Painting Career:


David Napp was born in London in 1964 and trained at Canterbury College of Art. This award winning artist has been a full-time painter since graduating with a Diploma in Art and Design with first-class honours in 1985. That year he was also runner-up for the National Student of the Year award from the Chartered Society of Designers.

David has been exhibiting his work since the age of 19 and has been the subject of many one-man shows in London and throughout the UK, as well as ten shows in the USA and shows in France and Holland.

He has twice been awarded the Elizabeth Greenshield Award for young artists, both in 1986 and 1990.In 2013 he received the prestigious Pollock Krasner Foundation Award from New York. In addition David has participated in many mixed exhibitions and art fairs since 1986 including the Royal Watercolour Society, the Royal Society of British Artists, the Pastel Society, Art London, and the Affordable Art Fair.

He spent much of 2009 painting commissions on the Northern Italian Lakes for David Capewell, a NATO General who subsequently became the Chief of Joint Operations for the British Armed Forces. Following this he was commissioned to paint a 5’ x 4’ Pastel of Old College by the Sandhurst Military Academy as a celebration of their Bi-Centenary, which was unveiled by the Duke of Kent on the 13th of April this year.

He also has works in the collections of Eric Idle, Keith Chapman, Sir James Dyson CBE, James Herbert OBE, David Hufton and Michael Wolff.

In 2010 he became a member of the Chelsea Arts Club in London.

He mostly divides his time between the South of France and Italy. He is bilingual in French and fluent in Italian.

Teaching Career:


Having finshed his training in 1985, he was invited back to teach drawing on the foundation course at the Kent Institute of Art and Design at the age of 24. He continued to do so for 6 years before making the decision to move to France. Since then he has taught for numerous private institutions and art societies and has given dozens of demonstration lectures throughout the UK.

Each year he runs a project in a primary school in London, where he teaches observational drawing with pastels, with the objective of encouraging young talented children. These projects have helped them to achieve and maintain a Gold “Artsmark” from the British Council. He has also run his own summer painting courses in the south of France and in Italy for the last 12 years. Since 1988 he has written >numerous articles and demonstration pieces for national and international art magazines and has contributed examples of his work to many art tutorial publications over the last 20 years.


BornLondon 1964
TrainedCanterbury College of Art, England, 1981-1985 Graduated with first class diploma in Illustration. (CSD)
Solo Exhibitions UKBourne Gallery, London 1987, '88, '89, '90, '91, '92, '93, '94, '96, '97, '98, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2010.
Catto Gallery, London, 1997, 1999. Falle Fine Art, Jersey, 1993.
First Sight Fine Art, Bath,1998, 1999, 2001, 2009. Nevill Gallery, Canterbury, 1986, 1999, 2001. Walker Galleries, Harrogate, 1992, 1995. Llewellyn Alexander Gallery, London, 2003. Royall Fineart 2010, 2011.
Solo Exhibitions USABarnes Gallery, Greenwich Connecticut, 2000, 2001. Peninsular Gallery, 2003, 2005.
Solo Exhibitions EuropeJoint Show: Alan Barnes Fine Art, Dallas 2008. The Englishman USA Naples, Florida 2008.
2005 Jonk Museum, Holland, 2004 Niko Koster Studios, Amsterdam, 2005.
Arts Societies ExhibitorRoyal Society of Painters in Watercolour 1986. Royal Society of British Artists, 1986.
Pastel Society, 1987, 1990, 1992.
Art Fairs20th Century British Art Fair, 1988, '89, '90, '92
British Airways "Art London", 1989, '90, '91 (Olympia)
"Lineart", Gent, Belgium, 1995.
Affordable Art Fair, Battersea, London, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008. Art Expo, Jacob Javits Centre, New York 2003.
Watercolours and Drawings Fair Covent Garden, 2009.
Important Mixed ShowsW.H.Pattersons. Sally Hunter Fineart. Duncan Millar Fineart. Thompsons Gallery. Priory Gallery, John Noot Gallery.
Lecturer TutorKent Institute of Art and Design, 1988-1992
Grace Barrand Design Centre, 1999-2003. Dedham Fountain Hall 2007, 2008, 2009. Earnley Concourse 2009
Art Workshops in France and Italy, 2000- 2009.
AwardsElizabeth Greenshield's Foundation 1986 and 1990
Runner up for the Chartered Society of Designers student of the year national award, 1986
PublicationsFront cover Illustration, Akin To Love, Hodder and Stoughton, 1990
Demonstration article in Artists and Illustrators magazine,1988, Portfolio article 2009. Contributor to The Artist magazine, 1988
Contributor to Encyclopedia of Pastel Technique, Quarto Publishing, 1992
Contributor to Trees Flowers and Foliage, Batsford Press, 1994
Contributor to Pastels Workshop, Harper and Collins, 1994
Contributor to Colour, Harper and Collins, 1994
Contributor to Painting Still Life by Peter Graham, David & Charles, 2001
Front cover illustrations for Artist and Illustrators magazine, April and July issues, 1994 Front cover and four-page article in The Artist magazine in 2000 and 2009.
Two-page article in Surrey Occasions magazine, 1998
Article on Pastel in Artist International, December, 2000
Work mentioned in 1992 bestselling novel Portent by James Herbert (Hodder & Stoughton)
Introduction to 1992 Bourne Gallery Catalogue written by Eric Idle of Monty Python.*