WHO IS DAVID NASEBY?
Abstract Landscape Artist & Contemporary Portrait Painter
…but to be so determined for so long not to compromise his
art and finally deliver what properly reflects his view of the
landscape – which has us in its care, and receives so little
care in return – says a great deal about this man’s
determination and his courage.
– Julian Beaumont, Chairman of the Macquarie Bank Art Collection
David Naseby’s passion for capturing the essence of the Australian landscape lay at the heart of his transition from his celebrated position as a contemporary portrait painter of high-profile individuals to his current exploration of man’s relationship with his environment.
Born in England, David studied at the Northampton College of Art before migrating with his family to Brisbane in 1953. After completing his studies at the Brisbane School of Arts, he carved out a successful career in the advertising industry and eventually moved to Sydney. His first foray into portraiture came when advertising entrepreneur John Singleton commissioned him to paint a portrait of Belinda Green an action that eventually led to his turning his attention to serious painting. His most recent focus has been a series of figurative paintings demonstrating man’s relationship with the environment
David’s work is represented in collections in Australia, the USA and the UK. He was a finalist in the Archibald Prizes of 1995, 1998, 1999 and 2003. His portraits of Les Murray (twice) and Bob Ellis; the National Portrait Gallery has acquired his portraits of Bob Ellis, Max Cullen, Les Murray and Geoff Cousins.