A Common Sense of Place
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"