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Fine Art graduate launches new exhibition ‘EMPIRE’

Since graduating in 2001 David Wightman has become well known for his imaginary landscapes. This month we finally get to see David’s work stand alone in the Long & Ryle gallery in London as he launches his new solo exhibition.


Having launched on 12 October EMPIRE will run until 11 November 2016 featuring over a dozen new paintings, which combine waterfalls, mountains, lakes and valleys to form landscapes that David describes as being “idealised and impossible”.

The surfaces of David’s intensely-coloured acrylic paintings are made from meticulously hand-cut collaged wallpaper using a technique similar to marquetry. Each painting is painstakingly collaged, crafted and painted over a period of several weeks.

Cherie Federico, editor of Aesthetica Magazine, said of his work: “You must spend time with Wightman’s paintings; on the surface they are beautiful and intricate, and like the layers they are made from, there is so much depth to his work”.

The Fine Art graduate has received widespread attention for his unique style, featuring in Harper's Bazaar, The Guardian, The Telegraph, The Financial Times, and Money Week. He has also been commissioned by English Heritage and Arts Council England, and in 2014 he collaborated with fashion label Akris for their Fall/Winter 2014/15 collection.

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