David Tress was born in London in 1955 and grew up there, showing an early interest in painting, drawing and natural history. After studying science with biology at A-level, he changed direction and spent a year at Harrow College of Art, before taking a Fine Art degree course at Trent Polytechnic.
While he was at Trent, he became involved with experiments in conceptual and performance art but later, came to question the assumptions of modernism. His rejection of modernism was, however, not so much a return to the beginning, as a rite of passage, which has brought to his landscape and figurative painting some aspects of abstraction retained from his earlier work.
David Tress has lived in West Wales since 1976, and the landscape of this part of Britain forms the subject of many of his paintings. He has exhibited in Wales, England, Ireland, France, Holland and America and has works in public collections including: The National Museum of Wales, The Contemporary Art Society for Wales, The National Library of Wales, MOMA Wales, The Guildhall Art Gallery City of London, and Pallant House Gallery Chichester.
2008 - MOMA Wales, Machynlleth
2008 - Petworth House, West Sussex
2008 - Clwyd Theatr Cymru, Flintshire
2009 - Gallery Oldham,
2009 - Worcester City Art Gallery and Museum
2009 - The National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth
2010 - Oriel Ynys Môn, Anglesey
2010 - West Wales Arts Centre, Pembrokeshire
2010 - The Maclaurin Galleries, Scotland
2010 - Coach House Gallery, Lancashire
2010 - The Marble Hall, Stowe School, Buckingham
2011 - Royal Cambrian Academy, Conwy
2011 - Beaux Arts, Bath
'David Tress', introduction by Frances Spalding, West Wales Arts Centre, 1997
'David Tress', introduction by Nicholas Usherwood, West Wales Arts Centre, 2000.
'David Tress' by Clare Rendell with an introduction by John Russell Taylor, Gomer Press, 2002.
'David Tress Lluniadau Drawings', introduction by Andrew Lambirth, West Wales Arts Centre, 2003.
'A Painter's Radical Position' by David Tress, 2008.
'David Tress. Chasing Sublime Light' introduction by Ian Jeffrey. Touring exhibition, 2008-11.
'David Tress. Earth, Sun, Wind & Rain', The John Davies Gallery, Moreton-in-Marsh, May 2011.
Thinking about Landscape
21st September 2013
Tress's sublime English landscapes
9th June 2012
31st January 2009
Chasing The Light
Artists & Illustrators
1st December 2008
The Art Book
1st August 2008
Light and shade
26th July 2008
1st June 2008
21st May 2008
Sale of the week: ‘Chasing Sublime Light’
17th May 2008
1st May 2008
Chasing Sublime Light
1st October 2007
City storeys, country tale
2nd February 2005
22nd January 2005
3rd December 2003
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