David Cobley

David’s fascination with the human form began as a boy, and in his teens he began to make copies of drawings by many of the old masters. “The human form is beautiful. Hamlet was right when he said, ‘What a piece of work is a man! In form and moving how express and admirable!’ ”

His early paintings began as studies of the human form in an interior, but through the use of colour and light gradually developed into meditations on the nature of loneliness, solitude, longing and intimacy.


Seated Figure

oil on linen

36 x 36 in

(91.5 x 91.5 cm)

Private collection