW, College of Fine Arts

1998 - 1999

Julian Ashton School of Art, Sydney


Awards

2021

First Prize in the Oil Painting category at the Echall’Arts 2021 Art Festival, France.

Weekend painting festival in the south west of France

Show more awards Hide

2020

Participant, Salon d'Automne, Paris

Selected by the jury for the internationally famous and prestigious Salon in Paris

2017

'Belle Etoile' prize at the Magne International Painting festival in France

The Magne International Painting festival in France is one of the largest Plein Air painting competitions in France. It is attended by over 350 painters competing for over 12,000 euros in prize money distributed over a number of prizes.

2016

Mortmarte ‘Peintres dans la Rue’ – Awarded ‘Best Oil Painting’ prize

The Mortmarte ‘Peintres dans la Rue’ is an annual event for plein air painting on a single day. This year, I was awarded ‘Best Oil Painting’.

2015

Painting placed in a Public Collection

City of Parthenay, France acquires ‘Portrait of Sir Winston Churchill’

2015

Participant, Salon d'Automne, Paris


In 2015, one of my paintings was accepted by the jury for the prestigious Autumn exhibition of the Salon in Paris.

2014

Participant, Salon d'Automne, Paris

In 2014, one of my paintings was accepted by the jury for the prestigious Autumn exhibition of the Salon in Paris.

2014

'Art in the Open' Accommodation Award

In 2014, I was awarded the accommodation prize for the international art fair, 'Art in the Open' in Ireland.

2006

Participant, Royal Society of Oil Painters, London

In 2006, while resident in London, one of my paintings was accepted by the Royal Society for inclusion in their annual exhibition.

There are no upcoming events


 

Biography

Although I do also work with diverse media, the majority of my work is in oil paint, and this is where I feel most at home.  Over the years, I have become familiar with what is possible with this medium, and I still find that it provides an almost staggering range of effects that can be achieved in its application, eg using brushes, knives, rags, fingers etc.

The starting point for all of my work invariably comes from nature. Whether the subject matter is a portrait, a figure, flowers or a landscape, all that evolves must come from what is before me. After that, I can, and do, choose a variety of processes to produce the painting. 

When painting portraits and figures, I feel compelled to stay with the integrity of the form, as I don’t feel that I could improve upon it. My interpretation of the landscape vacillates from realism moving towards abstraction. The pictures are mostly done plein air, and then often reworked in the studio. I am more concerned with getting the feel of the experience than with representational or photographic correctness. Therefore, the main pictorial elements I use are drawing, coloor and tone applied with a variety of paint application.

 
 
 
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