David Gainford was born in South Africa and came to England with his parents at the age of four. When David was nine, he won two silver medals in a national competition for drawings of a magpie and the leaves of a plane tree. At 14, he won a scholarship to art school where he was tutored in drawing by John Pisani. David was very fortunate to have the opportunity of working in the studio of Robert Lenkiewicz in Plymouth as a pupil for some time, gaining invaluable experience in the process.
He has also produced work for many international companies over the years and for some time assisted on the selection committee for the Design Council and the Chartered Society of Designers, of which he is a fellow. David is particularly interested in the painting techniques of the old masters and has copied many of them and now gives lectures and demonstrations on how they worked.
Inevitably, David has been influenced by all these experiences, and these landscapes from the south of France combine draughtsmanship and colour with his unique style of brushwork.