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David Redfern

Born 1947, Burton upon Trent, Staffordshire, UK


1965-69, Reading University Fine Art Department

1969-71, Slade School of Fine Art, University College, London


1971-83, Arts Council of Great Britain, Serpentine Gallery, Head Gallery Assistant

1984-2011, Croydon College, teaching and managing F. E. Art and Design courses


2000, Elected a member of The London Group

2002, Appointed as The London Group Archivist


1971, "1971 Northern Young Contemporaries", Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester

"Platform '71", Museum of Modern Art, Oxford

1973, "Five Artists. Seriously . .", Chenil Galleries, Chelsea, London

1974, "Four Painters", TUC Congress Hose, London

1975, "Painters of Reality, Mystery and Illusion", Rochdale Art Gallery

1976, "British Realists", Ikon Gallery, Birmingham

1978, "Art for Society", Whitechapel Art Gallery

1979, "Summer Show 1" Serpentine Gallery, "Lives" Hayward Gallery

1980, "Young British Artists", BP International Headquarters, London

1981, "David Redfern: Paintings and Lino-cuts", The National Theatre, London

"Foyer Exhibition", Southampton Art Gallery

1983, "David Redfern and James Savage", Chapter Gallery, Cardiff

1984, "David Redfern", Wolverhampton Art Gallery

1986, "Tradition and Innovation", National Touring Print Exhibition

Woodlands Art Gallery, Blackheath, London

1989/90, "Picturing People", British Figurative Art since 1945

British Council Tour, Kuala Lumpur, Hong Kong, Harare

1991/2, 10th Cleveland UK International Drawing Biennale

1994/96, Staff Show, School of Art and Design, Croydon College        

1998/9, "Nine Moons", Royal Observatory, Greenwich

1999, Duncan Terrace Gallery, North London

2000 (annually), London Group Annual Exhibitions, ongoing

2001, New Year Exhibition, 2001, Cadogan Contemporary, London

Office Exhibition, Options Group, London                                           

2003, Walk Gallery, King Edward Walk, London

Drawings, Blackheath Halls, London

2005, Selections from the Fosterart Collection, Rivington Street, London

"To the Limit", London Group/SoCo Artists Exhibition, SoCo Gallery, Hastings

2006, "De Salon 2006", Arti et Amicitiae, Amsterdam

2007, "Collective Response", Guildhall Art Gallery, City of London

Bridge Art Fair, Trafalgar Hotel, Trafalgar Square, London

2010, "Merchants of Light", The Cello Factory, Waterloo, London

2011, "Earthwork", Central Booking, New York, USA

2014, "Deptford Stories", Arklow Trading Estate, Deptford, London

2015, "Combines", The Cello Factory, Waterloo, London

2017, Shoreham Sculpture Trail, Shoreham, Kent

2018, "David Redfern Paintings 1972 - 1991", Felix & Spear, London

2018, "The London Group at St Ives", Penwith Gallery, St Ives, Cornwall

2020, "All Ye Assembled Here", Felix & Spear, London

2021, "Creating a National Collection", Southampton City Art Gallery

          "Modern British and Contemporary Selection", Felix & Spear, London

2022, "The London Group at Bankside", Bankside Gallery, London

2023, "The London Group at Scarborough", The OLd Parcels Office, Scarborough

          "The London Group at Linden Hall Studios", Linden Hall Studios, Deal, Kent

Open Submission Exhibitions

1974, John Moores Liverpool Exhibition 9

1975, "Chichester National Art Exhibition", Chichester

1977, "The Crown Art Exhibition 1977", Reed House, London

1977/81/83, Tolly Cobbold / Eastern Arts National Art Exhibition

1978, The London Group, R.C.A., London

1980/1/2/3/4, The Spirit of London, Royal Festival Hall, London. (Prizewinner 1984)

1981, "On the Open Road", R.A.C. HQ, London. (Prizewinner)

1982/3/4/6/7/8, The Whitechapel Open, Whitechapel Art Gallery.

1982-93, Leicestershire Collection for Schools and Colleges

1987, "State of the Nation", Herbert Art Gallery, Coventry

1990, 222nd Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy of Arts, London

1991, "10th Cleveland (U.K.) International Drawing Exhibition", UK tour

1993, 225th  Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy of Arts, London

The London Group, Barbican Arts Centre, London

1994, Rexel Derwent Open Drawing Competition, Cheltenham

1995, Cadogan Contemporary, London.

2006, Singer & Friedlander/Sunday Times Watercolour Competition 2006, Mall Galleries, London

2009, "Creekside Open", APT Gallery, London

2012, "Survival of the Fittest", Waterworks Nature Reserve, East London

2020, "Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolour", Mall Galleries, London


1983, Paintings used by Channel 4 to illustrate the "Winter of Discontent" in "A Partly Satirical Broadcast"

1989, Paintings used to illustrate a documentary on the Thatcher years broadcast on German Television


Arts Council of Great Britain, Royal Observatory Greenwich, Basildon Arts Trust, Burton upon Trent Art Gallery, Blackburn Museum and Art Gallery, Southampton City Art Gallery, Wolverhampton Art Gallery, Leicestershire Collection for Schools and Colleges, Camden Council Picture Loan Scheme, Sainsbury Arts Centre, TUC Congress House, Union of Construction, Allied Trades and Technicians, Ocean Transport &Trading, Trumans Social Club Brick Lane, Astor Wax Factory Manchester


Private Collections in the UK and Europe.


2010, "Merchants of Light" The Cello Factory

2013, "The London Group: a history 1913 – 2013”, a 400 page illustrated history of The London Group

2018, "David Redfern Paintings: 1972 - 1991" Felix & Spear

2020, "All Ye Assembled Here" Felix & Spear

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