POOLE, David James

1931 - ?

Born at St Pancras, London on 5 June 1931, second son of Thomas Herbert Poole (28 December 1897-1978), and his wife Catherine née Lord (29 May 1897-1980), who married at Pontypridd, Glamorgan in 1929. His father was a miner from South Wales who migrated to London to find work during the depression of the late 1920's and in 1939 was a builder's foreman living at 41 Sidney Road, Ilford, Essex with his wife Catherine. Educated at Stoneleigh Secondary School and studied at Wimbledon School of Art 1945-1949 and after completing his Military Service 1949-1951, studied at the Royal College of Art 1951-1954. Lecturer at Accrington School of Art 1954-1957 followed by a position as Lecturer at Lowestoft School of Art in Suffolk 1957-1961 and was Senior Lecturer at Wimbledon School of Art until 1977 and married at Winchester in 1958 Iris Mary Toomer. In 1968 elected a member of the Royal Society of Portrait Painters and elected their President 1983-1991. In 1977 commissioned by the City of London Corporation to paint the official painting of the Royal Family Group to commemorate Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Luncheon held at Guildhall and has executed several portraits of the Queen, the Queen Mother, the Duke of Kent, Lord Louis Mountbatten and Prince Philip and many civic dignitaries including Robert Runcie (19212000), the Archbishop of Canterbury and many others. He has had One-man exhibition of Portraits and Studies at the Mall Gallery, London in 1978 and a One-man exhibition of Portraits, Drawings and Landscapes in Zurich in 1980. A diversion from his portraits in 2008 saw Poole exhibiting landscape paintings mainly in pastels at the Curwen & New Academy Gallery. He is ofter confused with the Norwich landscape artist David John Poole (1936-1995). In 2002 was living at Trinity Flint Barn, Weston Lane, Weston, Petersfield, Hampshire.




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