David Willis is a British born contemporary painter.


He uses an array of physical methods of paint application in order to create a surface dynamism that resonates across the painting. Utilising colour theory, in combination with the intensity of mark making; elements of the piece are pushed towards the viewer. The effect of which creates the illusion of pictorial depth, the viewer is drawn into the image and asked to explore the inner landscape.

This key of creating a physical space through using an abstract painterly language is the objective the artist battles to achieve throughout.


The paintings have no set formula to their creation. During their making, a dialogue is formed with the painting; the back-and-forth with the artist informs the development of the composition. The end goal being to find the solution to resolve the image, where nothing more can be further added or removed.



Inspired by Exotica music, and pulsing with movement, Willis’ work demands engagement.