Born 1947, the son of a Methodist minister, David was
educated at Kingswood School, Bath and Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge.
He was apprenticed as a (block) printmaker to artist Graham Clarke
1965-68. He studied etching at Falmouth School of Art under Bryan Ingham
after he had travelled in Italy where he sold his first drawings (1966).
He married Linda Exall in 1970 and they have two sons, a daughter and
six grandchildren. A qualified architect, he practised in Worcester
1972-1980. In partnership with Michael Westby he opened his own gallery,
framed, in Friar Street, Worcester in November 1979. Upon
Michael's retirement in 2000 the gallery became Birties of Worcester.
In June 2013 the gallery closed so that Linda might retire.
Since his first exhibition, in Greenwich, 1970, his work has appeared in
galleries up and down the land, in his own exhibitions and with
societies such as the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours and
the Society of Architect-Artists of which he was a Fellow. David has
undertaken commissions for many distinguished clients and his
watercolours have been reproduced as cards (Lance Ranson), prints (Rosensteil's)
and calendars, Bemrose UK of Derby and, more recently, Rose of
Colchester, (Around Britain, Britain in Watercolour and
The David Birtwhistle Collection). Then, in 1990, Birties of
Worcester, the Birtwhistles' own publishing company, commenced
production of cards and reproduction prints. These proved very popular
and attracted an international following and increased awareness in the
original work. Commissions have included brochures for businesses and
practices, CD/record/tape sleeves, display panels and book covers. In
2001 the book The Spirit of Worcestershire was published
featuring over thirty of David's watercolour paintings. He has continued
to work with clients such as the National Trust developing his
depictions of historic architecture and landscape. An Honorary Fellow of
the University of Worcester, David's other interests have included the
Elgar Birthplace Trust (House Committee), Swan Theatre Worcester Ltd
(Board), Abbeyfield Worcester Ltd (Trustee), Headway Worcester
(President), St Johns Bell Tower Appeal (Patron), Pershore Arts
Association (Patron), Worcester Snoezelen Project (Trustee) and
energetic veteran membership of Worcester Rowing Club.
David Birtwhistle's work is to be found in one royal and many public and
private collections throughout the world.