David Wiseman

David Wiseman

The works on canvas are made in the studio and I also work directly from the landscape with a variety of mixed media on smaller works on paper and canvas . 

David Wiseman
David Wiseman, Woodland Water Brownsea Island, pencil on paper, 35 x 25

My painting is  inspired by particular landscape places or events using drawings, photographs and memory. Although spending a lot of time in Devon and the south coast I am equally inspired by local tree lined rivers and parklands close to my Ealing home. 

David Wiseman
David Wiseman, Woodland Life - Distant Water, acrylic, 2016,  102 x 76

My paintings are about the rich contrasting elements in the landscape. The tree which takes on many guises in my paintings is often used as a contrast to the rivers and streams that have recently dominated my work. The relationship between the complex, crowded tree and bush lined river bank and the fluid light and movement of the water is often an important part of my painting. I like to contrast elements ,such as the beautiful complicated pattern of a close up tree trunk against a flash of light in the far distance. When painting outside I try to convey the feeling of being part of the landscape.  I have been a keen runner for many years and most of my running is done along the riverside and canal that inspires much of my painting. 

David Wiseman
David Wiseman, Winter Pitshanger Riverside, 102 x 76, acrylic, 2016

This allows me to be absorbed by the landscape as I pass through it rather than seeing it as a picture postcard cut out image. I also want to instill this feeling of constant change and movement in my paintings.  They are begun in a loose, freely drawn calligraphic way using a series of marks, stains and shapes made with a wide variety of brushes, roller, scraper, sponge, etc.  The final image is slowly extracted in a playful, organic way using overlaid marks and glazes to express qualities of nature such as mood, light, colour, movement, atmosphere, space etc. 

David Wiseman
David Wiseman, Woodland Water, near Abergavenny,  acrylic,  2016,  102 x 76

I am attempting to find equivalents for the landscape in the physical qualities of paint, in order to express a feeling of flux in nature. I want the paintings to be intriguing, tantalising and ambiguous held between the plastic qualities of the paint and all the celebratory  magical illusions and evocations of the depiction of nature.

David Wiseman
David Wiseman, Woodland Water Brownsea Island,  100 x 76,  acrylic , 2016

Je réalise les œuvres sur toile à l’atelier, mais je travaille aussi en extérieur sur papier. Ma peinture s'inspire de paysages ou d'événements particuliers, en recourant aux dessins, aux photographies et aux souvenirs. L'arbre, qui revêt beaucoup d’aspects dans mes peintures, est souvent utilisé en contraste avec les rivières et les ruisseaux qui ont dominé mon travail récent. La relation entre l'arbre, complexe et dense, la rive bordée de buissons de la rivière, et la lumière et le mouvement fluides de l'eau constitue une part importante de mes peintures.

Elles commencent à la façon d’un dessin calligraphique, libre et ample, en utilisant une série de signes, de taches et de formes faits avec une grande variété de brosses, de rouleaux, de grattoirs, d'éponges, etc. L'image finale s’en extrait d'une manière ludique et organique, par signes et glacis superposés, pour exprimer des qualités naturelles comme l’ambiance, la lumière, le mouvement, l’atmosphère, l’espace, etc. Je cherche à trouver des équivalents du paysage dans les qualités physiques de la peinture, afin d'exprimer un sentiment de flux dans la nature. Je veux que les peintures soient intrigantes, séductrices et ambiguës, tenues entre les qualités plastiques de la peinture et toutes les illusions et les évocations magiques et festives du portrait de la nature


The Arborealists at Waterstones Piccadilly on Friday 28th October 2016

The Art of the Tree

on Friday 28th October 2016, 06:30 pm

Join members of the Arborealist group on Friday 28th October 06:30 pm at Waterstones Piccadilly bookshop to discuss their work and the significance of trees in their art. 

The Arborealists: The Art of the Tree

To look inside the book,
please click on the cover image above

Waterstones Piccadilly
London - Piccadilly
203/206 Piccadilly
London, W1J9HD

Sansom & Co
81g Pembroke Road
Bristol BS8 3EA

128 pages, over 70 full colour illustrations, including works of :

Jemma Appleby, Mary Anne Aytoun-Ellis, Jo Barry, Richard Bavin, Philippa Beale, Mick Bennett, John Blandy, Karen Bowers, Guillaume Brandy, Brandy-Dalschaert, Robert Brooks, Hannah Brown, Emma Buckmaster, Peter Clossick, Gary Colclough, Tim Craven, Blaze Cyan, Francis Dalschaert, Celia De SerraSimon Dorrell, Michelle Dovey, Janet French, Sarah Harding, Dan Hays, Fiona Hingston, Abi Kremer, Ffiona Lewis, Hannah Maybank, Fiona McIntyre, Wladyslaw Mirecki, Annie Ovenden, Alex Pemberton, Julian Perry, Howard Phipps, Michael Porter, Nick Schlee, Lesley Slight, Angela Summerfield


The Arborealists at Vaux

The Arborealists visit Vaux
to prepare future exhibition near Poitiers in July 2017

From 14th to 16th October, a group of Arborealists visited the village of Vaux and its area, near Poitiers, France.

Their purpose was to collect images of trees for paintings to be exhibited at Le Dortoir des Moines, Saint Benoit, near Poitiers, France in July 2017.

Saint-Benoit Abbey
near Poitiers

Les Arboréalistes visitent Vaux
et préparent leur future exposition à Poitiers en juillet 2017

Du 14 au 16 octobre un groupe d'Arboréalistes a visité le village de Vaux et sa région afin de collecter des images d'arbres en préparation de leur exposition au Dortoir des Moines de Saint Benoit en Juillet 2017.

Arborealists and their friends
at Francis and Guillaume studio in Couhé

The old bridge at the village of Vaux
upon the river "La Bouleur"

Philippa Beale presenting her work
'Chemin de Croix' or 'Stations of the Cross'
at the XII th. century Church of the Virgin at Vaux

Carved corbels called "modillons"
on the facade of the church of Vaux

The river "Le Clain" at Anché