David Sayer
David Sayer

Artworks available to view in Sydney

David Sayer has been a practicing artist for over thirty years. Born in Sydney, he trained at the UNSW College of Fine Arts as a painter and is represented in public and private collections both in Australia and in Europe.

Through the textural layering of paint, David explores the play of light and colour in the urban environment. He explores the busy inner-city environment, areas often overlooked as transient and creates focal points for memory or nostalgia. His images find creative form in capturing a disappearing landscape in a modern developing world.

David has had numerous solo and group exhibitions and has twice been included in the Salon Des Refuses, the alternative Archibald and Wynne Prize Exhibition. He has been a finalist in national exhibitions in Townsville, Sydney, Melbourne and Perth including the Mosman and Australian National Maritime Art Prize.

My work contains the urban spaces and ground that is often seen as something that is unimportant. Streets, old buildings, railways sidings and areas that are travelled through by busy people rather than dwelt upon. Areas that have a history that reveal a time passed. Through painting I explore this space and the interplay of light and colour. The love of texture in both mediums characterizes the work and provides a vehicle for this direction.


Professional Experience

1983-87 BACHELOR OF EDUCATION (ART), Sydney College of Advanced
Education (City Art Institute)
New South Wales Institute of the Arts
1993 MASTER OF FINE ARTS University of New South Wales

Selected Exhibitions

1993 Arthaus Gallery, Sydney
1993 Dublin Regional Gallery, Ireland
1994 R.A.S Exhibition Sydney
1995 Campbelltown Regional Gallery
1995 Martin Hanson Art Awards
1995 Calvary Art Exhibition, Sydney
1996 PCL Exhibitionists, Sydney
1997 Salon Des Refuses, SH Erwin Gallery, Sydney
1997 Redlands Westpac Art prize
1997 PCL Exhibitionists, Sydney
1997 Mosman Art Prize
1997 Fischers Ghost Regional Exhibition, Campbelltown
1998 Untitled Gallery Sydney
1998 PCL Exhibitionists, Sydney
1999 Victorian Contemporary Art Exhibition
1999 PCL Exhibitionists, Sydney
2000 Jill Richards Gallery Sydney
2001 Salon Des Refuses, SH Erwin Gallery, Sydney
2004 BTAC Exhibition, Newcastle
2008 Styles Grove Exhibition, Newcastle.
2008 Small Works Show, Brunswick Street Gallery Victoria
2008 He Who Explores Exhibition – Walker St Gallery, Victoria. Finalist
2008 Townsville Open Art Award. Perc Tucker Regional Gallery. Finalist
2008 Blacktown City Art Exhibition . Finalist
2008 ANL Maritime Art Prize. Victoria: Finalist
2008 9 x 5 Exhibition. Walker St Gallery, Victoria .
2008 ‘Under 500’ Gardner Galleries. Victoria
2011 Art2Muse Gallery, Double Bay
2011 Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick, Sydney
2012 Art2Muse Gallery, Double Bay
2013 Art2Muse Gallery, Double Bay
2014 Art2Muse Gallery, Double Bay
2015 Art2Muse Gallery, Double Bay
2017 Art2Muse Gallery, Double Bay



1992 Mercedes Benz Art Awards, Highly Commended
1994 RAS Second Prize

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