Incredibly detailed drawings and etchings produced in the traditional way by this Ceredigion based artist.
David Beattie is an established artist and etcher with over twenty five years professional experience behind him. He mainly works using the acid etching process in which he has developed an international reputation for his skill and attention to detail. He also uses other media from time to time, including watercolours, gouache, pen and ink, acrylic , wood carving, ceramics and more recently welded metal sculpture.
His etchings depict a wide range of subjects including rural landscapes, carousel horses, livestock and market character studies and in the last few years Hares. His work has found places in galleries across Britain and abroad as well as the Royal Academy Summer Shows and Christie\\\'s Contemporary Art Catalogues. All his etchings are produced in his own studio/gallery using traditional Intaglio printmaking methods which have remained unchanged in over 400 years.
David was born in Nottingham in 1955, following his A-Level studies he went on to study art and design at Loughborough College of Education from 1974 to 1977 where he was introduced to various media.. ceramics, sculpture, and original printmaking processes.. such as screenprinting, linocut, lithography etc...
It was during this time that he first developed an interest in the traditional copperplate acid etching process which he went on to choose as the preferred medium for his work.
After leaving college, deciding that being an artist took precidence over being an art teacher. He briefly worked for the civil service (H.M. Customs & Excise) before deciding to pursue a career as a professional artist in 1980 (the year he married Annette) specialising in etching. Throughout the 1980\\\'s he developed a reputation for himself as a highly skilled etcher and had his work accepted to numerous art galleries and catalogues. His influences during this period included sixties pop art and culture, Pablo Picasso, Henry Moore and Samuel Palmer.
In 1988 David and his young family moved to Llandygwydd, a small, quiet village near Cardigan in West Wales. David found the countryside and rural way of life presented him with a wealth of possible subject matter for his work as well as providing the ideal environment in which to work and raise his daughter Hannah and later two additions ..Heulwen (known as \\\"The Frog\\\") and Rhys (\\\"The Boy\\\").
The move also gave David the opportunity to establish his own private studio. Previously it had always been the spare bedroom of the houses he and Annette had lived in. Renovating the garage of his house produced both a working space and a permanent display area in which visitors could both view the works and him at work.
The large garden that came with the property allowed David and Annette to house a number of suitable \\\"subjects\\\" for his work and currently the garden population comprises of 6 cats, 6 Ducks, 1 Goose, and 5 chickens. The fresh eggs are always a welcome addition to the family diet.
Today David sells much of his work directly through his own studio/gallery and by exhibiting with the Pembrokeshire Craftsmen\\\'s Circle and at various craft and agricultural shows in Wales, which also provide him with much of the inspiration for his work.