About

English painter living in the south of France

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Educated in art and art history at Eton College and Edinburgh University, David Rycroft received his first national art award aged 19. He taught art in London for ten years until 2005.

To celebrate 40 years of its Man and Biosphere programme, UNESCO presented an exhibition of his paintings in Paris in 2011.

His latest series of paintings are large oil-on-canvas en-plein-air cityscapes. These panoramic compositions celebrate classical architecture and the colourful human presence that animates these luminous spaces.

I have followed David Rycroft's work with interest over the last fifteen years, from its origins in life drawing, through abstraction, to its present concern with space and colour. The works in this recent series are the product of a technical breakthrough, which has unlimited potential.

Whether their imagery suggests landscape or other forms, these 'unpainted' pictures - unpainted in the sense that the artist, instead of using a brush, drags the support over the medium - evoke a cosmic dimension, which is truly liberating.

Richard Calvocoressi, Director Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, 1987-2007

L’œuvre de David Rycroft se situe dans une longue tradition artistique. Ses compositions récentes évoquent les paysages classiques de Poussin, Canaletto et Turner et la fluidité des touches de pinceau rappelle l’impressionnisme de Monet et, dans certains cas, les derniers paysages de David Hockney.

Dans ses dernières huiles sur toile (150 x 90cm), David Rycroft capture l'espace mouvant de la ville. La composition "panoramique" donne un sens d'immensité et de profondeur qui se marie avec une luminosité vibrante. Ses tableaux célèbrent l'élégance de l'architecture et notre place au sein de la ville.

Céline Demarcq, Musée Fleury, Musées de France