David Dalzell

Website: http://www.daviddalzell.co.uk

Email: info@daviddalzell.co.uk

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Ecstatic Rainbow, photography and relief paint, 52x52cm (framed)

Where the Bloody Hell Are Ya? Prize winning entry for Darwin Visual Artist members' Climate Exhibition, 2020, pen and ink,27 x 23 cm (framed)

She Brings Fire With Her, pen and ink, 29 x 23 cm (framed), inspired by climate change, and aboriginal myth of red-tailed black cockatoo bringing signs of dry season

Touched with Fire, pen and ink, 29 x 23 cm (framed), inspired by climate change, and aboriginal myth of red-tailed black cockatoo bringing signs of dry season

Bass Rock study I, Pen and Ink, 23 x 29 cm (framed), inspired by the atmosphere and en plein air painting of East Lothian landmark

Paired with Gold, pen and ink, 30 x 38 cm (framed), Oystercatchers


David Dalzell is a visual artist, working mostly in paint, ink and photography. The foundations of David's self-taught artistic development were formed whilst living and practicing in Edinburgh, Scotland, for over 20 years.

David has now fully committed to his artistic career, travelling internationally, and gaining further inspiration for his artwork from various cultures. To accomplish this goal, David has had to develop his entrepreneurial spirit, and link this to his artistic practice.

"As a trained biological scientist, I am very conscious of our environment, and the impact we are having on the planet's climate". Many of David's pieces reflect, and draw inspiration from the natural world. Human impact and environmental awareness continue to compliment his work, both in inspiration, and also in finding ways to couple his artistic style to practicing in more environmentally sensitive ways, by up-cycling/re-imagining found, or unwanted material.

David enjoys wandering from one medium to another. From playing with the gentle flow of ink into watercolour, to the physical movement of the camera whilst capturing an image, and to the controlled detail of pen and ink.

"I am currently obsessed with detail, and pen and ink has been my preferred first choice for a few years now. The work often becomes meditative in practice".

David's artwork is being shown, and sold in Scotland, England, New Zealand and Australia, and can be found in private collections internationally.

David is a member of both the Darwin Visual Artists Association and the Society of Scottish Artists.


David has a background in biology as well as graphic design, having researched and worked at Napier University, Edinburgh, as well as transitioning his career into visual design and communication later in NHS Scotland. This helped combine his research and graphic design skills.

Self-taught as an artist, David decided in 2016 to shift focus further, and commit totally to the pursuit of art, as well as travel internationally to develop as an artist.

David lived in Scotland for 20 years, and this has shaped his artistic style greatly. Travelling and showing his work internationally, David still supplies Scottish galleries with new work.

David is a founder member of Edinburgh's Art & Craft Collective, and his network of galleries includes Edinburgh, East Lothian and Dumfries & Galloway.

Past exhibition venues in Edinburgh venues have included WASPS, Stockbridge, Adam House on Chamber Street and Amber Arts on Montrose Terrace.

David was a past member of Dalkeith Arts, whilst living in Newtongrange, Midlothian.

David's first solo international exhibition was held in Lacenas, near Lyon, France over the Bastille weekend of 14/15 July 2012. Exhibitions and showings have now grown to include Norfolk, England, Darwin, Australia and Takaka, South Island, New Zealand.

David has exhibited within the Royal Scottish Academy, as part of the Society of Scottish Artists, in 2012, and is also a prize winner as part of the Darwin Visual Artists Association Climate exhibition, 2020.