david oudney

David Oudney

Born in Dundee in 1955, David was educated at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art from 1973 – 1978. Following college, a Scottish Education Department Major Travel Scholarship allowed him to travel to Vienna where he discovered the work of Friedensreich Hundertwasser and Egon Schiele. This began a lifelong passion for travel continuing with an Elizabeth Greenshields Scholarship in 1981. Throughout the eighties David exhibited regularly with the Portal Gallery in London, and showed work at the Royal Scottish Academy in Edinburgh where he won the John Murray Thompson Prize. In 1988, he used an Arts Council Bursary to produce some larger works for a touring exhibition which concluded in Rye Art Gallery, Sussex.

In the nineties, David was awarded an Arts Council print-making bursary, which he used to produce a series of lithographs and mezzotints at the Dundee Printmakers Workshop. He went on to produce lithographic posters for the Byre Theatre St. Andrews and his lithographs were included in the Bradford International Print Biennale. In 1994 he returned to College to study for a Masters Degree, graduating in the summer of 1995. David moved to Glasgow in 1996, where alongside his art practice, he led therapeutic art projects at the Drug Crisis Centre in the Gorbals and with the homeless, in association with the Simon Community. He also successfully led numerous community art projects within the LGBTQ community and Full-time carers’ groups.

Moving back to Dundee in 2004, David was employed as a Teaching Fellow with Dundee University Continuing Education Department and began teaching art in the community. This led to his involvement in more community art projects and public art commissions, including large-scale mixed media projects, and public mosaics. In recent years, his passion for travel has taken him to India, Australia and South Africa and continues to energize and enrich his work.