David Tress fits firmly within the tradition of modern British landscape painters.
Like Piper and Sutherland before him his response tp landscape can take surprising and innovative paths, skirting with the abstract but still recognisably figurative. And like them is also drawn to the landscapes of Wales
His inventiveness with form and colour is also heightened by his methodology which in intense and almost sculptural.
He paints and draws on the thickest of watercolour papers, but frequently attacks the surface with such energy and fervour that he will penetrate right through and have to patch over, or under, another sheet before he carries on. This helps suggest elemental truths; erosion and the impact of wind and weather.
Born in London in 1955, Tress studied first at Harrow College of Art, and later at Trent Polytechnic.
He has exhibited widly in Wales, England, Ireland, France, Holland and America and has works in public collections including: The National Museum of Wales, , The Guildhall Art Gallery City of London, and Pallant House Gallery Chichester.
In 1999, he was one of the artists commissioned by the Royal Mail to design the Millennium special issue of stamps.