David Inshaw

British artist and painter. Born in 1943 at Wednesfield, Staffordshire, and moved to Biggin Hill, Kent in 1950. Studied painting at Beckenham School of Art (1959–63) and the Royal Academy School of Painting (1963–66). Taught at West of England College of Art in Bristol. Founder member of the Brotherhood of Ruralists. He left the group in 1983. Currently lives in Devizes, Wiltshire. Described by Andrew Lambirth as ‘the greatest living proponent of the English Romantic tradition’.
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The Beatitudes of Love: Sociableness or Toasting by Stanley Spencer. Owned for a time by David Inshaw

The Beatitudes of Love: Sociableness or Toasting by Stanley Spencer. Owned for a time by David Inshaw

The Fight Between Carnival and Lent (1559) by Pieter Bruegel the Elder

Le Ventre de Paris: Pieter Bruegel the Elder's 'The Fight between Carnival and Lent', Carnival astride a beer barrel jousts with a roasting-spit. Lent on a prayer stool jousts with a baker's pole and two herrings.

Detail from The Baptism of Christ (c. 1448–50) by Piero della Francesca. The figure removing his shirt to receive the sacrament of God’s grace appears in Allegory I as a man undressing for the beach.

Detail from The Baptism of Christ (c. by Piero della Francesca. The figure removing his shirt to receive the sacrament of God’s grace appears in Allegory I as a man undressing for the beach.

David Inshaw working on The Cricket Game (1976).

David Inshaw working on The Cricket Game

Larry's Party by Carol Shields, cover illustration from Presentiment (1973-78) by David Inshaw

Set in the mid 20 century, a good reflection of life in lo/middle class suburbs. Larry has little ambition but his obsession with garden mazes drives his life forward.

David Inshaw. Between dreaming and waking. Published to accompany an exhibition held at The Millinery Works, London, 23rd Sept.-26th Oct. 2008. David Inshaw, Simon Rae

Between dreaming and waking. Published to accompany an exhibition held at The Millinery Works, London, Oct.

David Inshaw talking about Alfred Stockholm, first 10 minutes or so, video created by Stephen Jacobson

Alfred Stockham RWA created by Stephen Jacobson RWA

Allegory I (2015) by David Inshaw. "The beginning of Allegory I is those two figures in the middle, the two children running down the beach...It is about innocence, joy and fun, but there are other elements in the picture that are more sinister." Dark-sailed yachts and low-flying Chinook helicopters advance on these scenes and imbue them with an uneasy sense of threat or menace.

'Allegory I' by British artist David Inshaw Oil on canvas, 60 x 60 in. via Sladers Yard

Wild Life in a Southern County by Richard Jefferies, cover illustration Goldfinches (2003-4) by David Inshaw

Wild Life in a Southern County by Richard Jefferies - Little Toller Books

David Inshaw talking about the Brotherhood of Ruralists, Bristol Post, August 2008. "I left in 1983, and as far as I was concerned, that was the end of it...We had five or six years together and I thought that was long enough. By then, I wanted to be an individual. Still, the group thing was interesting. I loved the companionship."

David Inshaw talking about the Brotherhood of Ruralists, Bristol Post, August 2008. "I left in 1983, and as far as I was concerned, that was the end of it...We had five or six years together and I thought that was long enough. By then, I wanted to be an individual. Still, the group thing was interesting. I loved the companionship."

Detail from Allegory II (2015) by David Inshaw. "The figure that fascinates me right in the middle of Brueghel’s painting ‘The Battle Between Carnival and Lent’ is striding out across the market square with a purpose. But there’s no indication of what his purpose is at all. He’s obviously obsessed and I’ve always identified with that figure."

"Harlequin" (detail) from "Allegory II" by David Inshaw. "The figure that fascinates me, right in…

The South Country by Edward Thomas, cover illustration Still Point, Woodborough Bridge (1997-8) by David Inshaw

The South Country by Edward Thomas, cover illustration Still Point, Woodborough Bridge by David Inshaw

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