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David Holliday

David Holliday

About the artist

David Holliday has been working as a professional artist for just over 20 years.  He is best known for his twilight cityscapes, rugged landscapes and more illustrative images of wildlife.

Using his preferred medium of watercolour, David has a distinct, bold style. 

With the use of intricate line work and fresh, rich colours, he manages to capture a jewel-like quality to his paintings.  

David has a BA Hons in design and illustration.  This can be seen in his well-balanced compositions and meticulous detail.

 The creative process.

Before starting a new painting David visits the place or subject matter that interests him. This can vary greatly from an old industrial site to a city centre, or perhaps a trip to the Farne Islands to study the wildlife.  While on location David takes his time to absorb the atmosphere of the place. Did it feel lonely, exciting, brooding or tranquil? Once the mood has been established, David paints several small studies hoping to find the right colour combination to reflect this.

Photography plays a large part in the creative process. David takes multiple shots of the scene from different angles, hoping to find an unusual composition. Using the best of this photographic reference as a guide, David then creates a detailed drawing.  At this stage, he strips away elements that do not compliment the image. For example modern cars, temporary signs, badly positioned people or animals. This drawing becomes the framework for the final painting.

A great deal of patience is required to do the final artwork as this sometimes takes up to 6 weeks to complete.




 

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David Holliday

Allen Banks

In this image, there is a man crossing the bridge with his two dogs. Having discovered that he had ..

£199.00

David Holliday

Beneath Tyne Bridge

David was captivated by the large girders and rivets that support the underside of Tyne Bridge. The ..

£79.00

David Holliday

Craster Harbour

This is a limited edition print of Craster which was produced from an original watercolour. The boa..

£109.00

David Holliday

Dean Street

David tries to find unusual angles and viewpoints of well-known scenes within Newcastle – Upon – Tyn..

£79.00

David Holliday

Dean Street Decent (LARGE)

David was drawn to the wide variety of structures that can be seen from this viewpoint. Many of them..

£199.00

David Holliday

Durham Cathedral

This is perhaps one of the most iconic views of Durham Cathedral. Standing on the banks of the River..

£249.00

David Holliday

Durham Market Place

David was born in a village near Durham and has fond memories of visiting this place. The statue in ..

£199.00

David Holliday

Edinburgh Castle

This is a limited edition print produced from an original watercolour. It depicts the grandeur of E..

£79.00

David Holliday

Emerald Skies - Bamburgh

Inspired by the colours of winter and by star filled skies. This dramatic, moonlit scene features th..

£199.00

David Holliday

Hadrian's Sheep

David has captured these two sheep clambering over the remains of Hadrian’s Wall at W..

£249.00

David Holliday

Hexham

Looking back from a field on the edge of the town, this image features three of Hexham’s oldest stru..

£249.00

David Holliday

High Tea at Grey's Monument

The statue of Earl Grey looks down over Newcastle from his high perch. Adding to a collection of New..

£79.00

David Holliday

Jesmond Dene

This is a limited edition print from an original watercolour of the beautiful Jesmond Dean, New..

£149.00

David Holliday

Lumos - Alnwick Castle

The knotted, twisted trees and the floodlit castle create a magical atmosphere in this wintery scene..

£199.00

David Holliday

Morpeth Clock Tower

The medieval clock tower at Morpeth is the focal point of this Northumbrian town. David chose to pai..

£79.00