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David Remfry MBE, RA (born 1942 in Worthingmarker, England) is a British painter currently living in New York Citymarker. Best known for his life-size watercolors of urban scenes and nightclubs, his work is held by many museums in the United States of America and United Kingdom.


Remfry's work is based on the figure. He attended Hull College of Art from 1959-1964 before moving to London. His first show in the United States was at the Ankrum Gallery, Los Angeles in 1980. He has exhibited since then at galleries in New York, Los Angeles and Florida and in 2002 had a solo exhibition at P.S.1 Contemporary Art Centermarker, NY, Museum of Modern Art affiliate, curated by Alanna Heiss and Daniel Marzona. Solo museum shows in England include the Fitzwilliam Museummarker, Cambridge Ferens Art Gallerymarker Hull, (1975 and 2005), Middlesbrough Art Gallerymarker, the National Portrait Gallerymarker and the Victoria and Albert Museummarker, London. The National Portrait commissioned Remfry to paint Sir John Gielgud in 1981 and also acquired his watercolor of Jean Muir.

Remfry was elected a member of the Royal Watercolour Society in 1987. In 2001 he was awarded the M.B.E. for services to British Art in America by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. In 2006 he was elected a Member of the Royal Academy of Artsmarker, London and in 2007 he was invited to receive Honorary Doctorate of Arts by the University of Lincolnmarker.

Work in Public Collections

Bass Museum of Artmarker, Florida

Boca Raton Museum of Artmarker, Florida

British Museummarker, London

Butler Institute of American Artmarker, Youngstown, OH

Contemporary Art Society, London

Fitzwilliam Museummarker, Cambridge, England

Middlesbrough Art Gallerymarker, England

Minnesota Museum of American Art, Saint Paul

National Portrait Gallery marker

New Orleans Museum of Art

Orlando Museum of Artmarker, Florida

Museo Rayo, Roldanillo, Colombia

Royal Academy of Artsmarker, London

Royal Watercolour Society, London

Swarthmore College, Swarthmore, Pennsylvania

The Museum at Florida International University, Florida

The Royal Collection, Windsor, England

Towner Art Gallery, Eastbourne, England

Victoria and Albert Museummarker, London

Whitworth Art Gallerymarker, Manchester, England

Selected bibliography

  • Exhibition brochure, David Remfry A Selection of Large Works from the DANCERS Series, Fitzwilliam Museummarker, Cambridge, May 22—September 12, 2005. Essay by Edward Lucie-Smith.
  • Exhibition catalogue, David Remfry at Neuhoff Gallery, New York City, November 12,-- December 31, 2004. Essay by Vincent Katz. New Works on Paper by David Remfry.'
  • Exhibition catalogue, David Remfry Drawings for Stella McCartney, (In hardcover and soft-back) to accompany the exhibition Fashion into Art at the Victoria and Albert Museummarker, September 3-28, 2003. Introduction by Stella McCartney, David Remfry interviewed by Lance Esplund.
  • Book, (In hardcover and soft-back) David Remfry Dancers, David Remfry exhibition at the Boca Raton Museum of Artmarker, FL (2002) toured to the Fitzwilliam Museummarker, Cambridge, England (2005). Essays by Edward Lucie-Smith, ‘David Remfry Dancers’, Dore Ashton ‘The Dance’ and Carter Ratcliff ‘The Meaning of the Dance, the Dance of Meaning’. Interview with the artist by Alanna Heiss. ISBN 0-936859-41-5 (softback) ISBN 0-936859-42-3 (Hardback). Exhibition brochure, David Remfry at P.S.1 Contemporary Arts Center, New York City, Museum of Modern Art Affiliate, October 20, *2001—January 19, 2002. David Remfry interviewed by Alanna Heiss.
  • Exhibition catalogue, David Remfry at Neuhoff Gallery, New York City, October 11—November 8, 2001. Essay by Robert C. Morgan. ‘Lunar Creatures: New Watercolors by David Remfry.’
  • Exhibition catalogue, David Remfry at Neuhoff Gallery, New York City, October 20—December 4, 1999. Essay by Phyllis Tuchman, David Remfry, Sleepless City.’
  • Exhibition catalogue, David Remfry at the Boca Raton Museum of Artmarker, Florida, March 26—May 9, 1999. Essay by George S. Bolge, ‘David Remfry, Personages.’
  • Exhibition brochure, David Remfry, Middlesbrough Art Gallerymarker, May 30 – June 20, 1981.
  • Exhibition catalogue, David Remfry at Folkstone Art Gallery, Kent, England, March 12—April 18, 1976. Foreword by Marina Vaizey.
  • Exhibition brochure, David Remfry, Ferens Art Gallerymarker, December 13, 1974 – January 11, 1975.
  • Exhibition catalogue, David Remfry, Editions Graphiques Gallery, 1974. Essay by Victor Arwas.

Articles and Reviews in the Press


Barbara A. MacAdam "David Remfry at Neuhoff" ARTNews, USA


David Cohen “David Remfry at Neuhoff” New York Sun, USA


Tina Gaudion "When Stella Met David" Saturday Times Magazine, UK

Roni Feinstein, “David Remfry at Boca Raton Museum of Art and Elaine Baker" Art in America, USA


Phyllis Tuckman “David Remfry at Neuhoff” d’Art Magazine, Canada

Cindy Allen, “The Look of 2002,” Interior Design, USA

Bethan Cole, “When Worlds Collide,” Modern Painters, UK

Gerrit Henry, “David Remfry at Neuhoff and P.S.1,” Art in America, USA

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