David Beer

David originates from Whitstable, Kent and trained as a teacher at Bishop Otter College, Chichester where he studied pottery as a main subject.

He started painting at evening classes whilst living in Corsham where he was a Headteacher. He also attended the St. Ives School of Painting on residential courses during this period and became captivated by St. Ives.

In 1986, David relocated to St. Ives and taught in Penzance until 1998 when he retired. He now spends most of his time painting.

While teaching in Penzance he had special responsibility for art in his school and he also ran in-service art courses for teachers in the area. He was also co-ordinator of the education working party for the St. Ives Tate Action Group before the Tate opened.