David is the Editor of The Jackdaw, a satirical paper he started from scratch and produces single-handed and has established a reputation as an art world maverick. He has written and spoken about the art establishment which he sees as corrupt and biased against figurative art and has established a reputation for harsh but fair criticism. He enjoys working with under privileged people and strives to enthuse others to derive the enjoyment from art he has himself experienced for forty years.

Born in Manchester, David has lived in London for over thirty years. He was educated at Nottingham University and the University College in London where he studied the History of Art. He also spent a year studying in Venice as part of the Guido Farina Scholarship.

David has written extensive articles on art and photography for the national broadsheets and magazines both at home and overseas and he remains a regular contributor of essays to the photography journal Ag. He has also lectured and tutored in photography at The Royal College of Art and was the Editor of Art Review for over eight years.

He has also acted as an adviser on several TV programmes and series for BBC and ITV including a major contribution to The Francis Bacon Documentary. He is a regular contributor to various news programmes on a range of topics including Damien Hirst, Warhol, Charles Saatchi, The Arts Council, Art Theft, The Turner Prize and Renaissance Art. David was also on the judging panel of the BBC2 series ‘Show Me the Monet’ which ran for two series.

David has judged many national and local art competitions including the Nat West Prize, William James Award (Fishguard), Leeds Castle Landscape Competition, Hunting Prize and the National Print Exhibition. He has selected for The Discerning Eye Exhibition at the Mall Galleries in London, The Royal Watercolour Society Awards and has acted as a panellist in Turner Prize debates.

Other credits include organizing several major exhibitions and writing numerous art catalogues on subjects ranging from contemporary and historical photography to living painters and sculptors. David also gives regular lectures and corporate talks on “The Visual Arts”.