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, 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 to reserve your place at one of the events as follows:

Event: David Inshaw and Peter Robinson

Conversation, with poetry readings from Bonjour Mr Inshaw, poems by Peter Robinson, paintings by David Inshaw. Tickets: £10. Numbers will be limited.

Saturday 5 September, 12 noon, followed by lunch. Reservations are essential for the CAFÉ SLADERS lunch.


A fully illustrated catalogue of the exhibition with foreword by Simon Rae is available at £10 plus £2 p&p and is available to download below.

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.’

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 that period and has exhibited widely and painted his mysterious captivating paintings ever since.

One of his most famous paintings, The Badminton Game, was acquired by the Tate Gallery in 1980. Inshaw was represented by Waddingtons in London until 1998. Since then he has been exhibited at Agnews, the Fine Art Society and most recently the Redfern Gallery. His work has been included in numerous major Arts Council touring exhibitions and museum shows throughout his career. In 2019, Looking Back, Looking Forward a major retrospective of his paintings was held at the London Art Fair in the Saatchi Gallery, London. He has featured in a number of television films including Arena in 1984 and Hidden Paintings in 2011. His work is in many public, private and corporate collections worldwide including His work is in the Arts Council Collection, Bristol Museum and Art Gallery, the British Council, the British Museum, The Government Art Collection, The Victoria Art Gallery, Bath, the Royal West of England Academy, Bristol, Tyne and Wear Museums, Tate and the Wiltshire Museum as well as many of the finest private art collections in this country and overseas. He lives in Devizes.

David Inshaw has seen West Bay and its environs as a place of inspiration since the seventies. His famous Cricket Ground paintings are set at Little Bredy, just up the road. In 2007 he showed an extraordinary collection of major West Bay paintings in the then very new Sladers Yard gallery.  He has showed in various group shows here with a second solo show in 2013. This, his third solo exhibition, includes three magnificent tree drawings and a powerful group of etchings based on earlier paintings of bonfires and fireworks in West Bay and Hay Bluff as well as over forty wonderful fabulous oil paintings.

Download the exhibition catalogue with foreword by Simon Rae here or order it from the gallery at £10 plus £2 p&p within UK.

A fully illustrated 48pp catalogue from David Inshaw’s 2013 Sladers Yard solo show, Pyrotechnics, with a foreword by Rachel Campbell-Johnston, art critic for The Times, is available at £5 plus £2 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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