David Oxtoby (b. 1938) is a Yorkshire-born painter and print-maker who has devoted himself to the celebration of rock music and the commemorations of rock performers.
Trained as a graphic artist at Bradford College of Art he honed his life drawing and painting skills at the Royal Academy School. From there he let his first love take over – rock music. Befriending rock and rollers throughout his life through attending shows at clubs and bars, Oxtoby drew first hand inspiration from the likes of Jimi Hendrix and Steve Winwood. Collecting experiences and photographs Oxtoby was far from a simple portrait artist. Even with his incredible skill at capturing likeness, Oxtoby's main concern has always been the essence of the musician and their work. He does not distance himself from the musician, his inspiration, and he does not condescend as if on a loftier plane to comment on their art form. He immerses himself in their music and so is able to immerse the viewer in the music as well – a visual experience of the music and spirit of the performer through colour and form.
Oxtoby has captured Elvis Presley, Jimi Hendrix, Bob Dylan, Bill Haley, Little Richard, Carl Perkins, Stevie Wonder, The Beatles and the Rolling Stone to name but a few. His works are owned by rock stars and art collectors the world over, (Robert Plant owns so many of his paintings he commented 'I have to give the walls a rest'), and he has exhibited throughout Europe, America and Asia. His works hangs in the Victoria and Albert Museum, National Portrait Gallery, Tate, London, The British Museum, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, and the Los Angeles County Museum.