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Works are currently held in private collections in Britain and abroad including : USA, Canada, Belgium, France, Greece, India, West Germany, Australia, New Zealand and Hong Kong.

Included works for the following:-

The Open University 2014
The Rockefeller Institute, New York
HM Crown Commissioners
British & Commonwealth Institute
CWS Ltd, Manchester
Quarto Publishing Plc
Brook Crompton Motors Ltd
Grenville Gibbs Corporate Art
The Bucentaur Gallery, London
The Cavalry & Guards Club, Piccadilly
Papachristidis Ltd, Shipping Lines
Tumbull Scott Shipping Co. Ltd
Richard Curtis
The Duke of Lancaster's Regiment (Presentation of the Colours
by HM The Queen 2008)
Medici Publications
Jeremy Clarkson
Henry Ling Publications
David & Charles Publishers
The Robertson Collection
The Artists' Publishing Co. Ltd
Castlebar Graphics - Limited Edition Prints
The Paper Rose Group
British Gas
Readers' Digest
National Coal Board
Whitbread Breweries
Matthew Gloag Ltd
The Portman Estate
Royle Publications
Mortimer Publishing Ltd
Panasonic UK Ltd
Cadburys-Schweppes Ltd
Andrew Lloyd Webber
John Cleese
Shell UK Ltd
Historic Scotland
Harper Collins Publishers
London Contemporary Art
The Paper House Group
The Caravan Club of GB.

Works held in permanent
collection in:

The Ferens Art Gallery, Hull.
Doncaster Museum and Art Gallery.
Cusworth Hall Museum, Doncaster.
Singer Friedlander plc, Bishopsgate, London.
The Pannett Art Gallery and Museum, Whitby.

About David Curtis ROI RSMA

Born in Doncaster in 1948, David headed an engineering design team until 1988 when he became a full time painter. He was elected to the Royal Society of Marine
Arts in 1983 and a member of the Royal Institute of Oil Painters in 1988.

In 1992 David won the first prize in the Singer & Friedlander/Sunday Times Watercolour Competition and the second prize in 1997.

Essentially a 'plein air' and figurative painter, working in both oils and watercolours, he observes transient lighting conditions and effects of atmosphere in his compositions.

David is the author of 'A Light Touch, the Landscape in Oils' and 'The Landscape in Watercolour - A Personal View' both published by David & Charles.

Two APV films of the same titles are on video format and form part of a television series.

A third APV video 'Light Effects in Watercolour' was released in October 1997, and a fourth film - 'Light in the Landscape' was released in November 2003. David is also featured on a TV series - Connecticut Coast to Coast, USA '96 broadcasting.

A third book and a fifth film are scheduled for 2004-2005, both entitled 'Light and Mood in Watercolour' published by Crysallis Books and APV Films respectively.

A fourth book, "Capturing the Moment in Oils" was published in 2007, with a film of the same title by APV Films. A fifth book on both oils and watercolours and a seventh film by APV Films were published in 2009-10, both titled "Painting with Impact." A sixth book and an eighth film were released in 2013 covering aspects of painting on location.

A regular exhibitor at the Richard Hagen Gallery in Broadway, Worcs, David also exhibits in all the major National Society exhibitions and has work held in private
collections, both nationally and abroad.

Taught life drawing atelier at Doncaster College of Art 1985-1990
Elected to the Board of Governors, Federation of British Artists, London 1991-1994.
Elected Member RSMA, 1983
Elected Associate ROI, 1987
Elected Member ROI, 1988
Re-elected to the Board of Governors, F.B.A, London 2009.
Joined the selection committee for the Singer & Friedlander/Sunday Times Watercolour Competition in 1998, and Singer & Friedlander Isle of Man in 2004.|
Patron of the Pure Watercolour Society, Windrush House, 2009


Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 1982-86 incl, '92 & '93, 2002, 2006 & 2008.
RWS Open Exhibition of Contemporary Art 1985, '86, '90, '91, '93 &'96
Royal Society of Marine Artists 1981 - to date
Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolour 1981 - 1995 incl
Royal Institute of Oil Painters 1987 - to date
Royal Society of British Artists 1988 & 1992
Royal Society of Portrait Painters 2001
'Hunting Group' Finalists Exhibition, Mall Galleries 1983 & 1985
Mystic Maritime Gallery, Mystic, Connecticut, USA 1988 and 2001
Hallam Gallery, London - ROI 1988 & 1999
Spinks Gallery, London - ROI 1989
Francis Iles Gallery, Rochester, Kent - Spring Exhibition 1983
Wykeham Gallery, Stockbridge, Hants - Three Man Exh 1990
The Forbes Gallery, Fifth Avenue, New York - RSMA 2001
Century Galley, Datchet - ROI 1992 - 2000
NEAC Annual Exhibition, Mall Galleries 1992 & 2004
Henley Royal Regatta Exhibition 1996 - 1999
Richmond Gallery, Cork St., London - ROI 1993
Brian Sinfield - British Watercolours Exhibition 1994
Tyron & Swann, Cork St, London - Four Man Exhibition 1996
The Discerning Eye Exhibition, London 1997, 1998, 2011
Richard Hagen Limited - Regular Exhibitor 1985 - to date
Richard Hagen Limited - One Man Exhibitions 1990, '91, '93, '95, '97, '99, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2010 & 2012, 2014.

Other Exhibitions

Sheffield National Open Exhibition - 1975-1980 inc.|
Ferens Winter Open Exhibition, Hull - 1975 - 1995 inc.
International Amateur Art Exhibition, London - 1968
Kendal Film Festival Art Exhibition (Prize Winner) - 1980


Singer & Friedlander/Sunday Times Watercolour Competition
- First Prize Winner 1992
- Second Prize Winner 1997
- Third Prize Winner 1989, 1991, 1995
RWS - Collins Brown Award 1996
ROI - Stanley Grimm Memorial Prize Winner 1991,1997 & 2011
ROI - The Roberson Award 1998
ROI - The Alan Gourley Memorial Prize 2003
ROI - The Le Clerc Fowle Medal 2003
ROI - The Frank Herring Award 2004
ROI - The Dartington Crystal Award 2011
RSMA - The Worshipful Company of Shipwrights Award 2002