DAVID TINDLE RA HRBSA RE (Born 1932)

Clare Bridge

Signed Lower Right “David Tindle” & dated 1954

Watercolour, Pen & Ink

27 x 36.5 cm (10.6 x 14.3 ins)

David Tindle is best known for the technical accomplishment of his work in egg tempera which he adopted after seeing the frescoes of Masaccio in Italy. It is a painstaking technique using thin layers of paint to build up a painting. He is a very versatile artist and has used many mediums of paint and printmaking to depict a wide range of subjects over his career.

David Tindle was born in Huddersfield, Yorkshire on 29th April 1932 but mostly grew up in Coventry where he attended the Coventry School of Art from 1945 – 1946. Subsequently he took a job in a local commercial art studio and then started working with Edward Delaney, a theatrical scene painter, initially in Birmingham, then in 1951 in London.

At 19 he had his first one man show at the Archer Gallery, Westbourne Grove. Tindle had immersed himself in attending exhibitions, reading books and engaging in every aspect of the art world. He admired the work of John Minton whose work reflected elements of Samuel Palmer. Finding his number in the telephone book, David invited him to his exhibition to which Minton came and purchased a portrait painting cementing their friendship. Minton subsequently introduced him to artists such as Francis Bacon, Lucian Freud, John Craxton and Keith Vaughan, all much older and established than Tindle but influenced him not only stylistically and technically (as seen in his works from the 1950’s and 60’s) but also illustrated to him, the lives of serious, committed artists from which he gathered great inspiration.

This view of Clare Bridge looking towards the College behind, at Cambridge University, was shown in 1955, at the Piccadilly Gallery, Cork Street, Tindle’s first important Solo Exhibition. It is therefore an early work which was painted at the start of his career, which developed rapidly after this exhibition The fine quality of this pen and ink drawing seen with watercolour wash illustrates his talent in this medium, which later in 1985-87 resulted in taking the post at Ruskin College, Oxford University of Master of Drawing.

Between 1954 to 1989 Tindle exhibited at many Summer shows at the Royal Academy to which he was elected as a Royal Academician in 1979. He taught at the Hornsey College of Art and The Byam Shaw School of Art during 1959 – 1974, plus becoming a visiting Tutor at the Royal College of Art between 1972 – 1983. He was made a Fellow of the Royal College of Art in 1981. In the same year, he was featured with Elizabeth Blackadder, Robin Philipson and Albert Irvin in a BBC documentary “A feeling for paint, four artists and their material”.

He exhibited regularly with Fischer Fine Art during 1985 -1994. In 1986 he was commissioned by the National Portrait Gallery to paint a portrait of Sir Dirk Bogarde and again in 1990 of Lord Sainsbury.
His early work of stage design was again utilised in 1988 by the Aldeburgh festival for Tchaikovsky’s Opera “Lolanta”. From 1994 until the present day, David Tindle’s work is exhibited at the Redfern Gallery.

David now lives in Tuscany, having spent 8 years living in Brittany, France. He has been married three times and has nine children.

His work hangs in numerous major collections in the UK ranging from Huddersfield Art Gallery, (where a major retrospective of his work was held in 2016 curated by Ian Massey), Ashmolean Museum Oxford, Government Art Collection, London, The Hepworth, Wakefield, National Portrait Gallery, Museum of London, Royal Library at Windsor, Royal Academy, Royal College of Art, Tate Gallery, Ulster Museum, Belfast, Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool, Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester to mention just a few. His solo shows are equally impressive including exhibitions in the UK, Italy, Germany and the USA.