A Com­mon Sense of Place

Arabella - - DAVID GOATLEY - Alex Wright

David Goat­ley is one of North Amer­ica’s lead­ing por­trait pain­ters. Since ar­riv­ing from Eng­land in 1992, he has com­pleted more than 350 por­trait com­mis­sions all across the con­ti­nent. His sub­jects have in­cluded of­fi­cial por­traits of HRH The Duke of York KG (Prince An­drew); Prime Min­is­ter The Right Hon. Kim Camp­bell; The Hon. Gil­bert Par­ent, Speaker for Canada’s House of Com­mons; Premier Gor­don Camp­bell; Pres­i­dents of the Univer­si­ties of Al­berta and Trent ; Chan­cel­lors of Si­mon Fraser Univer­sity and the Univer­si­ties of Vic­to­ria and Saskatchewan; phi­lan­thropists Michael Degroote, Eric Char­man and Je­neece Edroff; and busi­ness lead­ers such as Peter De­vaux, for­mer Chair­man of the Woodrow Wil­son Pres­i­den­tial Li­brary. That is the of­fi­cious way of de­scrib­ing a man ca­pa­ble of putting brush to can­vas and con­vey­ing an en­tire life in a sin­gle sit­ting. The re­al­ity is far more filled with pas­sion. David ex­plains, "My fa­ther was a com­mer­cial artist and my mother fan­cied she had ‘an eye’, so I sup­pose it was in­evitable I would be­come some kind of an artist. What kind came upon me with the force of a rev­e­la­tion one af­ter­noon in the Na­tional Gallery in Lon­don, stand­ing awestruck in front of their Rem­brandts. I was 15 and sud­denly knew that, if I could, I would have to paint peo­ple, there was no choice." Born in an at­tic apart­ment, atop a large Vic­to­rian house on the edge of what was once the iconic Crys­tal Palace in Lon­don, Eng­land, David

left, Lon­don Call­ing, oil on linen, 40" x 30" above, Lee Can­telon, oil on linen, 30" x 40"

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