David Remfry, MBE RA (b. 1942)

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).

David Remfry, MBE RA (b. 1942), Spenser, 2009


Watercolour and graphite
22½ x 30 in (57 x 76 cm)

Collection: The Artist until 2017.

Exhibited: Pallant House Gallery David Remfry: We think the World of You, 2015.

Literature: David Remfry We think the World of You – People and Dogs drawn together, Royal Academy of Arts 2015, repr. p. 7.

Spenser is a West Highland terrier who belonged to the celebrated pianist Bruce Levingston, a fellow resident of Remfry’s at the Hotel Chelsea in New York . This is one of a series of drawings done by the artist over a ten year period, which were brought together in a publication and exhibition in 2015 entitled We think the World of You.

David Remfry is a long-established Royal Academician, who has had over fifty solo exhibitions, including shows at the Contemporary Art Center P.S.I. New York, The Boca Raton Museum of Art, Florida, the Victoria and Albert Museum, The Fitzwilliam Museum and the Ferens Art Gallery,Hull.

Until recently the artist lived at the famous Chelsea Hotel in New York and he was awarded the M.B.E. for services to British Art in America.

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