Born in London in 1938, David Farrant has built a reputation as one of the finest portrait painters in the country. Following his training at Central St Martin’s in London, David embarked on an impressive career, which has included exhibitions at the National Portrait Gallery (where he was a finalist in the John Player Award for Portraiture in 1989) and at London’s Mall Gallery with the Royal Society of Portrait Painters. He has also undertaken many portrait commissions and has work in private collections all over the world.
David travels extensively throughout Europe and the Caribbean and seeks inspiration in the places where people congregate bars, restaurants, beaches, streets and other everyday scenes of human activity. His pieces, rendered in acrylic, capture the impact of light falling on figures and objects and the subtle nuances of human interaction.
“I try to hint at a story - something to intrigue the viewer the way I myself am intrigued by my subjects. In addition to these narrative overtones, I also try to work within the framework of a disciplined formal structure, as balance seems to me to be one of the key elements in a successful image”.