David Tress

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Born: London, 1955

Tress studied at the Harrow College of Art and Trent Bridge Polytechnic, Nottingham. In 1976 he moved to Pembrokeshire. He taught history of art at the University College of Wales Aberystwyth and since the early 1980s has earned his living as an artist. He has also served as a member of the Welsh Arts Council.



Selected Exhibitions

‘New Paintings’, Beaux Arts Bath (2002 – 2018)

Chasing Sublime Light Touring Exhibition, Arts Council of Wales (2008 – 2010)

Messums, London (2011 – 2016)

Boundary Gallery London (1995-2011)

West Wales Arts Centre Fishguard (1984 – 2011)

Albany Gallery Cardiff (1993 – 2011)

Victoria Gallery Bath (2010)

Critic’s Choice, the Art Shop, Abergavenny (2006)

Landscapes of Wales, National Botanic Gardens of Wales (2006)

The Discerning Eye, Mall Galleries London (2003, 2005)

Denbighshire Arts Travelling Exhibition (2005)

Drawings Travelling Exhibition incl. National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth

Midlands Arts Centre, Birmingham, Guildhall Gallery, London (2003 – 2005)

Farming and the Welsh Landscape, the Royal Welsh Agricultural Society (2004)

Oriel Plas Glyn-y-Weddw, Llanbedrog, Gwynedd (1988-2001)

Museum of Modern Art, Wales (2001, 2003)

Hereford City Art Gallery (2003)

Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, Swansea (2001)

Garter Lane Arts Centre, Waterford, Republic of Ireland (2000)

British Library, London (1999)

Mountain, Wolverhampton Art GAllery (1999)

Landmarks, National Museum of Wales (1998)

Invited Artist, Eigse Carlow Arts Festival, Republic of Ireland (1998)

Five Artists from Wales, Eleonore Austerer Gallery, San Francisco (1993)



The National Library of Wales

National Museums and Galleries of Wales

The Guildhall Art Gallery, City of London

Clare Hall, Cambridge

The Museum of Modern Art, Wales

The Contemporary Art Society for Wales

Pembrokeshire Museums

Ceridigion Museum



Welsh Artist of the Year Drawing Award (2006)

The Discerning Eye Regional Prize for Wales (2003)

Wakelin Award (2001)

W C W James Lauditory Award (1999)

D & AD ‘Yellow Pencil’ award for Millennium Stamp (1999)

Selected Press

The Spectator (18 Nov 2006)

The Times (2 Feb. 2005)

The Spectator (22 Jan 2005)

The Times (3 Dec 2003)

The New Welsh Review (Spring 2003)

BBC Radio Wales (‘First Hand’ 9 July 2002)

HTV (‘River Patrol’ 21 August 2000