Day Trip Art features the work of painter David W. J. Lloyd. Born in Cardiff in 1972, David studied art full-time first at Howard Gardens in Cardiff then at the Falmouth College of Art. During his degree studies, David tried a number of different mediums, but concentrated on developing his painting skills.
The artist would be the first to admit he took a chaotic approach to painting in those college years, a number of themes began to emerge. The work incorporated a number of mediums including montage, inks, oils, acrylics, found materials and more, and at times pushed into areas guided more by the college tutors than the areas David found personally satisfying.
Despite the chaos and experimentation of that period, the best of his work always returned to a figurative style based on a number of recurring and personal themes. Using his homeland of Wales as an inspiration, the paintings borrowed from partially remembered stories of childhood, the country’s folklore and ancient tales of giants and strange lands hidden beyond view.
These inspirations were then played through the filter of David’s inner-city working class upbringing, and the freedoms of childhood and an age before health and safety where back lanes, dock side warehouses and derelict buildings were the playground him and his friends entertained themselves in.
Unsatisfied with the work he found himself doing at the end of his degree, David completely destroyed the bulk of the work he’d done, feeling the hand of the art college too heavily in both the mediums used, the size of the paintings made and the unfocused formal approach taken. In the period following David worked on a number of paintings which further crystallized the style he wanted to develop and work in.
After a couple of busy painting periods, David slowed his work rate down to concentrate on the matters at hand, paying the bills, raising a family and putting food on the table. There were sporadic works done during the decade following his college career (and a year spent training as an art teacher), all of which both further solidified the sort of work he wanted to make, and were snapped up by people following the placement of work for sale in virtual galleries.
Over the years David had placed work in a couple of small exhibitions, but the vast majority of it was sold privately and by word of mouth. Despite the interest in his work, David found himself taking a side step, developing a career in other creative industries where he worked both in television production and the fledgeling online industries. In 2006 David left the job he’d been doing the previous 8 years to set up his own production company, channelling his creative skills into film and online projects, so out of necessity painting had to be put to one side.
Between 2006 and 2016, David worked on growing his media production businesses – produced two feature films along the way (Devil’s Bridge and The Lighthouse), and building a number of highly regarded web properties. During this time he also took lots and lots of photos, which in the back of his mind he thought he could one day use as inspiration to once again make paintings.
In late 2015 David decided to take a step back in to the world of painting, slowly and tentatively, and began planning out his latest works. With a number of other projects and commitments winding up in that period, David began to shape the work he wanted to produce, and that’s where this new phase of his output and this website begins.