David Hutter (1930-1990) has been described as a “master of watercolour”. His reputation was established by the late 1960s; his watercolours of the male nude and flowers went on to excite the critics of the early 1980s.
Hutter studied at Saint Martin’s and Hornsey Schools of Art, and became of teacher of art as well as completing commissions for book jacket and album cover designs.
He is known also for being an early advocate for Gay Rights. He was active within the Gay Liberation Front in London from its inception in 1970, and he went on to co-author, with Andrew Hodges in 1974, a pivotal document “With Downcast Gays: Aspects of Homosexual Self-Oppression”. Hutter’s long-term partner, James Atkins, had been the mathematician Alan Turing’s first lover from 1933 to 1937.
His painting style was bold and direct but sensitive – he would paint directly in watercolour from life, building up tones with layers of paint. Japanese influence can be seen in his work, both in his technique of painting onto stretched wet paper, causing running and blending of colours, and also in the simplicity of his compositional forms.
Hutter showed at group exhibitions at the Royal Academy, the Royal Watercolour Society and the Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours. He had numerous solo shows across London, and a retrospective at The Bloxham Galleries in 2000. A number of his watercolours were published in a book entitled “Nudes and Flowers”, with an introduction by Edward Lucie-Smith.