David Remfry: A Moment Captured

A celebration of scale, colour and movement in this exhibition of watercolour paintings by renowned British painter, David Remfry MBE RA.

Remfry constantly challenges the stereotypes of watercolour painting, defying conventions of small, polite landscapes and domestic studies. His watercolours are large: some single-figure pieces are practically life-size, and his subjects are decidedly urban. Working from sketches of people dancing in clubs, bars and dancehalls, these works capture movement and intimacy on an ambitious scale. The exhibition includes work made during the 1980s, 1990s and 2000s while the artist was living in the Chelsea Hotel, New York. It also includes a selection of Remfry’s portraits, featuring famous faces such as actor Alan Cumming and fashion designers Stella McCartney and Dame Zandra Rhodes, along with many more.

This exhibition is a homecoming of sorts. While Remfry has spent most of his career in London and New York, he made his first surreptitious sketches of dancers in the Locarno night club in Hull while he was at art school there. Remfry also has an honorary doctorate from the University of Lincoln.

Exhibition is free to enter.
Open Thursday – Monday, 10am – 4pm. 

About the artist:
David Remfry MBE RA is a British painter and curator who studied at Hull College of Art from 1959 to 1964. He has an honorary doctorate from the University of Lincoln. He was Professor of Drawing at the Royal Academy Schools 2016-2018, a Judge for the Royal Academy of Arts Charles Wollaston Award 2021 and is currently judging the Royal Academy Summer Show, due to launch on 13th June 2023. 


Image credit: Dancers, 2001, David Remfry, 2001. Courtesy of the artist. Photograph by Beth Philips.