David More was born in Aberdeen, Scotland in 1947. His family moved to Canada the following year and eventually settled in Red Deer, Alberta. Growing up in a community interfaced with forests and parks had a profound effect on shaping his vision later in life. He began his art studies at the Alberta College of Art in Calgary in 1968 and graduated with awards and scholarships in 1972. His early career led him to work as an art history researcher, recording and interviewing famous artists of Alberta’s formative years. In 1973 he worked for the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Calgary as a medical graphics artist. 1974 saw him receive a Canada Council grant to paint images of the Crowsnest Pass of Southern Alberta. The following year he was invited to instruct drawing, design and painting at the Alberta College of Art.
In 1978 David and his wife-to-be, Yvette Brideau felt it was time to devote their entire energies to the creation of art, and so began a long period of development that continues to this day. David is known across Canada as a painter, illustrator, author, and muralist. His images of Canada and Canadians range from Alberta and Vancouver Island in the west to Nova Scotia and New Brunswick in the East. An exhibition of his work titled: FOREST – FADE TO SILENT, produced by Katherine Lipsett of the Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies, dealt with the theme of acid rain in the forests of New Brunswick. This exhibition toured to 10 art museums across Canada from 1990 to 1993.
David More’s large painted works within the title GARDEN CEREMONY are created from images he has gathered through journeys to distant places since 1975. Included to date in this lifelong project are works based on visits to Brazil, France, England, Scotland, America, Trinidad, India and numerous locations within Canada. David’s paintings and drawings are in many private, corporate and institutional art collections in Canada, the United States and abroad. In 1993 he received a great honour when the University of Calgary presented one of his paintings to Mikhail Gorbachev, the former President of the Soviet Union. In the world of publishing, David has collaborated with writers as diverse as Canadian humourist Eric Nicol (six satirical books, including THE JOY OF HOCKEY and THE U.S. OR US, WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE, EH?) and Canadian author Rudy Wiebe (CHINOOK CHRISTMAS, a children’s story).
David’s outdoor murals can be seen from Chemainus on Vancouver Island to Welland, Ontario and numerous locations in Alberta from Stony Plain to Fort Macleod. In 2001 he collaborated with Charles Meggison to produce the cylindrical mural THOSE WHO STOOD UPON THIS LAND BEFORE at the Collicutt Centre in Red Deer, Alberta. David and Yvette have their workshop/studio in Benalto, Alberta.