David Birch – Painting and Wood Engraving

David W. Birch has become one of the Cotswold’s most respected artists and his work has been collected worldwide.

He has exhibited nationally at venues including Judged Submission Exhibitions at:
The Royal Academy of Arts in London
The Royal Society of Painter-Etchers and Engravers
The Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolour
The Royal Watercolour Society
The Royal West of England Academy, Bristol
The Victoria Art Gallery, Bath
And one man and joint woman exhibitions at:
Warwick Museum and Art Gallery
Michael Tippett Centre, Bath Spa University
Goldsmiths College, University of London

Important corporate collections include:
University of Bristol
Confederation Life of Canada
Gloucester City Museum and Art Gallery

Born in Birmingham of Chipping Campden descent, David’s father was an engineer and a keen draughtsman and his mother was a ballet dancer and teacher. From an early age he was encouraged to draw. His love of landscape and country life led him into farming but he later joined the art and antique dealer H W Keil, working both in London and in Broadway, Worcestershire. From the age of 17 David began to sell his work steadily, his past work experience playing an important part in his enduring preoccupation with landscape and architecture, and by 1974 he had become a professional watercolourist.

David continued to develop his artistic talent with his much sought after wood engravings, which by their nature require careful and deliberate attention to detail. He was inspired to adopt this medium under the guidance of William T Rawlinson following the renowned wood engraver’s 1979 retrospective exhibition.

Whilst continuing with his representational work, David has recently embarked on abstract works sixteen of which were exhibited at Bath Spa University in February 2004 and at Goldsmiths College, London in November 2004.
David W. Birch is married to the artist Annabelle Carey and they have a teenage son Torran Guy.

Click the images below to see examples of David’s work