David Caldwell was born in Helensburgh in the West of Scotland in 1977. He studied at the Glasgow School of Art (1994-98) and the Royal Drawing School (2003-05). He has won several awards and residencies for painting including the prestigious Bulldog Bursary from the Royal Society of Portrait Painters and The Founder’s Purchase Prize at the ING Discerning Eye (adjudged by the late Brian Sewell). He recently displayed 77 small portraits at the BP Portrait Awards at the National Portrait Gallery.

In recent years David has been short-listed for several major awards including the Seven Investments Management ‘Conversations’ Prize , the Ruth Borchard Self-portrait Prize, the Threadneedle Figurative Art Prize, the Lynn Painter-Stainers Award and the W. Gordon Smith Award.



20×16” £3000
30×25” £4000
36×28” £5000
50×40” £7000
60×40” £10000

20×16” £1500
24×20” £1800
30×25” £2000
40×30” £2500

This is a rough fee-guide for a single portrait. Frame, travel & accommodation expenses, and VAT are not included. For groups and non-standard sizes please ask for a quote.  I am not currently registered for VAT


I prefer working oil on canvas from life.
The time required from the sitter depends on the size of the portrait. For example head and shoulders 40x30cm would require two 3hr sittings, head down to hands 75x50cm = 3-4 3hr sittings, full figure 120x75cm = 4-6 3hr sittings. Charcoal drawing head and shoulders = one 3-4hr sitting, (all approx.)


  • Sir Stephen Hillier KCB OBE DFC ADC
  • Lord Irvine Laidlaw
  • Justin Currie (singer/musician)
  • John Amabile (interior designer)
  • Katie Kissoon (singer)


The John Cunningham Award (Royal Glasgow Institute)
The Ruth Davidson Memorial Award
The Founder’s Purchase Prize (ING Discerning Eye)
The Bulldog Bursary (Royal Society of Portrait Painters)
The Regional Prize (ING Discerning Eye)
The Wright Prize (ING Discerning Eye)
The Smallwood Architects Prize (Royal Society of Portrait Painters)