David Watkins RDI
Honorary Degree of Doctor of
School of Art and Design
David is a British artist who most recently
designed the medals for the London 2012 Olympics. Born in
Wolverhampton in 1940, David began his education at Wolverhampton
Grammar School before going on to study Fine Art at Reading
University. He began his career in the 1960s in sculpture, design
and special effects modelling and was a special effects maker for
the film 2001: A Space Odyssey.
In 1978, David travelled to Australia to
become an artist in residence at the Curtin University, before
returning to the UK to join the Royal College of Art, firstly as a
Professor in Goldsmithing, Silversmithing, Metalwork and Jewellery,
and then as a Research Professor of Jewellery. In 2009, he was made
Throughout his career David has also been a
Liveryman of the Goldsmiths Company; a Trustee of the Haystack
School for Crafts in Maine, USA; and most recently, a Royal
Designer for Industry.
David has been exhibiting his work for nearly
40 years, including at the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; the
Mikimoto Hall, Tokyo; and most recently at the Victoria &
Albert Museum, London, with a retrospective exhibition titled
Artist in Jewellery, a Retrospective View (1972-2010).