David started his working life in engineering, during which time he met the sculptor John Jennings later becoming his assistant. He went on to change career and do a Fine Art degree at Staffordshire University and continued his studies at the Frink School of Sculpture doing a postgraduate course in figurative sculpting. He now lives and carves on the South Coast of England, close to the quarries where he personally sources his materials.
His work references classical antiquity and renaissance concepts of humanism and the beauty of form. He is famous for his ‘Emergence Pieces’ where the figure reveals itself from the chiselled stone. David says of his work, ‘Carving limestone is like carving through time, slowly revealing the sedimentary layers of this Jurassic rock which was laid down 600 million years ago under the sea.’ He has held regular exhibitions in London and in 2007 showed his work at the V&A. In 2010 he was elected a member of the Royal British Society of Sculptors (ARBS) and the Society of Portrait Sculptors (SPS), winning the ‘Freakley Prize’ for outstanding portraiture at the Cork Street show.