David William Westwood West Midlands, United Kingdom
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I am self taught as an artist and paint in the impressionist, naive style. I began in watercolours and moved quickly to painting in oils and mixed media on canvas board.

I have 23 qualifications, including a history degree and a professional qualification in law, but only one of my qualifications is art based, a C.S.E art, which I studied at High School.

I began creating by writing books and screenplays and did so for many years. I turned to painting in 2013 when a 9 year relationship ended. My evenings became lonely so I painted to fill an empty space. I suffer with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Depression and Anxiety, I am also Dyslexic. My disabilities give me the ability to visualise complex things. I paint what I feel about what I see rather than merely what I see.

I am a member of the Midland Paint Group. Originally I did very few exhibitions. Then Christmas of last year, the Group employed the services of a profession art critic, a professor in art at Birmingham University and member of the Royal Birmingham Society of Artist. He gave my confidence a great boost when he praised my work. He suggested that I should exhibit and that I should present my work to the RBSA for exhibition, then he said he thought it so unique that it should be put to the RBA in London for exhibiting.

Artwork

Crime of Diversity 1885

Medium: Oil paint on canvas board

One year in the making. The subject is how gay/lesbian and trans-gender people were treated by the law in the 19th Century. A person could commit as crime in their own home, the police coming in to enforce the Act of Indecency Law 1885.

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Desires in a Piccadilly

Medium: Oil paint on canvas board

This painting took two years to complete. It subject it the influence adverting has on the thoughts of people. We see the advertising around the circus and then in the outline of the people their desires.

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Bridge over troubled waters.

Medium: Oil paint on canvas board

This painting took 6 months to complete. The subject is all the troubles and problems dealt with my Parliament flowing past in the Thames.

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Sterling Disaster.

Medium: Oil paint and metallic paint on canvas board.

We see the Bank of England in the sun, a house shaped balloon floats ever higher, a bus advertising ,buy to let mortgages. The square in front of the bank is pathed with gold. A war memorial stands pride of place in the square, decorated with flowers from a grateful nation. The faceless men in bowler hats how make their fortunes in the city walk by. A homeless ex-army Man begs for money while a man with a bowler hat, in is expensive car splashes him with water.

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British Confidence 1885

Medium: Oil paint, metallic paint and glitter on canvas board.

An evening view of London's Lambeth Square. The image of Queen Victoria is in the highest of the gas lamps, shining down on her confident Empire.

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Affair of the Seas

Medium: Oil paint, metallic paint and glitter on canvas board.

A ship at sea in ruff weather.

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Victorian Policeman

Medium: Oil paint, metallic paint and glitter on canvas board.

Victorian policeman directing traffic.

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Morning Glory

Medium: Oil paint, metallic paint and glitter on canvas board.

The painting uses the black to embolden the colour.

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Rule Britannia

Medium: Oil paint on canvas board

This work of art use the black to enforce the strength of the colours.

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Sparkling Bird

Medium: Oil paint, metallic paint and glitter and foiling technique on canvas board.

Lots of sparkle and bling. This painting, glitter and foil work has more bling then a fist full of diamonds.

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Passing Time

Medium: Oil paint, metallic paint and glitter on canvas board.

This painting is actually 90% a work of glitter with 10% oil paint.

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AbstractFigurativeLandscapeIdentityExperimentalNieve and contempory