Roffey – Contemporary Quiet Realism
(Written February 2012)
Painting by David Roffey “Welcome
Home”, oil on canvas, 20"x30".
Roffey works with oil on canvas, and watercolour on cold-pressed paper.
His style is realist and pointillist, and his subjects range from urban
architecture, gardens, country houses, landscapes, birds, wild flowers,
and herbs. “David concentrates on light, detail and quiet order.” He
paints unique landscapes emphasizing architectural structures, the nature
around them, and fascinating sky scenes. He uses but a few tubes of oil
paints, yet achieves rich tonality and warmth.
Photo: Gamekeeper's Cottage, oil on canvas,
houses in David’s paintings are closed, but the gate is open, and a path
leads to the front door. At times the path is surrounded by a lovely
garden which entices the viewer to enter. David is also inspired by the
view through doors or windows, a horizon stretching from a beach house
over the dunes, inviting one to walk through the sands and look at the few
courageous shoreline flowers.
are another subject that David favours. A boat on the beach tells a story
of years on the water. A small boat moored by an island with a single
house opens the imagination to a romantic story. Surprisingly, his
minutely executed realistic paintings are quite contemporary in the way he
treats his subjects. Despite the structures that bring forth the past, the
images are suggestive of the technique, specialisation, and solitude that
symbolises life in the current era.
Roffey was born in England. He studied drawing, painting and art history
for two years at the “Bournemouth & Poole College of Art”. He lives in
Canada since 1978 and full time in the Laurentians for the past two years.
David’s paintings were exhibited and sold by galleries in Scotland,
Montreal, Vancouver, Toronto and Halifax, and were acquired for private
collections in Scotland, Great Britain, United States, Bahrain and Canada.
Roffey is a member of Route des Arts of Grand Argenteuil as well as the
group ARTS Morin Heights. In 2011 and 2012 he participated in a few
exhibitions at the Montfort Gallery, and in March, he will exhibit a few
paintings at Restaurant Faimfino, 338, rue des Érables,
Brownsburg-Chatham, 450 407-0708.
Information: La Société culturelle du Pavillon des jardins: 450