Summer Meeting : My Week in View
20th May 2014 Posted in: News 1

Exhibiting as part of an Artist’s Open House event this week has been a very special experience. Meeting and talking to people who have come to see the art and the artist is something I do not take for granted. Communication is always an issue with art, which is in essence a wordless medium and […]

A Room With A View : My Week in View
12th May 2014 Posted in: Abstract Paintings, Dance Paintings, Drawings, News 0

This weekend and next I am showing work in a beautiful late Georgian London house with large, light rooms. Most people still acquire artworks for their immediate surroundings and it is always good to see paintings hanging in a great domestic space. The quality of light really affects the perception of a work and every […]

Dulwich Festival : Artist Open House
8th May 2014 Posted in: News 0

Hosted by : Margi Woolford 204 Peckham Rye SE22 0LU Internationally acclaimed artist David Cottingham will show his much sort after landscape-inspired Abstract paintings together with his stunning Dance work. The ever-popular Dance Drawings will also be available in a variety of media, including unframed originals and prints. Not to be missed ! OPEN BOTH […]

The Eyes Have It : My Week in View
6th May 2014 Posted in: Dance Paintings, Drawings, News 0

I love to photograph and draw the eyes. The power of eye contact is in our DNA, they are truly the gateway to the soul. When you first learn to draw portraits you are always taught not to begin with the eyes, for good reason, they have a direct power which should not be ignored, […]

The Sun is God : My Week in View
25th Apr 2014 Posted in: News 0

“the Sun is God” are said to be the moving last words uttered by Joseph Mallord William Turner, in my opinion the greatest painter these islands have ever produced. It was his birthday this week, which amazingly he shares with Shakespeare and St Georges Day. Quite a trinity! Our family moved to Margate on the Kent […]

1914-2014 : A Century in View
20th Apr 2014 Posted in: Abstract Paintings, Dance Paintings, Drawings, News 0

We are currently surrounded by a stream of media memories of the outbreak of the  first World War. My own father, born in 1901, was just too young to serve in that war but he was to serve with honour in the Desert Campaign of the next. Through him and his generation’s life and memories our […]

Matisse the Master : My Week in View
18th Mar 2014 Posted in: Dance Paintings, Drawings, News 0

For as long as I can remember Matisse has been, with Picasso, the defining inspiration for creative modern artists. He hovers above us always out of reach as both painter and sculptor of genius. One of my personal claims to fame was that I was alive before he died in 1954, when he was in […]

Whistler in the Darkness : My Week in View
5th Mar 2014 Posted in: News 1

I am member of the Chelsea Arts Club, a wonderful institution founded in 1891 by the painter James McNeill Whistler. He is, I think, still an underrated artists who influenced many and fought the battle for modernism, nearly ruining himself in the process. His famous “art for arts sake” dictum, his linking of painting with […]

Bowie to Rodin, Mythologies : My Week in View
25th Feb 2014 Posted in: Dance Paintings, Drawings, News 0

Bowie: Art’s survivors are a special breed, not just the classics but those artists who continue to be relevant throughout their lifetime and beyond. This week I was again working on lyrics for a song with composer Thol Mason on the theme of Icarus and myth of human flight, while also pondering the lyrical genius […]

Life Class : My Week in View
9th Feb 2014 Posted in: Drawings, News 0

I was taken by friends to the play Calendar Girls this week and in the play the characters have to be semi-naked on stage, which is very brave of the actors, as is all performance in public that calls for revealing the unclothed body. Kenneth Clark wrote brilliantly about the difference between the naked and […]