David Eustace Biography

David Eustace British Artist

David Eustace RBA

British painter David Eustace was born in Birmingham in 1950. At school his art teachers recognised his talent and encouraged him to follow a career in art but owing to financial constraints he was forced to take up a carpentry apprenticeship. It was not until he was 21 that he was able to return to education, when he took an Art Foundation Course at Sutton Coldfield School of Art, Birmingham, followed by a degree course in Fine Arts at Exeter College of Art and teacher training at Leicester Polytechnic. After completing his training David Eustace spent six years living and working as a muralist in the USA.

Since returning to the UK in 1986 David has divided his time between being a professional painter and playing music – for 25 years he was drummer in a blues band, Junkyard Angels, and he now plays in a jazz quartet, Shufflebones.

David plays with the viewers of his figurative painting, using images that hover between conscious and subconscious states.  Eustace produces a mixture of wit and mysticism.  In his view, painting is like music. Often the artist or composer intends to form a beginning, middle and an end but finds himself drawn off in a slightly different direction to make his creation look or sound right.  It is, he says, a philosophical experience, which is easier felt than told.

It is only when I stopped working from life that my paintings became my own.  For me imagination is the touch stone to explore an inner world of feelings and dreams”

 David observes the everyday world around him but presents it with an individual style and viewpoint.  Subjects are sometimes dislocated from their surroundings or hover lending an air of mystery.  There is a three-dimensional dream-like quality to his art.  Painting with acrylic on board he overlays this with a light oil glaze to enhance depth and colours.

David Eustace’s work has been exhibited throughout the UK, his very successful solo shows including the Royal Albert Museum Art Gallery in Exeter, Highgate Gallery and the Rona Gallery, London. David Eustace has also won a number of awards including membership of the Royal Society of British Artists in 2003, and in the same year he became winner of the RBA David Wolfers Memorial Prize.