Remfry, studied at Hull College of Art from 1959 to 1964 before moving to London. His first one-man show was at the Grafton Gallery in 1973 and in the USA at the Ankrum Gallery, Los Angeles, in 1980. He has exhibited regularly since then in galleries across the USA. Solo museum shows in England include the National Portrait Gallery and the Victoria and Albert Museum, London. Many exhibitions of his work have been shown in Holland and Germany. He lives and works in London and New York. Awarded the MBE in 2001, Remfry was elected Royal Academician in 2006.
David Remfry lived in New York – for many years at the Chelsea Hotel. Dancers are a particular subject of his and an exhibition of that name was held at the Boca Raton Museum of Art, Florida, in 2002 and subsequently toured, among other places, to the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, and the Ferens Art Gallery, Hull (city of the artist’s birth).