David Brooke attended Yeovil School of Art (1972-75) and Hull College of Art (1975-78), where he obtained a BA (Hons) in Graphic Design. David is a Past President (2000-06) and past Hon. Treasurer (1995-2000) of the Society of Graphic Fine Art. He is also a member and regularly exhibits with the South West Academy of Fine and Applied Arts, the National Acrylic Painters’ Association, the Society for Art of Imagination and the Bath Society of Artists. For three years (2002-04) David was the Arts and Administration Manager of the Yeovil Arts Centre, and for four years (2005-08) he was employed by the Octagon Theatre, Yeovil, as their Visual Arts Co-ordinator.
Themes for David’s paintings often originate from mythology, although interpreted and embellished by his imagination, sometimes the pictures create the feeling of myth or folk-tale although not based on any actual story. There is often something of a humorous or quirky nature about his work. His earlier works are oil paintings on either board or canvas; in 1994 he changed to acrylic paint first on canvas and more recently on paper. During his career David has produced numerous pen and ink drawings and occasionally he works with oil pastels, and more recently has been producing a number of coloured pencil drawings.
His paintings have been shown at numerous open exhibitions including Royal Institute of Oil painters, London, United Society of Artists, London, and the Royal West of England Academy, Bristol. With the Society of Art of the Imagination he has exhibited in New York and Miami. David has had 16 One Man Shows and 8 Two or Three Man Shows.