David Poxon – a craftsman painting the work of craftsmen

Killing Time smallI first interviewed David Poxon in 2005 for my online Watercolour Course.
David was born in the Industrial heartland of England, but now makes his home in the rural countryside of Shropshire.

Over the years he has won many awards and accolades for the precision and craftsmanship of his paintings. In 2008 he won the Still Life prize at the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours ( R.I.) exhibition at the Mall Galleries, London and in May 2010 was elected a full member of the exclusive R.I.The Day is done
His work has been exhibited at the Mall Galleries London, Bankside Gallery London, Royal Birmingham Society, The Royal Cambrian Academy, BirminghamMuseum and ArtGallery, and many regional public and private galleries in the UK, Europe, China, and the U.S.A.  He is the author of two books on drawing techniques, which were released worldwide in 2008, and has contributed many articles to the Art Magazine press.

windowPainting in pure watercolour medium he uses a painstaking multi glazing technique, with sometimes up to 17 layers of transparent paint, each in turn delicately modulating the colours beneath. There is no white paint used at all in any of his works preferring instead to preserve areas of the natural paper, his paintings can take many weeks in the making.

A recurring theme in his work is the reclamation by nature of that which man has created and abandoned, finding renewed life between object and environment. David says,

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“I love to zoom in on abandoned corners or overlooked machinery, and am continuously drawn to things that have worked hard for a living. These objects and scenarios seem to imbue something of the men that created them. Not just content to make things that were fit for purpose they also harbour a living character and aesthetic harmony which is both joyous and soulful. To capture the reality and essence of these places and things as nature reclaims them for her own I consciously leave nothing out, and put nothing in, that is not there. I do this out of respect for those that have enriched our world with their astute craftsmanship.”

See more of David Poxon’s work on his website.

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