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David Wightman

David WightmanArtist

BA Fine Art, 2001

What made you choose Middlesex University?

I chose Middlesex University after visiting the Fine Art department with a friend on a trip to London. We wandered around the studios and spoke with tutors and students. Despite arriving late (we'd spent the entire day looking at other art colleges throughout London), the studios were still busy. I was impressed with the range of work and seriousness of the students.

What aspects of your course did you enjoy most?

I enjoyed the fact that every department interacted with each other. Within the Fine Art department, barriers didn't exist between disciplines. I was able to experiment with photography and printmaking while still spending most of my time painting.

What is a typical day like for you?

I paint every day. And usually work late. My work is very time-consuming and laborious so I try hard to be disciplined. I definitely spend an equal amount of time emailing, updating my website, scheduling meetings, and numerous other studio activities, as I do painting.

What do you find most rewarding about being an artist?

Being able to do what I love the most. My work is my ultimate concern – I feel lucky that I'm able to paint every day.

What has been your defining career highlight to date?

There are quite a few highlights I'm proud of: being selected for the Berwick Gymnasium Arts Fellowship by English Heritage, a large-scale public commission for Brighton Arts Festival funded by Arts Council England, numerous solo and group shows, and, most recently, my collaboration with the Swiss fashion house Akris.

What are the top three tips you would give to current students and recent graduates who are looking for a similar career to yourself?

Be punctual, take responsibility and get a proper website.

What one piece of advice would you give to the 17/18 year old you?

Any of the above.

What does the future hold for you?

I'm busy working on new paintings for a few different shows and art fairs. I have a few top secret plans I'm currently finalising too!

You can see David's work and read about forthcoming exhibitions at www.davidwightman.net

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