David Fitzjohn

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Specialist Subject Areas

Fine Art Painting


MA Painting Royal College of Art BA (Hons) Fine Art Canterbury College of Art


Born 1963 London.

After graduating from Canterbury in 1986 I took a diploma in Scenic Art at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in 1988, which gave me the practical skills and the introduction to the theatre and film world, necessary to becoming a freelance Scenic Artist. This was how I supported my practice until 2002 when I left London and increasingly supplemented my income through teaching.

I gained an MA in painting from the Royal College of Art in 1995 and was the Abbey Scholar in Painting at the British School at Rome from 1995 to 1996.

Current research

My current practice explores the notion of ‘landscape’ as a construct of cultural memory and is concerned with ideas regarding climate change and economic imperialism. Parallel to this is an interest in the phenomenological aspect of colour relationships and the mobility this can bring to perception of the work.

Drawing is also integral to my process; the drawn image within my paintings is continually filtered and reprocessed through different systems of colour, pattern and materials. Recently my practice has diversified and I have developed my drawing into large paper-cuts installations combining hand-cut with machine made processing through the use of Photoshop and Illustrator. I am fascinated by the tension created by juxtaposing these methods that questions notions of craft, skill and the role of the artist. This development has led me to an increasing awareness of the potentials offered by new technology to my work.

Principal Publications, Exhibitions and Awards

Solo Exhibitions

2010 “Fimbulwinter” Joanna Field Gallery, Milford Haven

2008 “Its Heaven up There”, Oriel Henry Thomas Gallery, Carmarthen

Group Exhibitions

2011 “Citizen” tactileBosch Cardiff

2010 Y Lle Celf National Eisteddfod of Wales, The Works, Ebbw Vale

2010 Death & Entrances, St Mary of Charity Church, Faversham

2010 Gathered World, The Ceramic Gallery, Aberystwyth Arts Centre,

2009 Uncertain Journeys, Oriel Q, Narberth

2009 WCS?, tactileBOSH, Cardiff

2006 Head Turner, Iota Gallery, Ramsgate

2004 West Wales Centre for the Crafts, Pembrokeshire

2003 Jenny Granger Gallery, Whitstable

1996 The Italian Job, British School at Rome

1995 Five Abstract Painters, Paton Gallery, London

1995 Tunnel Vision, The Mona Bismark Foundation, Paris

1995 Degree Show, Royal College of Art

1987 John Moores Liverpool Exhibition 15, Liverpool


1995-1996 Abbey Scholarship in Painting, The British School at Rome

1994 Erasmus Travel Award to Berlin

Enterprise Projects and/or Industrial links

I still have personal links with Designers and Art Directors in the Film and Theatre industry.