David McDowell Fine Artist
David McDowell

About David McDowell

David McDowell was born in Northern Ireland, 1986. In 2008 he graduated from the University of Ulster with a BA (Hons) Degree in Fine and Applied Art. His works are part of both public and private collections in Northern Ireland.

McDowell's practice takes the form of figurative oil painting with particular focus on light, composition and colour. Conceptually he plays on the notion of taking a private moment and making it public, where the viewer becomes the voyeur. His latest work explores the qualities cinematic imagery can bring to a painting.

McDowell is influenced by both historic and contemporary figurative painting with particular interest in the works of Pierre Bonnard, David Kassan, Eric Fischl and Damien Loeb.

Curriculum Vitae

1986 Born Northern Ireland.
Currently lives and works in Liverpool, England.


2010 – 2011 PGCE Art & Design, Liverpool John Moores University, Liverpool
2005 – 2008 BA (Hons) Fine and Applied Art; University of Ulster, Belfast.
2004 – 2005 BTEC Diploma in Foundation Studies (Art and Design); Limavady College of FHE, Limavady.


2011-present Art & Design Educator, Wirral Education Authority
2010 Painting Workshops, North West Regional College
2009 Visiting Lecturer, Limavady High School (specialist school for the arts)
2008 Visiting Lecturer, North West Regional College


The Business Eye Award (Art)


North West Regional College
Limavady High School
Andersons Injury Clinic

Private Collections


Selected Publications

  • Harrison, L. 2010, Making a Scene for Action Cancer, IN!, Issue. 16, p.18.
  • McFetridge, C. 2010, Artist Exhibits in Belfast After Sell Out London Show, NORTHERN CONSTITUTION, 5 August, p.12.
  • 2010, Limavady Artist Sells Out London Show, ROE VALLEY SENTINEL, 4 August, p.5
  • 2010, Belfast Exhibit for Limavady Man, DERRY JOURNAL, 3 August, p.10.
  • Harkin, M. 2010, Making a Scene Makes a Striking Impression, INSIDE IRELAND, 5 May, viewed 5 May, 2010 www.insideireland.ie
  • 2010, Making a Scene for Charity, NORTHERN CONSTITUTUON, 15 April, p. 3.
  • 2010, Making a Scene for Charity, DERRY JOURNAL, 13 April, p. 7.
  • Lamont, K. 2010, In The Diary, NORTHERN IRELAND HOMES & LIFESTYLE, Issue. 43, p. 95.
  • McFetridge, C. 2010, Making a Scene: Lights, Canvas, Action!, ROE VALLEY SENTINEL, 7 April, p.7.
  • McFetridge, C. 2010, Artist of the Month, YAREAH MAGAZINE, year 2, issue 16, p. 22-23.
  • Scoones, L. 2010, Exhibition/Fundraiser: The Little Picture Show, LE COOL, Edition Dublin, 4-10 February, viewed 8 February, 2010, www.lecool.com


  • 2009, Review of the Year, NORTHERN CONSTITUTION, 31 December, p.27.
  • Hall, D. 2009, Artist To Donate To Diabetes UK, CARRICKFERGUS ADVERTISER, 23 September, p.17.
  • Henry, L. 2009, Alternative Academy Artist Pledges Profits To Charity, CULTURE NORTHERN IRELAND, viewed 17 September, 2009, www.culturenorthernireland.org
  • McDowell, D. 2009, The Butterfly Effect of the Avant-Garde, YAREAH MAGAZINE, vol. 1, no. 10, p.4.
  • Rio, I d. 2009, David McDowell: On Galleries, YAREAH MAGAZINE, vol. 1, no.8, pp 34-35.
  • Church, E. 2009, Limavady Artist Features in ‘Against the Grain’ Exhibition, THE NORTHERN CONSTITUTION, 7 May, p.7.
  • Cartwright, J. 2009, Going Against The Grain, THE NORTHERN CONSTITUTION, 23 April, p. 3.
  • Robinson, J. 2009, Captured On Canvas, NORTHERN IRELAND HOMES & LIFESTYLE, Issue. 32, pp 73-76.
  • Rio, I d. 2009, Interview: David McDowell, YAREAH MAGAZINE, vol. 1, no. 6, pp 36-37.
  • McDowell, D. 2008, What’s The Art?, YAREAH MAGAZINE, vol. 1, no.2, pp 29-30.