David Sayer
David Sayer

Artworks available to view in Sydney

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

Through drawing and painting, and often exploring the use of mixed media, David is drawn to the play of texture and light in his landscapes. He explores the urban environment, places often overlooked as transient and without worth. David’s work imbues a solitude that has been a recurring theme and which continues to exert a fascination for him. His influences are those artists that have similar stillness. Edward Hopper, Russell Drysdale, artists who have worked with their surrounds as a metaphor for their experiences.
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. In the last two years, he has been a finalist in six national exhibitions in Townsville, Sydney, Melbourne and Perth including the 2008 Australian National Maritime Art prize.

David has taught art at both secondary and tertiary level and is currently working towards his PhD in Fine Arts.

My work contains the urban spaces and ground that is often seen as wasteland. Empty spaces that are travelled through rather than dwelt upon. Industrial areas, railway sidings, even the bottom of ones own yard, spaces that are moved through with little concern for the time spent. Through painting and drawing I explore this space and the figures that pass through it. The love of texture in both mediums characterizes the work and provides a vehicle for this direction.
– David Sayer

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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