Wilkey was born and lives in Bath.
work was influenced by the surrealists, in particular Magritte
and he went on from there painting realist style paintings
based on his own photographs. Nearly always painting in oils,
he has also dabbled in acrylics but found oils much easier
work with starting with a monotone sketch for tonal values
and working this up into a finished painting.
His recent work has involved painting the people of Bath going
about their daily business, shopping, talking and their obsession
with mobile phones. The interaction between people David finds
fascinating and he wants to capture everything that makes
up the fabric of everyday life. It also includes the changing
face of Bath as in 'Towards Old Southgate' which is no longer
there, so in a few short years since, has become an historical
This fascination with people occurred when he walked into
a gallery once and noticed that the visitors were as interested
in observing each other as in the work displayed on the wall.
People are what makes life, and life is what he paints.