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”
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
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