David Remfry’s artistic career spans more than 30 years. A figurative painter born and trained in England, and now living in New York, Remfry has a long-established reputation as a draftsman and watercolorist, having had over 50 solo exhibitions in Europe and America including solo exhibitions at P.S.1 Contemporary Arts Center, New York City, a Museum of Modern Art affiliate (Curated by Alanna Heiss), the Boca Raton Museum of Art, Florida, the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge and the Ferens Art Gallery, Hull.
Remfry works almost exclusively in watercolor, but not in the conventional way of small, polite landscapes. His watercolors are large; some single-figure pieces are practically life-size, and his subjects are decidedly urban.
David Remfry studied at Hull College of Art from 1959 to 1964. Remfry had his first solo show in London in 1973 and has since had more than 50 international solo exhibitions. His first show in the United States was at the Ankrum Gallery, Los Angeles in 1980. He has exhibited regularly since then at galleries in New York, Los Angeles and Florida and in 2002 had a solo exhibition at P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, NY, Museum of Modern Art affiliate, which was curated by Alanna Heiss and Daniel Marzona. Solo museum shows in England include the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, Ferens Art Gallery, Hull, (1975 and 2005) Middlesbrough Art Gallery, the National Portrait Gallery and the Victoria and Albert Museum, London. He has exhibited many times at galleries in Holland and Germany.
Remfry was elected a member of the Royal Watercolour Society in 1987. In 2001 he was awarded the M.B.E. for services to British Art in America by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. In 2006 he was elected a Member of the Royal Academy of Arts, London and in 2007 he was invited to receive Honorary Doctorate of Arts by the University of Lincoln.