David Remfry, MBE RA (born 1942 in Worthing, England) is a British painter currently living in New York City. Best known for his life-size watercolors of urban scenes and nightclubs, his work is held by many museums in the United States and United Kingdom.
Remfry attended Hull College of Art from 1959–64 before moving to London. His first show in the United States was at the Ankrum Gallery, Los Angeles in 1980. He has exhibited since then at galleries in New York, Los Angeles and Florida and in 2002 had a solo exhibition at P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, New York, Museum of Modern Art affiliate, curated by Alanna Heiss and Daniel Marzona. Solo museum shows in England include the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge Ferens Art Gallery Hull, (1975 and 2005), Middlesbrough Art Gallery, the National Portrait Gallery and the Victoria and Albert Museum, London. The National Portrait commissioned Remfry to paint Sir John Gielgud in 1981 and also acquired his watercolor of Jean Muir.
Remfry was elected a member of the Royal Watercolour Society in 1987. In 2001 he was awarded the M.B.E. for services to British Art in America by Queen Elizabeth II. In 2006 he was elected a Member of the Royal Academy of Arts, London and in 2007 he was invited to receive Honorary Doctorate of Arts by the University of Lincoln.
Work in Public Collections
- Bass Museum of Art, Florida
- Boca Raton Museum of Art, Florida
- British Museum, London
- Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, Ohio
- Contemporary Art Society, London
- Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, England
- Middlesbrough Art Gallery, England
- Minnesota Museum of American Art, Saint Paul
- National Portrait Gallery, London
- New Orleans Museum of Art
- Orlando Museum of Art, Florida
- Museo Rayo, Roldanillo, Colombia
- Royal Academy of Arts, London
- Royal Watercolour Society, London
- Swarthmore College, Swarthmore, Pennsylvania
- The Museum at Florida International University, Florida
- The Royal Collection, Windsor, England
- Towner Art Gallery, Eastbourne, England
- Victoria and Albert Museum, London
- Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester, England