David Goatley- Guest Artist 2018
Short Bio - David Goatley
David Goatley, SFCA was born in an attic – a garret if you like – in London, England so he seemed destined to be a painter. Falling in love with Rembrandt at the National Gallery sealed his fate. He studied at Camberwell School of Art at the height of abstract expressionism before beginning a 16-year career in advertising. He began as an illustrator, became a designer, then a copywriter – ending as a partner in a small London agency.
His distinctive approach to composition and fluid brushwork have won him over 375 portrait commissions to date in the USA, Canada, Central America, the UK, Africa and India. His subjects have included Princes, a Duchess, a Maharaja, a Baron and a Bishop as well as a Prime Minister, a Speaker, a Premier, 5 Lt. Governors (a vice-regal appointment in Canada), other leaders in business, academia, and the arts.
In addition, David has also painted several large-scale works for churches, private homes and public spaces, his latest being a 16’ x 56’ mural for a heritage theatre featuring 34 portraits of the cast and crew from previous productions. He is also enjoying an ongoing commission to paint sketch portraits for the Vancouver Bar Association featuring Justices of the Supreme Court of BC, Presidents of the Law Society and many leading lawyers. David paints equally adeptly from life or from his own photographs, depending upon his client’s wishes.
Bateman described him as “A truly fine painter in the Sargent style who works with confidence and grace and a true respect for the quality of the paint”
On painting, David says:
When I think about what I do, every portrait seems like a fresh journey, a voyage of discovery, as I am privileged to explore the uniqueness of others. Portraits have absolutely nothing to do with vanity and everything to do with the value of each and every one of us. Dr. Johnson said: ‘ portrait painting is a reasonable and natural consequence of affection’
I can only agree - and who is not worthy of being recorded in that spirit? "
Although a busy portrait schedule has limited his time for a gallery career, David has been fortunate to be able to travel fairly widely. He finds the architecture and scenery of different countries is always stimulating but its the people and how they live he is drawn to paint; these pictures make up most of his subjects for galleries.
David’s Solo exhibitions have included ‘Stagestruck’ a series about the backstage world of theatre music and dance, ‘Into the light’ an exploration of contemporary Christian themes, Oil and Water’ an exhibition of portraits and other works, ‘A journey to India’ his response to travels there and ‘My London’ a celebration of his original home. He has been a prize winning participant in many group shows and events and has shown in galleries from Vancouver to New York City.
David was a founding member of the Canadian Institute of Portrait Artists and was elected a senior signature member of the Federation of Canadian Artists in 2002.,awarded their prestigious Early Achievement Award for gaining international recognition in a relatively short time (2006) and Distinctive Achievment Award (2014). He is proud to be a ‘Painter at Painters’ and a member of the Portrait Society of America.
David loves teaching and does so whenever his schedule allows.
On art, David offers this thought:
"When civilizations collapse, when Empires are gone and the speeches and those who made them are footnotes and the politics are a memory, what is left behind is the art that gave those cultures their identity. Art matters. It is all those who will follow us will have of who we were. "