David started sculpting as a child and made his first sale, his A Level plaster figure, before he left school. He attributes his early career start to a helpful teacher who “was a painter by practice but a sculptor by inclination”. On leaving school, David sought out a classical training in Florence under the legendary octogenarian drawing teacher, Nerina Simi. From there he went on to be an apprentice wood carver and then joined a community of marble carvers in Pietresanta beneath the Carrara Mountains. It was a chance encounter with a girl sitting on a pillar that planted the seed of inspiration that would later flower into his signature style. David soon realized that the restrictions of carving were not for him and he returned to London to attend the Sir John Cass School of Art.
A group show cemented David’s reputation and soon he was travelling round Britain sculpting commissioned portraits. Exhibitions at the Bruton Gallery, Agnews, Sladmore and Cadogan Contemporary followed. Today his work is in private collections all over the world and can be seen dominating public spaces and flagship buildings from Scone Palace in Perthshire to the IFC Building in Shanghai
In 2017 David was awarded the honour of creating the centre piece for the D-day monument, Normandy, to be unveiled in 2019.