David Crone was born in Belfast in 1937 and went to the Belfast College of Art in 1956 to study sculpture (his best known surviving work in sculpture is his Horse and Rider (1960) which is in the Queen’s University Collection). Crone finished his studies in sculpture but slowly gave it up and turned to painting, a medium with which he has worked ever since. Crone is a member of the RHA (Royal Hibernian Academy).
“Nowadays much of the landscape (and townscape) painting produced in this country celebrates an Ireland that never really existed. It consoles too easily and stops us thinking. In his energetic engagement with the world, Crone defies such complacency. A thundery disquietude hangs over even his brightest creations. His watchful, edgy, ambiguous work suggests that everything – from wild flower to boulder, from graffito to stone cross – is provisional. David Crone’s wonderful paintings commemorate the interim.” – Michael Longley