DAVID PARFITT was born in 1943 at Pontypool, Monmouthshire and grew up in Blaenavon, in those days a mining town at the head of the Afon Llwyd valley. He studied painting and drawing at Newport College of Art and at the Royal College of Art where he won various scholarships and prizes. These included a David Murray Landscape Award, an Abbey Minor scholarship to travel in Italy and a J. Milner Kite Award which enabled him to retrace the steps of Matisse and the Cubists through southern France.
His early paintings were of family and friends, and of the gaunt mountains and industrial valleys of South Wales. Fifty years on he lives at Strand on the Green, for many centuries a working stretch of London’s river. Here he paints the 19th century railway bridge spanning the tidal Thames, with the foreshore, the tower blocks and brewery chimneys, and the towpath, its pubs and the people and clamorous water birds that frequent them. The effects of changing light and seasons, and the meetings and contrasts between the man-made and the natural, are constant themes in his work. In this fusion of the old and the new he has found an echo of his Welsh childhood.
David Parfitt was elected as a member of the New English Art Club in November 1999. He shows regularly with the Club, most recently at Messum’s in June 2011 in an exhibition of selected NEAC members paintings called The Magic and Poetry of Everyday life. His first solo exhibition with Messum's opens in October 2012.
1963 – 1966
Royal College of Art
1959 – 1963
Newport College of Art
1955 – 1959
1954 – 1955
Abersychan Grammar School
Elected to the New English Art Club, 1999
‘NEAC Artists at the Geedon Gallery’, Fingringhoe, Colchester, Essex
2005 - 2010
Small Paintings Group, Piers Feetham Gallery, London SW6
2004 - 2007
Royal Society of Portrait Painters, Mall Galleries, London WI
2006 ‘Artists’ Kew’, Kew Gardens Gallery, Kew, London W4
‘The View: an Exhibition about Richmond Hill’, Waterstones, London W1
1991 – 2003
Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy of Arts, London W1
NEAC Auction Exhibition at Sotheby’s, London W1
NEAC/RA’s Exhibition, Friends’ Room, Royal Academy of Arts, London W1
‘Painters and Draughtsmen’, Frank T Sabin Gallery, London W1
‘Thames, Tide and Towpath’, Piers Feetham Gallery (solo), London SW6
‘The Discerning Eye,’ Mall Galleries, London W1
‘Thames, Bridge and Boatyard’, Attendi, London W4
‘Northern Painter, Southern Light’, Attendi, London W4
Michael Simpson Ltd, London W1 (solo)
Frank Vooren, Amsterdam
Royal Watercolour Society, Bankside, London SE1
Thos. Agnew & Sons, London W1 (solo)
Fine Art Trade Guild, London W1 (solo)
Hugh Dunn Memorial Award, 1966
Abbey Minor Scholarship, 1966
J. Milner Kite Award, 1966
Anstruther Award, 1964
RCA Life Painting Prize, 1964
David Murray Landscape Award, 1963
"Images of St Paul’s in the 21st Century"
An exhibition of work to celebrate the 300th anniversary of the Cathedral’s completion. Asgill House Trust and the St. Paul’s Cathedral Foundation 2010.
"The Magic and Poetry of Everyday Life. Paintings Past and Present from the New English Art Club"
Exhibition catalogue, Messum’s 2010
"The New English - A History of the New English Art Club" by Kenneth McConkey
Royal Academy of Arts 2006
An exhibition of contemporary works. Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Garden, Kew 2006
An Exhibition about Richmond Hill. Asgill House Trust in association with the London’s Arcadia Partnership and the Petersham Trust 2003.
The Artist Magazine
1st February 2003
Pictures worth picking up
15th December 1992
David Parfitt's View of Greece
The Greek Review International
3rd October 1987
The Fine Art Trade Guild Journal
1st September 1986
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