David Lidbetter Biography



Born in 1962, David Lidbetter developed an early appreciation for the Canadian wilderness.

As a child the times spent traveling with his family through scenic provinces became the catalyst for his future painting career and an intensive art studio program in his formative teenage years solidified his love for art.

After many years of exploring various mediums and subject matter, Lidbetter has spent the last 10 painting highly identifiable and unquestionably Canadian landscapes in oil.

He works close to his home and studio in Ottawa, Canada in areas like Temagami, Gatineau and Algonquin Park. It is no coincidence that his work is reminiscent to the vistas explored by other landscape painters like Tom Thomson and The Group of Seven.

In fact David’s work has been recognized as highly collectable and described as “contemporary feeling Group of Seven scenes pared down to their essentials. [Where] mood seems more important than the actual details of forests, rivers and skies.”

David will spend hours and sometimes days in local forests and nearby lakes photographing, studying, sketching and absorbing the information he will later turn into larger paintings. He works primarily in oil on board and most recently has introduced casein and watercolours.

He says of his ever-evolving work “The scenes that capture me are often the ones that would immediately be overlooked by others. Something usually catches my eye, such as a change of light or a strong contrast of colour and shapes”


Solo Exhibitions

2014   Recent Works             StudioHouse PEC                  Wellington, Ontario

2013   Wanderings                Muse Gallery                         Toronto, Ontario

2012   Vision                        Terence Robert Gallery          Ottawa, Ontario

2008   Natural Silence           Terence Robert Gallery          Ottawa, Ontario

2006   Stimulus                    Rothwell Gallery                    Ottawa, Ontario

2005   Point of View             Galerie du Parc                      Chelsea, Quebec

2004   Natural Expression      Galerie Old Chelsea               Chelsea, Quebec

2004   Local Colour               Rothwell Gallery                    Ottawa, Ontario

Group Exhibitions

2014   Ottawa Art Expo                    Ottawa, Ontario

2014   Buckhorn Fine Art Festival      Buckhorn, Ontario

2014   Algonquin Art Centre             Algonquin Park, Ontario

2014   New Art Festival                    Ottawa, Ontario

2014   Love Art Fair                         Toronto, Ontario

2013   Pop-Up Gallery                       Ottawa, Ontario

2013   Boston Fine Art Show            Boston, MA USA

2013   New Art Festival                    Ottawa, Ontario

2011   The New Art Festival             Ottawa, Ontario – winner Best in Show (painting)

2011   Algonquin Art Centre             Algonquin Park, Ontario

2010   The Artist Project                  Toronto, Ontario                                           

2009   New Art Festival                    Ottawa, Ontario

2007   Art in the Park                       Ottawa, Ontario

2005   Ottawa Art Gallery                 Ottawa, Ontario

2005   Elmwood Art Fair                   Ottawa, Ontario

2005   Ottawa Art Festival                Ottawa, Ontario

2004   Elmwood Home & Art Fair       Ottawa, Ontario

2004   Art in the Garden                   Ottawa, Ontario

2004   Ottawa Art Festival               Ottawa, Ontario