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David Inshaw


Silbury Sunrise

SHOWING NOW: Prints and Drawings

20 March – 8 May 2021

Dorset and Wiltshire Stories

We are delighted to represent David Inshaw, the consummate painter of the English landscape. Called ‘perhaps the greatest living proponent of the English Romantic tradition’ (Spectator), Inshaw invokes the powers of the night, the moon, trees, bonfires, fireworks, the sea, birds, animals, men, women, children and ancient landscapes to create his intensely personal dreamlike paintings.

David Inshaw’s paintings can be viewed via the link below. Please contact us on or phone 01308 459511 to enquire about a painting, drawing, print or Giclée print.


A great pastoral painter and visionary, that rare kind of artist who appears perhaps once or twice in a generation and illumines the world in a new way – for those who are prepared to look. William Blake, Samuel Palmer, Paul Nash and Stanley Spencer are among his progenitors. Inshaw paints the landscape and the figure with imaginative intensity, and his pictures are rich with personal memories and associations.


Another England How David Inshaw changed the Landscape of Art GUARDIAN, October 2015

David Inshaw grew up in Biggin Hill, close to Samuel Palmer’s Shoreham.  He studied at Beckenham School of Art and the Royal Academy Schools, with a six month scholarship to study in Paris, before he started to teach painting and printmaking at the West of England College of Art in Bristol.  In 1975, with Peter Blake and five others, he formed the Brotherhood of Ruralists, who devoted themselves to painting subjects drawn from nature and English mythology and literature. Inshaw came to prominence in that period and has exhibited widely and painted his mysterious captivating paintings ever since. 

One of his most famous paintings, The Badminton Game, was acquired by the Tate Gallery in 1980. Inshaw was represented by Waddingtons in London until 1998. Since then he has been exhibited at Agnews, the Fine Art Society and most recently the Redfern Gallery. His work has been included in numerous major Arts Council touring exhibitions and museum shows throughout his career. In 2019, Looking Back, Looking Forward a major retrospective of his paintings was held at the London Art Fair in the Saatchi Gallery, London. He has featured in a number of television films including Arena in 1984 and Hidden Paintings in 2011. His work is in many public, private and corporate collections worldwide including His work is in the Arts Council Collection, Bristol Museum and Art Gallery, the British Council, the British Museum, The Government Art Collection, The Victoria Art Gallery, Bath, the Royal West of England Academy, Bristol, Tyne and Wear Museums, Tate and the Wiltshire Museum as well as many of the finest private art collections in this country and overseas. He lives in Devizes.

David Inshaw has seen West Bay and its environs as a place of inspiration since the seventies. His two famous Cricket Ground paintings are set at Little Bredy, just up the road. In 2007 he showed an extraordinary collection of major West Bay paintings in the then very new Sladers Yard Gallery.  He has showed in various group shows here with a second solo show in 2013. In 2020, his third solo exhibition, included over forty fabulous oil paintings. In 2021 we will show his prints and drawings.

Never and Always

A fully illustrated 40pp print catalogue of the exhibition


A fully illustrated 48pp catalogue from David Inshaw's 2013 Sladers Yard solo show


58pp perfect bound paperback book. Poems by Peter Robinson. Paintings by David Inshaw. Published by Two Rivers Press. £15.99 + p&p.

His landscapes are haunted. You tap into their strangeness on a sensual level: you can feel it in the mood, in the poise, in the light. It pervades the atmosphere as surely as the smell of dew pervades the dawn. The profoundly familiar is made, at the same time, so alien, so otherworldly. Inshaw belongs to a great tradition of English Romantics: he awakens our perceptions to the possibilities of a miracle. No wonder the first time I saw him he had his head in the clouds.

RACHEL CAMPBELL-JOHNSTON ART CRITIC, THE TIMES  (from her foreword to David Inshaw’s 2013 Sladers Yard solo show catalogue).

I am thrilled to have this wonderful work. It resonates with me in its summation of eternal thoughts and dreams. It is a beautiful painting, a poem in oil. In charting his own life experiences through his extraordinary talent David has succeeded in connecting with the lives and thoughts of others who share his passions and interests, and who have watched enthralled as he taken us on the journey of his life. I hope he has many more works to come.

From one of David’s collectors on receiving his painting.