David started sculpting as a child and made his first sale, his A Level plaster figure, before he left school. He attributes his early career start to a helpful teacher who “was a painter by practice but a sculptor by inclination”. On leaving school, David sought out a classical training in Florence under the legendary octogenarian drawing teacher, Nerina Simi. From there he went on to be an apprentice wood carver and then joined a community of marble carvers in Pietresanta beneath the Carrara Mountains. It was a chance encounter with a girl sitting on a pillar that planted the seed of inspiration that would later flower into his signature style. David soon realised that the restrictions of carving were not for him and he returned to London to attend the Sir John Cass School of Art.
On 6th June 2019 David’s biggest project to date, the D-Day Sculpture, was unveiled in Normandy above Gold beach by the President of France and the Prime Minister. The piece of work has been physically and emotionally challenging, both in scale and because of its importance. It was imperative that the sculpture encapsulated the true essence of comradeship, leadership, energy and endeavour and does justice to the 22,442 British soldiers who died during the Normandy Campaign.
The unveiling was followed by an exhibition at the Portland Gallery in London. The bronze sculptures at the exhibition are the preparation for the completed work and conclusion of the concept for the final sculpture. The D-Day Sculpture Maquette also featured at the exhibition. It shows the final choice of three soldiers which were chosen by David to be the finished sculpture.
2019 Portland Gallery, London
2014 Portland Gallery, London
2012 The Masterpiece Exhibition, London
2012 The Albany Gallery, Cardiff, Wales
2008 The Secret Garden Exhibition, Dublin
2007 The Rarity Gallery, Mykonos, Greece
2007 Oriel Plas, Glyn-y-Weddw, Wales
2006 Albany Gallery, Cardiff, Wales
2006 Villa D’Este, Como, Italy
2005 XVA Gallery, Dubai, U.A.E
2003 Uncovered, Robert Bowman Gallery, London
1999 La Verand’ Anne, Gstaad
1999 The Bank of Ireland, Dublin
1999 Cadogan Contemporary, London
1997 Marcos Bledel Gallery, Santiago
1997 Marcos Bledel Gallery, Buenos Aires
1997 Parvis Sigaroudinia, Belfast
1996 La Cymaise, Paris
1996 Sladmore Gallery, London - Penelope and Odysseus
1995 Sladmore Gallery, London
1993 Plas Glyn-y-Weddw, Wales
1993 The Deities, Tatsumi Collection, St James’, London
1993 Mitsukoshi Department Store, Osaka, Japan
1991 Cadogan Contemporary, London
1990 Contemporary Sculpture Centre, Tokyo, Japan
1989 Tom Caldwell Gallery, Belfast
1988 Cadogan Contemporary, London
1987 Otter Gallery, Belfast
1987 Gail Feingarten, Los Angeles
1987 National Trust Foundation for Art, Thos Agnew and Sons
1986 Fiona Whitney Group Show, Los Angeles
1985 Fiona Whitney, Los Angeles
1985 Young Artists Exhibition, Thos Agnew and Sons, London
1981 Le Robinson Gallery, Paris
Selected Commissions in Bronze
Lawrence of Arabia
In 2013 Williams-Ellis was commissioned to sculpt an over life size bronze of T.E. Lawrence to commemorate the 125th anniversary of his birth to be displayed at Snowdon Lodge, Lawrence’s birthplace.
Ray Gravell “Grav”
Commissioned in 2008 the 10-ton statue now stands outside the south stand of the Prac Y Scarlets stadium.
Henry Harper-Crewe and Lord Vernon, The National Trust
Trevor Clay, The Royal College of Nurses
The Hon Edward Fairfax
The Duchess of Abercorn
Ladies Tamara and Edwina Grosvenor
Lord Shuttleworth, The National Trust
Otis, Isaac, Tara and Merlin Ferry
Lord Aberconway, Bodnant House.
Lord Glamis, Glamis Castle
The Lord St. Oswald, Nostell Priorty, The National Trust.
Sir David Butter
Desmond Thompson, Queens University, Belfast
Sir Richard Brooke
Nicholas Durlacher, L.I.F.F.E.
Professor Barry O’Donnell, The Royal College of Surgeons, Dublin
Lord Soulsby, The Royal College of Vetinarary Surgeons, Belfast
Gordon Richards, Carlisle Racecourse
Sir Kyffin Williams, The Royal Cambrian Academy
Sir Denis Rooke, Loughborough University
John Monckton, The Knights of Malta
John Chichester Constable, Burton Constable Hall
Anthony Berry, Berry Brothers Wine Merchants
Henry Hoare for C. Hoare & Co., London