David Shutt

The single most formative influence on David Shutt's life was visiting L S Lowry at his house, which was near his family home, a number of times around 1960 as a school boy. The large “Ebbw Vale” painting was in progress on the main easel in his front room. It was Lowry who first made David Shutt aware that one could be an artist and encouraged him to bring some of his paintings to his house and talked to him about them.

Born in West Kirby, The Wirral, in 1945, David Shutt followed Lowry's advice and applied to do the Manchester Foundation Course (1964) and was taught by Adrian Henri who was his tutor. Henri was very supportive but Shutt was particularly predisposed by Lowry to respond to the aesthetics of the Euston Road School whose ex-teachers and pupils he met as an undergraduate at Leeds University (1968) in Quentin Bell and Lawrence Gowing and as a post-graduate in William Coldstream and Euan Uglow at the Slade (1979).  It was there Shutt also met Patrick George and Patrick Symons, both substantial influences on his work. The most particular and focussed teaching he experienced however was from Norman Norris.

After leaving the Slade, Shutt became a visiting tutor at a number of London art schools but continued to work from the figure in a studio made available for ten years at the then London College of Printing at the Elephant and Castle. Euan Uglow used to call in on his way to the Slade every week and look at Shutt's current painting.

It was from Patrick Symons and his extraordinarily personal approach to art education that Shutt was able to apply to his own work and teaching, which led to him becoming Head of the Art and Design Department at Canterbury Christ Church University. The need to develop his own work and continuing professional practice as an artist were absolutely homogeneously welded together: the one informed the other which eventually led to him resigning in order to devote all his time to painting.

Shutt moved to Greece and lived there for ten years, devoting himself fully to his practice. He has recently spent increasingly more time in the UK, in Cornwall and Kent.

One person exhibitions

1984    Brunel University Gallery

1985    The Axis Database:  Featured One Person Digital Exhibition

1986    Leeds University Gallery

1986    High Wycombe Gallery

1987    Histon Gallery, Cambridge

1991    Nimbus Gallery, Liverpool Hope University College

1992    Emmanuel College Gallery, Cambridge

1993    The Exhibition Hall, Senate House, Liverpool University

1993    The University of the Arts, London Galleries

1997    Harper College Gallery, Chicago, USA

1999    Williamson Art Gallery, Birkenhead

2002    Jill Yakas Gallery, Athens

2002    Hellenic Centre, London

2005    The Centre of Hellenic Tradition, Athens, Greece

2006    The Pegasus Gallery, Plaka, Athens

2007    Jill Yakas Gallery, Athens

2017    Lands of Goddess and Myth, Felix & Spear, London (catalogue)

2018    Recent Paintings: Trees, Felix & Spear, London (catalogue)

Selected group exhibitions

1970s/80s  Whitechapel Open, Whitechapel Art Gallery, London

1982           Hayward Annual ‘British Drawing’, London

1985           National Portrait Gallery Imperial Tobacco Award

1988           Beaumaris Arts Festival (first prize)

1980s/90s   Aberystwyth Arts Centre, Wales Open Art Show; Manchester Academy of Fine Art Annual Exhibition; Royal Academy Summer Show, London

1999           The Importance of Drawing, Canterbury City Art Gallery, Kent

1990s/00s  The Sydney Cooper Gallery Exhibitions, Canterbury

90s-Pres     The London Group Exhibitions, London and Europe

2009           The Municipal City Art Gallery, Corinth, Greece

2017           The London Group: Viewpoints, Felix and Spear, London

2017           Summer Show, Felix and Spear, London


Public collections
Leeds University, Leeds
The Williamson Art Gallery, Birkenhead
Harper College, Chicago
London College of Communications, London
Deutsche Bank (from Grimshaw Associates) (stolen), London
Emmanuel College Cambridge
East Kent Health Authority
Canterbury Heritage Museum
Contemporary Arts Society of Wales, National Collection of Wales, Cardiff
Municipal Workshop Printmaking Collection, Neapolis, Thessalonika, Greece

 

Works in private collections throughout Europe, USA, Australia, Japan and South Africa

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