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The painter David Prentice, died aged 77. He an unusual trajectory as an artist. In the 1960s, when he was one of the founders of the Ikon Gallery in Birmingham, his work was hard-edged, abstract, close to the Pop art of a period when young artists and architects were full of ideas for new beginnings. David's art was about new forms, his hero was Piet Mondrian.
In the late 1980s, when he returned to full-time painting after a career teaching others. He painted with the concern for structure and surface that had characterized his earlier work. The watercolors, often done on the spot, were more specific but the paintings done in the studio were as carefully constructed as ever.
It was not long before he was winning prizes (the Sunday Times watercolor competition in 1990, for example) and having exhibitions (more than 20 solo shows since the early 1990s, many with the John Davies Gallery in Moreton-in-Marsh, Gloucestershire). In time his subjects expanded to include dramatic cityscapes of London, especially of the river, and the landscape of Skye, or rather its approaches – the "Road to the Isles" – as well as the Lake District and the Welsh mountains.