David Wightman was born in Stockport, Greater Manchester in 1980. He studied Fine Art at Middlesex University and gained an MA in Painting at the Royal College of Art, London. While still at the Royal College of Art, he won ‘Young Artist of the Year’ at the Hunting Art Prizes. He graduated from the Royal College of Art in 2003 as the youngest graduate at the age of 23.
David Wightman’s solo exhibitions include New paintings + Akris collaboration, Akris, 30 Old Bond Street, London (2014), Redux, 10 Gresham Street and Halcyon Gallery (2014), Hero, commission for House Arts Festival (2013), Paramour, Halcyon Gallery, London (2012), Homage to Loreleia, Berwick Gymnasium Gallery, Berwick-upon-Tweed, Northumberland (2011), Secret Name, Sumarria Lunn, London (2010), Behemoth and Other New Paintings, Cornerhouse, Manchester (2009), and Aspirations – New Paintings, William Angel Gallery, London (2008).
In 2010, David Wightman was awarded the Berwick Gymnasium Arts Fellowship - a six-month residency in Berwick-upon-Tweed, Northumberland funded by Arts Council England and English Heritage. In 2013, he was selected by the curator of House Arts Festival, Mariele Neudecker, to make a site-specific painting for a disused pavilion on Brighton’s seafront. The commission was funded by Arts Council England. Most recently Wightman has collaborated with the fashion label Akris for their Fall / Winter 2014/15 collection. Wightman\\\\\\\'s work has featured in Harper\\\\\\\'s Bazaar, The Guardian, The Telegraph, The Financial Times, and Money Week.
He lives and works in London.