David Griffiths (portrait painter)

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David Griffiths self-portrait

David Griffiths (born 16 February 1939), is a Welsh portrait painter.


He was born to a Welsh family in Liverpool, England, but the family moved to Pwllheli when he was seven. He studied at the Slade School of Fine Art, London under the direction of Professor Sir William Coldstream.[1]

Regarded as one of the U.K's foremost portrait painters,[2][better source needed] David Griffiths' large output of work include portraits of royalty, ambassadors, archbishops, Lords Chancellor, distinguished parliamentarians, and well-known musicians and actors.[3] It was his portrait of Prince Charles on the occasion of Charles' investiture as Prince of Wales in 1969 which brought him to general notice.[1] This remains one of his best-known portraits. [4]

He has also painted William Stamps Farish III (ex-U.S. Ambassador to the United Kingdom), Enoch Powell, and a long list of Welsh notables including Barry John, Gwynfor Evans, John Meurig Thomas, Lord Tonypandy (as Speaker of the House of Commons), Siân Phillips, Bryn Terfel and Sir Geraint Evans.

The Midland Bank sponsored a major exhibition of his work at the 1970 National Eisteddfod. In 2002, the National Library of Wales held a retrospective show of his work.

Over sixty of his oil paintings are in UK university or gallery collections.[5]


  1. ^ a b "Portreadu'r Cymry (Portraying the Welsh)". Llais Llên (in Welsh). BBC Cymru Wales. 15 August 2002. Retrieved 4 December 2005. 
  2. ^ "Albany Gallery website". Retrieved 30 March 2006. 
  3. ^ "David Griffiths' website". Retrieved 4 December 2005. 
  4. ^ "Shane Williams portrait: More on artist David Griffiths". ITV News. 4 April 2013. Retrieved 23 January 2014. 
  5. ^ 62 Painting(s) by or after David Griffiths at the Art UK site. Retrieved 23 January 2014.