David Tracey

David Tracey

Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

About David Tracey

I am an artist based in Sydney, Australia.
I like to create beautiful art where the painting technique creates the look of the modern world as we now perceive it through digital techniques.

For many years I worked as a scenic artist creating sets and backdrops for film and television, painting very large images in film studios. It was high pressure and short deadlines but what a great time!

With the advent of computer graphics, I moved on to creating realistic animated content commercially, specializing in environments and surface textures.

But I have come back to painting - still the most satisfying medium. I work in oil and acrylic, painting our modern world; so rich and beautiful.

I learned so much from the modern disciplines (film work, computer graphics, photography) and found it all is relevant when painting. I use these modern elements to lift the image, to meet the expectations of the modern eye. Even flares, artifacts, and scattering all work beautifully in oil to create a visually satisfying piece that is still clearly handmade, wrought by human creativity.

Artists I admire are Elizabeth Vigee Le Brun, William Bouguereau, and Marcel Marlier; masters in the realistic style and technique they used in creating such believable skin tones.