David Shutt

"David Shutt is an artist of passionate integrity who revels in the beauty of appearances. He sees painting as a process of identification and revelation rather than dry classification; and as a way of apprehending the world.

"Though there is a scientific precision and intellectual rigour to the artist's research, and an undeniably serious intent, the work is essentially celebratory rather than analytical. His paintings and drawings are descriptive of Shutt's experience of looking at the world, and the pleasure he takes in it."

(c) Andrew Lambirth


1964 Foundation Course, Manchester College of Art

1968 B.A. First Class Honours in Fine Art, Leeds University

1979 H.D.P. (SLADE) Higher Diploma in Painting (Postgraduate) Slade School, University College, London

Primary influences during formal education from personal tuition: 

L S Lowry RA, Euan Uglow, Patrick Symons RA, Patrick George, Sir William Coldstream, Sir Lawrence Gowing RA, Quentin Bell, Adrian Henri, Norman Norris, Ken Kiff RA, Dennis Creffield, Stass Peraskos, Terry Frost. 

Academic & Creative Appointments

2006 Residency at the Neapolis Print Workshop (associated with the University of Aristotle), Thessalonika, Greece

2005 Resigned from University work to devote all hours to painting

1993 – 2005 Head of Art Department and Reader in Painting, Director of Programmes BA and MA in Fine Art and PhD supervision, Canterbury Christ Church University (NB This was a research appointment in which the artist was given a purpose built studio, with models' heating and fees included) 

1993 – 2005 External Examiner and Validator of Undergraduate and Postgraduate Programmes at Scarborough University, Greenwich University, City and Guilds School of Art London, Chichester University, University of Hull, Worcester University, University of York, and PhD supervisor for The Royal College of Art. 

1989 - 1993 Senior Lecturer in Painting, Liverpool Hope University

1979 – 1989 Permanent Artist in Residence, Design Department, London College of Communications. Artists Studio, heating, models' fees and workshop facilities provided. During this period elected membership of: 

The London Group

The Manchester Academy of Fine Art

The Wirral Society of Artists

1968 – 1979 Professional artist living in London and North Wales and occasional visiting lecturer in painting and drawing in London's Art Schools (The Slade School, Chelsea School of Art, Hornsey School of Art, The Byam Shaw School of Art, Heatherley's School of Art) also Leeds University Fine Art Department and Buckinghamshire University. 

1970 Lecturer in the History of Art in the Design School of The London College of Printing