David Randal Davies (who also
exhibits as David Randal) is a Welsh artist from Penclawdd,
on the Gower Peninsula.
He studied at Swansea College
of Art and later did post-graduate research at Cardiff College of
Art. He also holds a Master's degree in education from the University of Wales. For over twenty years he
was Head of Art at a large South Wales comprehensive school and also
taught extra-mural classes for the University
David has always drawn a great deal, and these studies, particularly of
people, form the basis of many of his paintings. He has exhibited at the
Wales Drawing Biennale on three occasions as well as at the Cheltenham Open
Drawing Exhibition which later toured to Berlin. In 2009 his work was selected for
the "Kyffin Williams Drawing Prize"
He has won several prizes for his paintings, which have been regularly
selected for national exhibitions such as the Singer Friedlander/Sunday Times
Competition, and the Discerning Eye both held at the Mall Galleries,
London. In 2008, his painting for the Discerning Eye
Exhibition won a prize as the best painting from Wales.
He has exhibited his paintings widely
throughout the United Kingdom,
particularly in London, and has had many joint
and solo exhibitions in Wales.
David has a number of works held in private collections throughout Europe and
"My paintings are
mainly about people and their everyday lives. Many images have
emerged from early, vivid memories of village life, singers, miners,
cockle-pickers and the estuary. Others are the result of studies made
during travels in Europe and Egypt.
However, whatever the location or subject, whatever the interpretation,
abstracted or representational, a painting is essentially a configuration of
lines, shapes and colours. The arrangement of these elements into a
coherent whole constitutes the real, rather than the overt, subject which may
have been the original stimulus."