About David

David is an artist and writer, born Yorkshire, 1960. After studying fine art in London, he became a full-time artist living in London, Gloucestershire and more latterly Devon where he met his wife Becky, a specialist educator in the field of autism. The couple moved back to Yorkshire in 2001 to set up David Stead Gallery which has since been the principle outlet for David’s work. David Stead Gallery also exhibits work by painter, Neil Bolton and the renowned Devon based ceramicist Colin Kellam.


After working in the same studio above DSG for 15 years David recently moved to a larger space at the beautiful Norton Conyers House about four miles outside Ripon. This allows him to work on a more ambitious scale and also gives him a teaching space.

“Much of my work over the past few years has been project based with many paintings following a theme such as the ‘River Ure Project’ which follows the river from source to sea, ‘A Summer’s Lease’, documenting life at Norton Conyers, the self explanatory ‘London Waterways’ and ‘In The Footsteps Of Turner’ which is now part of a television series for German production company Gerbrueder Beetz called ‘Vistas of Longing, Artists and their Landscapes”.

David’s writings on the River Ure Project and other themes can be found on the literary web magazines ‘Caught by the River’ and ‘Island Review’, in print at ‘An Antidote to Indifference’, and they have been serialised in The Dalesman magazine.

You can keep up with latest news and events HERE too.


Working in partnership with trusted framers, David Stead Gallery offers an extensive range of frames and mounts to suit personal requirements for drawings, watercolours and oils. Prices are extremely reasonable.


David’s exhibitions include,

At David Stead Gallery:

2017 In The Footsteps of Turner 3 (Vistas of Longing, Artists & Their Landscapes)

2016 A summer’s Lease

2016 In The Footsteps of Turner 2

2015 Limited Edition Prints on canvas

2014 River Ure Project 2

2013 River Ure Project 1

2012 In The Footsteps of Turner

2011 From Coast To Coast (Joint exhibition with Neil Bolton)

2009 Pictures of People

2008 Paperworks #3

2008 Out of Mind

2007 Western Isles

2005 Dales Year

2004 Paperworks #2

2002 The Mathew Series

2002 Paperworks

2001 Opening Show


Shows at other galleries:

2015 David Stead On Tour at The Barn Gallery, Nun Monkton, York.

2014 David was chairman of selectors for the Great Northern Art Show.

2014 Sleningford Tutors Exhibition – Zillah Bell Gallery, Thirsk

2013 Sleningford Tutors Exhibition – Zillah Bell Gallery, Thirsk

2009 Great Northern Artspace (one man show)

2004 S.A.I. Gallery, New York

2001 ArtCo, Leeds

2001 Coves Quay Gallery, Salcombe

2000 ArtCo, Leeds

2000 Coves Quay Gallery, Salcombe

1999 Coves Quay Gallery, Salcombe

1999 Ariel Centre, Totnes (One man show)

1998 Thompson Gallery, Stow-on-the-Wold & London

1998 Coves Quay Gallery, Salcombe (One man show)

1997 Henry Brett Gallery, Stow-on-the-Wold

1997 Coves Quay Gallery, Salcombe

1997 Mall Galleries, London

1995 Henry Brett Gallery, Stow-on-the-Wold (One man show)

1994 Henry Brett Gallery, Stow-on-the-Wold & Baildon Inst’ Leeds

1994 Mall Galleries, London

1993 Baildon Inst’ Leeds

1993 John Parker Gallery, Gloucester

1992 John Parker Gallery, Glos’

1991 John Parker Gallery, Glos’