David Inshaw


Never and Always

Recent paintings and works on paper

Wednesday 22 July – Saturday 12 September 2020

We are delighted to welcome back David Inshaw, the consummate painter of the English landscape, peopled by dreamlike figures, birds and animals. Called ‘perhaps the greatest living proponent of the English Romantic tradition’ (Spectator), Inshaw invokes the powers of the night, the moon, trees, bonfires, fireworks, the sea, birds, animals, men and women and ancient landscapes to create his intensely personal paintings.

David Inshaw’s new paintings are shown below. Please contact us on gallery@sladersyard.co.uk or phone 01308 459511 to enquire about a painting, drawing or etching or an invitation to the opening afternoons with David Inshaw on Sunday 26 July and Wednesday 5 August.

David Inshaw’s paintings are in oil on canvas unless otherwise specified and are presented beautifully framed with museum-quality glass. The sizes shown are canvas sizes. Framed sizes are available.

View David Inshaw’s stunning new Giclée prints, which can be ordered by post and many of which are in stock, mounted and wrapped in the gallery. 

‘A great pastoral painter and visionary, that rare kind of artist who appears perhaps once or twice in a generation and illumines the world in a new way.’ Andrew Lambirth Guardian

Another England How David Inshaw changed the Landscape of Art Guardian October 2015

‘His landscapes are haunted. You tap into their strangeness on a sensual level: you can feel it in the mood, in the poise, in the light. It pervades the atmosphere as surely as the smell of dew pervades the dawn. The profoundly familiar is made, at the same time, so alien, so otherworldly. Inshaw belongs to a great tradition of English Romantics: he awakens our perceptions to the possibilities of a miracle. No wonder the first time I saw him he had his head in the clouds.’ Rachel Campbell-Johnston, Art Critic The Times (from her foreword to David Inshaw’s 2013 Sladers Yard solo show catalogue).

From one of David’s collectors on receiving his painting: ‘I am thrilled to have this wonderful work. It resonates with me in its summation of eternal thoughts and dreams. It is a beautiful painting, a poem in oil. In charting his own life experiences through his extraordinary talent David has succeeded in connecting with the lives and thoughts of others who share his passions and interests, and who have watched enthralled as he taken us on the journey of his life. I hope he has many more works to come.’

Please do get in touch if you are interested in buying or commissioning a David Inshaw painting. The original paintings shown below were part of a group show over Christmas 2019. Both are oil on canvas, framed. Email us on gallery@sladersyard.co.uk or phone +44 (0)1308 459511 if you would like a notification when David Inshaw’s new paintings go up online and an invitation to the opening of his solo exhibition this June.

David Inshaw grew up in Biggin Hill, close to Samuel Palmer’s Shoreham.  He studied at Beckenham School of Art and the Royal Academy Schools, with a six month scholarship to study in Paris, before he started to teach painting and printmaking at the West of England College of Art in Bristol.  In 1975, with Peter Blake and five others, he formed the Brotherhood of Ruralists, who devoted themselves to painting subjects drawn from nature and English mythology and literature. Inshaw came to prominence in the seventies and has been painting his mysterious captivating paintings ever since. One of his most famous paintings, The Badminton Game, was acquired by the Tate in 1980. His work is in many other public, private and corporate collections worldwide. He lives in Devizes.

One of Inshaw’s seminal places is West Bay which he has been visiting since the sixties. In 2007 he showed an extraordinary collection of major West Bay paintings in the then very new Sladers Yard art gallery.  In 2013 he returned with another exceptionally powerful solo show, bringing together the themes of a lifetime. David Inshaw’s work is always available from Sladers Yard.

A fully illustrated 48pp catalogue from David Inshaw’s 2013 Sladers Yard solo show, Pyrotechnics, with a foreword by Rachel Campbell Johnstone, is available at £5 plus £1.99 p&p within UK. 


David Inshaw’s new signed, limited edition (plus some open edition) giclée prints can be bought at Sladers Yard and over the phone (t: 01308 459511) or via email gallery@sladersyard.co.uk. We are happy to ship prints. View prints.

Please call 01308 459511 or email gallery@sladersyard.co.uk with any enquiries.

4 Responses to David Inshaw

  1. Pingback: night and light and the half light | Sladers Yard

  2. Caroline prestwich says:

    Do you have any David Inshaw paintings for sale? price & availability. Also are you planning any more exhibitions of his work?

  3. Pingback: Dream Visions recent paintings by Alfred Stockham, David Inshaw, Simon Garden, Stewart, Geddes, Stephen Jacobson and George Tute opens Saturday 7 November | Sladers Yard

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