David Pilgrim ROI

David Pilgrim ROI

David has a First Class (Joint Hons) degree in Fine Art and Pure Mathematics from the University of Wales, Aberystwyth (1994-1997). Since graduating he has continued to pursue his passion for painting and in particular plein air painting, alongside working as a developer in the IT Industry. Ideas are explored on location and these works can have the potential to be developed into more resolved pieces back in the studio. Often there is little more to say beyond the original statement and the painting needs no further development. This approach has enabled David to develop his observational and technical skills whilst encouraging a greater connection and understanding of the subjects he encounters. The energy and focus that comes from tapping directly into the very essence of the moment is an increasingly important element in his work. David was elected a full member of the ROI in 2012.


  • ROI (2006-present)
  • RSMA
  • RBSA
  • Bath Prize (Bath Gallery)
  • Buxton Prize (Green Man Gallery, Buxton)
  • Adrian Hill Fine Art, Holt
  • M1 Gallery, London
  • Peter Barker Fine Art, Uppingham
  • Hawker Gallery, Amersham (including ROI exhibitions)
  • A & K Wilson, Harpenden (including ROI exhibitions)
  • Llewellyn Alexander, London
  • New Grafton, London
  • Burlington Contemporary, Cheltenham

Other activities and Awards

  • Dartington Crystal Award for outstanding service and contribution to the ROI, Annual Exhibtion 2020
  • Frank Herring Easel award, ROI Annual Exhibition 2019
  • Le Clerc Fowle Medal for outstanding group of paintings, ROI Annual Exhibition 2018
  • Winner of the Buxton Spa open competition runner’s up prize (2015)
  • Winner of ‘Best plein air painting and ‘Best small painting’ prizes at the Bath prize open competition (2010)
  • Selected by the BBC to be one of a group of artists to paint the Diamond Jubilee Pageant from the Millennium bridge (May 2012). Filming was broadcast live as part of the BBC’s coverage of the event

Examples of work