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David Birtwhistle - Curriculum Vitae

 

Born 1947, the son of a Methodist minister, David was educated at Kingswood School in Bath and, after some time in Italy (where he sold his first drawings), Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge. He was apprenticed as a (block) printmaker to artist Graham Clarke (1965-68) and learned to etch at Falmouth School of Art under Bryan Ingham. In 1970 he married Linda Exall. They have two sons, a daughter and eight grandchildren. He practised as an architect in Worcester for eight years. At the end of 1979 and in partnership with another architect, Michael Westby, David and Linda opened a contemporary fine art gallery, Framed, in Friar Street, Worcester. Following Michael's retirement in 2000 the gallery became Birties of Worcester. After a third of a century, in June 2013 the gallery closed so that Linda might retire.

Since his first exhibition, in Greenwich, 1970, his work has appeared in galleries up and down the land, in his own exhibitions and with societies such as the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolour and the Society of Architect-Artists of which he was a Fellow. David has undertaken commissions for many distinguished clients and his watercolours have been reproduced as cards (Lance Ranson), prints (Rosensteil's) and calendars, (Bemrose UK of Derby and, more recently, Rose of Colchester, Around Britain, Britain in Watercolour and The David Birtwhistle Collection). Later, in 1990, Birties of Worcester commenced production of cards and reproduction prints. These have proved very popular, have attracted an international following and increased awareness of his original work.

Commissions have included brochures for businesses and practices, CD/record/tape sleeves, display panels and book covers. In 2001 the book The Spirit of Worcestershire was published featuring over thirty of David's watercolour paintings. He has continued to work with clients such as the National Trust developing his depictions of historic architecture and landscape. An Honorary Fellow of the University of Worcester, David's previous interests have included the Elgar Birthplace Trust (house committee), Swan Theatre Worcester Ltd (board), Abbeyfield Worcester Ltd. (trustee), Headway Worcester (president), St John's Bell Tower Appeal (patron), Pershore Arts Association (patron) and Worcester Snoezelen Project (trustee). He is president of Worcester Civic Society and an energetic, veteran member of Worcester Rowing Club.

David Birtwhistle's work is to be found in one royal and many public and private collections throughout the world.