Harold David

Biography

Harold David is a multidisciplinary artist who draws his inspiration from life, his personal feelings and the universal field.

After establishing himself as one of Australia’s premier portrait photographers, Harold turned his focus to painting. “I have been painting since the age of 12. Growing up in America with a single mother who worked night shift in a factory, I used this time sneaking into her make-up bag and using her nail polishes as paint,” he says. “Now in my 50s I have mustered up enough courage to share my love of painting with the public.” His first solo exhibition for his painted works in October 2019 was a sold out show. When asked about his process he explains, “I put paint on the brush and I have faith and do it. As an Abstract Surrealist I apply pure automatism and invent my own figurative universes. I work in a spontaneous and fluid way and I don’t take into account coherence and sense.” There’s a sense of pure freedom in the work that’s universal and poignant.

Harold David’s photographic exhibition practice includes solo shows: Uniform World and Tracksuits of St Marys, Penrith Regional Gallery; Fujieda City Museum and Hakusan Citizen’s Arts Centre, Japan; Surface, Sydney Fringe Festival; Texas Trailer Park and Rapture, Rubyayre Gallery; Runway, Australian Centre for Photography, Others, Art Gallery of NSW, Garage Barbershop, Blacktown Arts Centre and Survey, Day Fine Art. His portrait of Bob Hawke drinking a milkshake won the 2018 National Portrait Prize – People’s Choice Award.

S E L E C T E D  E X H I B I T I O N S

1998 Surface, Sydney Fringe Festival, Sydney
1999 Texas Trailer Park, RubyAyre Gallery, Sydney
2000 Rapture, RubyAyre Gallery, Sydney
2001 Runway, ACP, Sydney
2002 Others, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
2003 David vs. Megahy, RubyAyre Gallery, Sydney
2007 Tracksuits of St Mary’s, Penrith Regional Gallery, Emu Plains
2008 Tracksuits of St Mary’s, Hakusan City Museum Japan
2008 Tracksuits of St Mary’s, Fujieda Municipal Museum Japan
2009 Uniform, Penrith Regional Gallery, Emu Plains
2010 Uniform, Fujieda MunicipalMuseum Japan
2011 Uniform, Hakusan City Museum Japan
2012 Tracksuits of St Mary’s, Carriageworks, Sydney
2013 This Time Its Personal, Sun Studios, Sydney
2015 Survey, Day Gallery, Blackheath
2016 This Time Its Personal, Sun Studios, Sydney
2017 National Portrait Prize, Winner Peoples Choice National
Portrait Gallery, Canberra
2017 This Time Its Personal, Sun Studios, Sydney
2017 Garage Barbershop, Blacktown Art Centre, Blacktown
2019 Beauty and the Apocalypse, Day Gallery, Blackheath
2020 No Boundaries, Gang Gang Gallery, Lithgow
2020 Twenty/20 in One Eye, Day Gallery, Blackheath
2021 This and the Edge of the World, FoxGalleries, Melbourne
2021 Fisher’s Ghost Art Award, Finalist, Campbelltown Art Centre
2021 SubTerrane, Mr Mintys, Sydney

A W A R D S  &  C O L L E C T I O N S

2017 National Portrait Prize, Winner Peoples Choice National Portrait Gallery, Canberra
2021 Fisher’s Ghost Art Award, Finalist, Campbelltown Art Centre

Full CV

Harold David