David Body studied Illustration at Twickenham College and worked for various London design agencies before moving to Caithness with his wife Sally in 1977 to set up the Scarsferry Pottery and then the John o’ Groats Pottery and Gallery. In 2012 David decided on a change of direction and moved to Inverness to concentrate on his paintings. The Highland landscape, and particularly that of Caithness, is his main source of inspiration. Those who are familiar with the Caithness landscape will instantly recognise its distinctive elements in David's paintings of croft houses, harbours and sheep. He works from memories of places he has visited to create abstracted designs with carefully considered angular compositions and strong colour combinations. Collaged elements within some of the paintings, including David's own creative writing, add new evocative layers of meaning. He usually paints with acrylic on canvas or paper but has recently also been using acrylic with collage on paper.
'Mindscapes - From Reality to Abstraction', 6-28 May 2022
We would be very grateful if paintings purchased could remain on display in the gallery for the duration of the exhibition.