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David Hopkins

A realist figurative painter, David graduated in 1996 from Central St. Martins School of Art, London, and subsequently following many specialist courses to develop his technical skills, including anatomical drawing, classical ‘atelier’ portraiture and still-life techniques.

His paintings have been long-listed for UK national art competitions, including the NPG BP Award. His Double Self – Portrait with Mobile Phone was selected for the 2019 Ruth Borchard Self-Portrait exhibition.


Large or small, the paintings tend to be quiet and meditative with rich, saturated colours and subtle, unexpected compositions, usually of people (portraits and life painting), still-lifes and occasional cityscapes. All are portraits whether of people, things or locations, painting the objects or fruit and vegetables with the same respect one is supposed to treat people with in painting – making them important because they are. “Flowers and everything else are present in our lives. You’re not just painting a flower. You can talk about life (death included) when you paint a flower”

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