I began to paint when I was about 7 years old. I remember my first teacher, Maud Bennett, a most delightful and charming lady who lived in a big ramshackle house on The Island in the River Lee Estuary, Cork. I went every Saturday. We painted, and talked about art: looked at books; drank tea, and walked over to the sea wall in summer, There was a small round Martello tower in an open field by the water. I loved to go there in good weather, and lie in the long grass. Maud lit a fire in me which has burned all these years. I remember her fondly.
I studied a little with my Uncle, Sidney Smith who was portrait and mural painter. He began in Belfast and after the War went to live in London. We had many fun sessions talking art.
Then when I left legal practice in about 1978/9 I started working with Peter John Garrard, PPRBA, NEAC, RP. We established a long, warm and happy friendship. I attended several workshops with him, and can still remember his voice and his words. "Painting is about relationship," he said. "It is about finding two colours which you can put down side by side comfortably."
As years went by, I had to return to legal practice, but always clung to my painting soul. I have worked with Thomas Ryan PRHA who has always been generous and helpful. Jeff Reed, an American painter who never used many words, but you always understood what he meant. Randall Exxon too was helpful, as was Ned Mueller, a delightful painter, companion and friend. Antonin Passemard is another great painter and fascinating too work with. He uses a lot of paint with great aplomb.
But perhaps the most important friends in paint have been two Russian painters. Natalia Eremina and Elena Leontieva. They have helped me hone my senses. They have exposed me to Russian painting which is probably unsurpassed. We have worked together in Ireland, Italy and Greece.
To all of these wonderful painters, who have shaped my vision, I am indeed grateful.
My painting is mostly about shape, mood, atmosphere. I find that the important thing in painting is what you leave out rather than what you put in. Unless you want to be very precise and correct, then details is injurious to painting. So I try to concentrate on the shapes and values, and make my own interpretation of nature.
NAME: David S. Goldberg U.A., DPSC.
Arts Council, Northern Ireland.
Boston Public Library, Boston Ma USA.
Bank of Ireland, Boston, Ma USA.
Bank of Ireland.
Crawford Municipal Gallery, Cork.
Hasting Hotel Group, UK.
Incorporated Law Society, Ireland.
Northern Bank Group.
University College Cork.
University College Dublin.
Les Vendemiaires, St Mathieu de Treviers, France
2018. Royal Ulster Academy.
2018 With Dublin Painting and Sketching Club, at CHQ, Dublin.
2017 With United Society of Artists, Annual Exhibition, Menier Gallery, Cork St. London.
2017 With United Society of Artists, Summer exhibition in Margate, Kent.
2017 With Dublin Painting and Sketching Club.
2017 Solo exhibition “Follow this Umbrella” at Ranelagh Arts Centre.
2016 With Allison Ya Chen, Honk Kong.
2016 Dublin Painting and Sketching Club, Annual Exhibition.
2016 United Society of Artists, Bankside London, Spring Exhibition
2015 Solo Exhibition at Gallery 27, Dublin.
2015 Elected Member of United Society of Artists, London
Annual Exhibition at the Bankside Gallery. South Bank, London.
2015 Painting Wexford Art in the Open, 2013, 2014.
2015 Plein Aire Berlin-Brandenburg. 1st Prize for best interpretation of landscape. Exhibited at Himmelpfort and Faustenburg.
2015 Exhibited at Cill Riallaigh Arts Centre, Ballinskelligs, Co Kerry.
2015 Painting at Drakensburg Mountains, KZN, S.A.
2014 Elected member of Dublin Painting and Sketching Club.
Annual Exhibition, April 2015.
2014 Residency at Cill Rialaigh, Co Kerry.
2014 Exhibition “Jerusalem” with Etz Chaim Gallery, London.
2014 Painting in Jerusalem.
2013 Invited artist at Royal Hibernian Academy
2013 Invited artist Boyle Arts Festival
2013 Exhibition at Ranelagh Arts Centre
2013 Painting at Scarborough, Cape Town.
2012 Wexford Opera Festival with Greenacres.
2012 June. Debut Exhibition at Emer Gallery, Belfast
2012 Residency at Maison d’Emma, St Mathieu de Treviers, France.
2011-2012 Doorway Art Gallery, Dublin
2011 Invited artist at Les Vendemiaires, St Mathieu de Treviers, France, October
2011 Invited artist at the Emer Gallery Belfast. Winner of “Open Submission” exhibition.
2010 Doorway Art Gallery, Dublin.
2006 Atrium Gallery of the Bar Council, Dublin.
2004. Davern and Bell, Limerick.
2003. Blue Leaf Gallery, Dublin, Group.
2000 Atrium Gallery of the Bar Council, Dublin.
1992 Jeffers Gallery, Kinsale, Cork. Solo. Boyle Arts Festival.
Irish Cultural Week Boston.
1991. George Gallery, Dublin. Solo. Gallery on the Green, Lexington, MA., Marlborough Gallery, Boston. Aisling Gallery, Hingham, MA.
1990 Irish Figurist, George Gallery. Gallerie Origo, Stockholm. Frankfurt Art Fair. Irish Cultural Week, Bremmen.
1989 Gallerie Origo, Stockholm. Solo. Artist in residence, Annamakerrig, Guthrie Centre, Monaghan.
Residency at Tyrone Guthrie Centre, Monaghan.
From 1975 to 1988 David Goldberg exhibited in over 60 one man and group shows throughout Europe. His work has been frequently exhibited at the RHA, and Oireachtas, Dublin; and the RBA, NEAC, London. He has also exhibited at the Marlborough Fine Art Gallery, Boston: and galleries in Hingham, and Lexington, Massachusetts.