A Tradigital Painter
David Cowell was born and educated in Torquay and has spent most of his life in Devon. After a five year apprenticeship in joinery was completed in 1956, he had a short mandatory spell in the Royal Air Force Police.
In 1970 he was successful in gaining a place at St. Luke’s College, Exeter, and now part of the University, to study for a teaching qualification in Fine Art.
In 1983, at the start of a government initiative to introduce computers into education, David was seconded from his post as a Deputy Head teacher at Kingsteignton, to develop the skills of teachers in the use of new technologies. David has a life- long interest in painting and visual arts and naturally started to explore the possibilities of making marks on a computer screen, well before other well- known artists
David has been at the forefront of digital art technology for over 29 years and his work is a symbiosis of modern technology and years of puritan traditional painting skills.
David’s work never ceases to arouse conversations and questions. His unique “Chorratinta” pictures blend a highly original force of the artist’s freehand and the benefits of a computer, resulting in masterful composition and sensual colour.
With many examples of his work hanging in numerous homes in the UK, USA, Australia, Canada and New Zealand, David’s paintings have won several awards over the years.
This small selection of his work is intended to show the versatility of the medium and the possibility of responding to many stimuli without the restrictions of traditional materials.
By focusing his artistic creativity on the digital medium David is attempting to maintain the human element in technological progress.