David Barton Price

I worked as an underwriter at Lloyds of London specialising in fine art for 10 years. This gave me a fascinating perspective on the art world and was the encouragement to pick up a paint brush for myself.
My main influences stem from the 1940’s New York City school of Abstract Expressionism – the next step from Surrealism or Abstraction. Drawing from the works of Rothko and Pollock, I have also been heavily influenced by other artists such as Paul Klee and Wassily Kandinsky.
I draw my inspiration from a passion for the sea both from the surface through a love of sailing to below, through freediving. I am captivated and mesmerised by the power, beauty and magnificent force of the oceans which I endeavour to capture in my work.
My free association of the unconscious brings a style that is truly non-objective. Eschewing traditional ideas of composition avoids any points of reference on the canvases and allows the viewer’s gaze to expand across the works as if contemplating the vastness of the open water.
My work ‘Stoned’ has been accepted into the final round of judging for the Royal Academy’s Summer Exhibition.
As California Abstract Expressionist Jay Meuser, wrote…
“It is far better to capture the glorious spirit of the sea than to paint all of its tiny ripples.”
                  
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