David Remfry La Tasha Simmons and Kahlua, 2010-12 Watercolour and Graphite on Paper, photo Marcus Leith

David Remfry RA: People and Dogs Drawn Together

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11 Feb - 3 June 2023

There’s a personal story behind every relationship between a dog and its owner. These stories have long fascinated David Remfry RA. 

Remfry's series of evocative pencil and watercolour portraits exploring the connection between people and their canine companions began 15 years ago when he was a resident of the infamous Chelsea Hotel in New York. Over the years sitters have included celebrities Alan Cumming, Susan Sarandon and Ethan Hawke, and their pets.
David Remfry, Leicester Garcia and Devage, 2008, Graphite and Watercolour on Paper,  photo Marcus Leith
David Remfry Teddy, 2008 Watercolour and Graphite on Paper, photo Marcus Leith
David Remfry, Louise, 2007,  photo Christopher Burke Studios

David Remfry is a contemporary British born painter. He is perhaps best known for his large-scale watercolours, often of people dancing, his landscapes of New York and his portraits of residents and friends painted and drawn during his twenty years living and working at the Hotel Chelsea, New York City. He has also curated several exhibitions and was recently a Professor of Drawing at the Royal Academy Schools. He lives and works in London.

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We are very excited to announce that David will be curating our Summer 2023 Rugby Collection show. Further details to follow.

Image: David Remfry at the Hotel Chelsea, New York. © Dudley Reed / National Portrait Gallery, London

Exhibition Events

Rene the Guide Dog  

Wednesday 5 April, 11am 
FREE entry, spaces bookable and drop in

Join Louise and Rene, her assistance dog, in a short introduction to the Guide Dogs charity.
Louise will demonstrate how Rene assists her in her daily life and will talk about The mission of the Guide Dogs society which is to ensure that no one living with sight loss is left out of life!

Every six minutes in the UK, one more person goes blind. When someone loses their sight, the  Guide Dogs society helps to ensure they don’t lose their freedom as well.

Art classes

Various dates

Art classes inspired by the David Remfry exhibition

Dog Show

Saturday 15 April, 10 am-1pm

Creative activities plus a dog show for you and your furry friend.

Listen to David talk about his friends and their dogs