David Remfry RA (b. 1942)

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. Over the past five decades, Remfry has become known for his large-scale watercolours of dancers and his drawings and watercolours of neighbours and friends at the Hotel Chelsea in New York City, where he lived from 1995 to 2016.

Remfry’s 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 MoMA PS1, 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 an MBE for services to British Art in America, in 2006 he was elected a Member of the Royal Academy of Arts and in 2007 he was invited to receive Honorary Doctorate of Arts by the University of Lincoln. He was awarded the Hugh Casson Drawing Prize at the 2010 Royal Academy Summer Exhibition and was Professor of Drawing at the Royal Academy Schools from 2016 to 2018.

A retrospective of Remfry’s work, curated by Dr Gerardine Mulcahy-Parker, is planned for 2025 at Beverley Art Gallery, East Riding.


Royal Academician


Born: 1942 in Worthing, Sussex, England, United Kingdom

Nationality: British

Elected RA: 2 June 2006

Honorary officer: Eranda Professor of Drawing 2016 - 19 March 2018

Gender: Male

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Works by David Remfry in the RA Collection

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