David Lazarus (British-American, b. 1952)

David Lazarus (British-American, b. 1952)
“David Lazarus was born in London, England, and counts among his early artistic experiences a fascination with the art of scrimshaw. The miniature scale of this medium suited him well, as it enabled him to travel with a studio the size of a cigar box. Eventually settling on Nantucket, Lazarus established himself
as one of the island’s premier artists.

During the last 20 years, Lazarus has devoted more time to painting in oils.
“The looseness of pushing paint around, after having engraved miles of tiny lines,
has been liberating as well as challenging,” Lazarus explains.

David’s work recalls a modern-day Frank W. Benson in terms of his brushwork.
His work is bright, vivid and full of light. His impressionist style allows him to move the paint around the canvas and place it just so. His paintings are a high-wire act with risks and rewards. Sometimes the paint can get a little muddied and he literally discards those works into the trash. But when he nails them, which is more often than not, the results are amazing.” ~ Stephen O’Brien, Stephen O’Brien Jr. Fine Arts, LLC, Boston

Lazarus studied at the Bath Academy of Art in England. He came to Nantucket to do scrimshaw in the 1970’s, having spent time working with the scrimshanders in Bellingham, Washington. He first scrimmed for the Four Winds Craft Guild.
Lazarus continues to expand his oeuvre with meticulous copper engravings, watercolor and oils. He has exhibited at the (X) Gallery, the Old Spouter Gallery and the South Wharf Gallery, and continues to be represented by Four Winds Craft Guild.
His work is in numerous private and public collections.

Recent Examples at Auction