David Royle was born in Manchester and after a few years moved, with his family, to Blackpool on the
Lancashire coast. Eventually he made his own move south to study Fine Art at the Central School of Art &
Design in London. While still studying at the Central School he established his own studio in west London,
where he continued to work after graduating.
His paintings are noted for their distinctive colour, energy and complexity. Often working on a large scale, they
constantly re-invent themselves, sometimes developing through a series of related images. They are ambitious
in their colour construction, their range of allusive imagery and their spatial inventiveness.
He has shown regularly in London and elsewhere in the U.K. and in Switzerland. His work has also been
included in many mixed exhibitions and art fairs and has been featured and reviewed in the art press, the
national press and on radio and television. It is included in several private and corporate collections at home
and abroad and in several British public collections, among which are: the Arts Council, the British Museum and
Chelsea & Westminster Hospital.
In addition he is also an experienced Art School lecturer, teaching first at Winchester School of Art and then at
Croydon College, Central Saint Martins College of Art and Kingston University. He has also lectured on colour at
1966-1969 Central School of Art & Design, London - Fine Art, Painting.
The British Museum, The Arts Council, Chelsea & Westminster Hospital, and Corporate and Private Collections
in Great Britain, Switzerland, Austria, France, Italy, Canada and the U.S.A.
1998 Set of Collage Drawings for the refitted "Edinburgh Castle" cruise liner.
1975 Large Foyer Painting and a Suite of Ten Etchings for the Albany Hotel,
1974 Two privately commissioned Ceiling Paintings, Ampthill, Bedfordshire.
1991 Wingate Scholarship, given for one year.
1968 Llewelyn-Smith Prize, Central School of Art & Design.
Selected Bibliography & Media
2009 llustrated catalogue, 2009 Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy of Arts,
2006 One of "The best-kept arts secrets in Britain", The Observer, Sunday 17th
2001 Developed a CD Rom and VHS tape for Early Years Education in Art, in
collaboration with the PM Gallery.
2001 Illustrated Catalogue for Pitshanger Manor Gallery Exhibition.
2001 Interview & Review of Pitshanger Manor Gallery Exhibition - Sky East,
digital T.V., April.
1998 Listed in "The Dictionary of Artist in Britain since 1945" Ed. David
1996 Interviewed in Studio as part of "A.S.Byatt: A Curious Mind" for "Bookmark"
on BBC 2 Television, Dir. Mike Dibb.
1995 Interview with Rosemary Simmons for "Printmaking Today" quarterly
magazine, November issue.
1993 Preview of Gallerie Thurnherr Swiss Exhibition by Sabine Greiser in
November issue of "Bodensee Hefte" magazine, Switzerland.
1992 Interview and Review on BBC Radio 4’s "Kaleidoscope", 6th March.
1992 Monograph Feature by Susan Loppert in "Artline" magazine, Spring issue.
1992 "The Ambition of Art" - monograph feature by A.S.Byatt in The Independent
Saturday Magazine, 22nd February.
1990 Listed in the "Dictionary of British Twentieth Century Painters and
Sculptors" Ed. Frances Spalding.
Selected Solo Exhibitions
2016 Prelude & Fugue: ten paintings for Nancy, Beardsmore Gallery, London.
2014 David Royle & Bruce Russell, two one-man shows, Beardsmore Gallery, London.
2013 The City Paintings, PM Gallery, London
2007 Paintings: Beardsmore Gallery, London.
2004 Inside Out: new paintings, Beardsmore Gallery, London.
2001 Pitshanger Manor Gallery, London: Selected Paintings - a major review.
1997 Beardsmore Gallery, London.
1996 The Space, Isle of Dogs, London.
1994 Beardsmore Gallery, London.
1993 Gallerie Thurnherr, Au S.G., Switzerland.
1992 Beardsmore Gallery, London.
1992 Woodlands Gallery, Blackheath, London.
1989 Minories Gallery, Colchester.
1984 Woodlands Gallery, Blackheath, London.
1983 Grundy House Gallery, Blackpool.
1975 New 57 Gallery, Edinburgh.
1971 Winchester School of Art Gallery, Winchester.
Selected Group & Mixed Exhibitions
2014-2007 London Art Fair, with the Beardsmore Gallery.
2010 WINTERFLORA, Beardsmore Gallery, London
2009 The Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition, London.
2006 Small is Beautiful XXIV - Flowers Central, London.
2006 To the Edge - Beardsmore Gallery, London.
2005 Hunting Art Prizes - R.C.A.Galleries, London.
2004 London Contemporary Art Fair, with the Beardsmore Gallery.
2003 Hunting Art Prizes - R.C.A. Galleries, London.
2002 Ten - Anniversary Exhibition, Beardsmore Gallery.
2001-1994 London Contemporary Art Fair, annually with the Beardsmore Gallery.
2000 Druks, Royle, Temple, Wylie - Beardsmore Gallery, London.
2000 Hunting Art Prizes - R.C.A.Galleries, London.
1999 The Discerning Eye - Mall Galleries, London (Invited Artist).
1996 Off the Peg: Art to Go - Woodlands Gallery, Blackheath, London.
1996 Preview Exhibition - The Space, Isle of Dogs, London.
1995 Looking Up, Looking Down - Beardsmore Gallery, London.
1995 Graphik & Multiples - Thurnherr Gallerie, Au S.G., Switzerland.
1995 Art Market - Woodlands Gallery, Blackheath, London.
1994 Da Capo: Seven Gallery Artists - Thurnherr Gallerie, Au S.G.,
1993 New Etchings by Twelve Artists - Beardsmore Gallery, London.
1993 David Royle: Pastels + Bob White: Works on Paper - Beardsmore
1992-1993 Winter "Revolving" Exhibition - Beardsmore Gallery, London.
1992 Etching: One Man’s View, selected by Norman Ackroyd - Beardsmore
1988 Thriving on Chaos: Art to Go - Sue Williams Gallery, London.
1988 Modern Miniatures - Hepsibah Gallery, London.
1987 Christmas Exhibition - Cahill & Grebler Gallery, London.
1983 Royle, Clarkson, Ambler, Close: Four Artists - Aspex Gallery, Portsmouth.
1976 The Language of Drawing - Winchester Gallery, Winchester and P.C.L.
1974 Industrial Sponsors Exhibition - Grosvenor House Hotel, London.
1974 John Moores Exhibition 9 - Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool.
1971 Art International - Winchester School of Art Gallery, Winchester.
1967 John Moores Exhibition 6 - Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool.