Press Release

David Manley opens a solo exhibition of new paintings at the Tarpey Gallery in Castle Donington on 16th July, 2011. Entitled ‘From The Earth Wealth’ the 45 pictures comprise a personal journey through North West Leicestershire where the artist lives and the gallery is located. “Each painting represents a town or village in the district, and the series as a whole is my very personal visual take on the spirit of the place”.

David has been a local resident for over 20 years but never previously made pictures inspired by his immediate surroundings. He says that “All of my art is made up of individual series of paintings and photographs, usually of far flung places I have visited, but on this occasion I felt it was time to look at my own environment and I discovered much that I had previously ignored or was simply unaware of”.

The artist took early retirement through ill health from his role as Dean of Arts, Design & Technology at the University of Derby in 2009 and, alongside studies for a Masters degree in Photography at De Montfort University, Leicester (awarded in July 2010), has concentrated much of his activity on visiting all forty five hamlets, villages and towns in the district.

Director of the Gallery, Luke Tarpey, comments “that these pictures will certainly provoke comment on the area in which the artist and the gallery are located and they show an idiosyncratic, unique perspective on the area. David took the title of the show from the Latin motto of the district that emphasises its mineral and agricultural riches”.

The exhibition that also features a selection of the artist’s source photographs runs until 20th August.


David Manley is a painter and photographer living and working in North West Leicestershire. He originally trained as a painter at Exeter, Falmouth and Birmingham Colleges of Art and was awarded a Cheltenham Fellowship in 1975. He has held many solo exhibitions including Shrewsbury, Birmingham, Loughborough and Derby, and overseas in Italy and Portugal, and exhibited in many group exhibitions as far afield as Romania and Japan. Most recently his work has been seen in Germany and Sweden. In 2010 he completed a Masters degree in Photography at De Montfort University.

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