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David Cobley

(1954-), Painter

Artist of 2 portraits
Cobley was born in Northampton and grew up in the Midlands. After completing a foundation course at Northampton School of Art, he went to Liverpool School of Art for his diploma, but dropped out in the first term. The next nine years were spent in Japan where he studied Comparative Culture. On returning in 1988, he worked as an illustrator, painting in his spare time. Gradually portraits took over from illustration. A member of the Royal Society of Portrait Painters, he has shown at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, and been a finalist in the BP Portrait Award and John Player Award. He was shortlisted for the Holburne Portrait Prize in 2004 for his portrait of Ken Dodd

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