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David Chisholm BA
David Chisholm
Contemporary Artist

David Chisholm BA. a contemporary artist and a prominent member of the Newlyn Society of Artists.

Having trained in both traditional and contemporary: sculpture, painting and drawing techniques David is a very relaxed, open and likable chap who is vastly experienced and able to give each person on the course individual help and encouragement to develop practical skills tailored to their own specific needs and creativity.

Following a Foundation Degree in Fine Art in the late 70’s Davids style took on a more contemporary direction. He trained as a Graphic Designer and worked commercially in this field for some time.

In his mid 20’s following in the artistic footsteps of Barbara Hepworth and Ben Nicholson (whose modernistic and abstract work was greatly admired by David) he moved to Cornwall.

After graduating from Falmouth School of Art as a mature student David was elected into the prestigious Newlyn Society of Artists. He remains a prominent member of the NSA and in 2016 was elected Chairman.

In 2019 he relocated to ‘Sauveterre de Bearn’, a small medieval village in the Pyrénées-Atlantiques region of South West France, having a warm and temperate climate which is rich in artistic creativity, here he is running art courses and focusing on his own work.

David is one of today’s emerging British Artists….

My work is concerned with the figure and human form, abstracting contour, shapes and lines. I am interested in isolating these elements. My intention is to make the viewer look at them in their own right; I intentionally remove and disassociate the subjects from their environment. I overlay and merge these shapes creating confusion and complication. I investigate positives and negatives to encapsulate mood, emotion, disposition, association and interaction“.

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Tremenheere Gallery, Penzance - Exhibitions of British Artists
Tremenheere – Home of the NSA

David remains a prominent member of the Newlyn Society of Artists (NSA).

The Newlyn Society of Artists Originally formed in 1896, previous NSA members have included Stanhope Forbes, Alfred Munnings, Laura Knight, Dod Procter, Peter Lanyon, Patrick Heron and Terry Frost.

Today the NSA remains an intrinsic part of the Arts in the UK. It is a diverse group of approximately 85 professional contemporary British artists working across all disciplines from painting and sculpture to performance.

The work of NSA artists has often had a global reach and at the last count at least a dozen have been Royal Academicians.


Falmouth School of Art at Woodlane, Rosehill building
Falmouth School of Art at Woodlane

David graduated from the Falmouth School of Art.

Founded in 1902 visual arts have been practised and taught at Falmouth for over a century, and the reputation for creative excellence still keeps Falmouth at the forefront of British art schools today.

Leading artists of their era such as Dame Barbara HepworthBryan Wynter and Patrick Heron were energetic in, their support of the School.