Born in 1957, David Smith is a Scottish contemporary plein air landscape artist. The palette and inspiration for his work is taken from the seaboard and landscape of Scotland. Although predominantly a self-taught artist, he has studied at various colleges including the Glasgow Print Studio, Glasgow College of Building and Printing, Glasgow School of Art and Latrobe University, Melbourne, Australia.

A past member and President of The Glasgow Group of Artists, he was elected a member of the Royal Scottish Society of Painters in Watercolour (RSW) in 2011. He was elected member of RSW council in 2013. Smith has shown at The Royal Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts (RGI), The Royal Scottish Society of Painters in Watercolour (RSW), The Royal Scottish Academy (RSA) and The Paisley Art Institute (PAI) annual exhibitions and has won various prestigious awards.  In 2016 he became an Elected Member of the Council for the Scottish Artist’s Benevolent Association.

His work is found in private, corporate and public collections throughout the UK and abroad.


2018 Fabriano Residency Award, RSW Annual Exhibition
2017 Paisley Art Institute 129th Annual Exhibition – House for an Art Lover Award
2015 The Rendezvous Gallery Artist in Residence Award, RSW 134th Annual Exhibition
2014 By Distinction Art Award, PAI 126th Annual Exhibition
2011 James B. Curr Award, PAI 123rd Annual Exhibition
2010 The Adam Award, PAI 122nd Annual Exhibition
2010 Shortlisted for The Inverarity One To One Travel Award, RGI 149th Annual Exhibition
2009 Winsor & Newton Award, RSW 129th Annual Exhibition
2001 David Cargill Prize, RGI 140th Annual Exhibition

Solo Exhibitions

2016 Lime Tree Gallery, Long Melford
2015 Lime Tree Gallery, Bristol
2014 Roger Billcliffe Gallery, Glasgow
2013 Crinan Hotel & Gallery, Crinan
2013 Lime Tree Gallery, Long Melford
2012 Lime Tree Gallery, Bristol
2012, Glasgow
2012 Crinan Hotel & Gallery, Crinan
2011 Lime Tree Gallery, Long Melford

Selected Group Exhibitions

2019 Thackeray Gallery, London
2016 RSW, Lime Tree Gallery
2005 – 2015 RSW Annual Exhibition
2005 – 2015 PAI Annual Exhibition
2014 Glasgow Group, Lillie Art Gallery, Milngavie
2011 – 2015 Scottish Show, Panter and Hall, London
2001 – 2013 RGI Annual Exhibition
2007 – 2010 RSA Annual Exhibition
2004 – 2008 Glasgow Group, Royal Scottish Concert Hall
2001 Glasgow Caledonian University

Group Exhibitions

Thackeray Gallery, London,
Lime Tree Gallery, Bristol & Long Melford
Roger Billcliffe Gallery, Glasgow
Red Rag Gallery, Cotswolds
John Green Fine Art, Glasgow
The Edinburgh Gallery, Edinburgh, Glasgow Gallery
Heinzel, Aberdeen
Lemond Gallery, Glasgow
By Distinction Art, Glasgow
Tolquhon Gallery, Aberdeenshire
Smithy Gallery, Blanefield
20:21 International Art Fair, London
AAF, Stockholm, Sweden
AAF, Hampstead, London
AAF, Battersea, London
AAF, Chelsea, London
AAF, Bristol
Cambridge City Art Fair, Cambridge
Alberto Villa Casanova, Lucca, Italy


Fielden House, House of Lords, London
Glasgow Caledonian University
Fyfe, Miller, Becket & Jackson, Glasgow
The Law Society of Scotland
The Swiss Consulate, Edinburgh


2016, Feature Article, The Artist Magazine (June issue)
2009 Cover, ‘Gaelic Language and Economic Development’, J. Kirk & D. O’Baoill
2008 ‘The Glasgow Group, 50 years of Scottish Art’
2007 Featured artist, ‘The lnternational Artist’, Aug/Sept


RGI, The Royal Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts
RSW, The Royal Scottish Society of Painters in Watercolour
RSA, The Royal Scottish Academy
PAI, The Paisley Art Institute

Workspace - David Smith RSW