David Prentice was born in Solihull. He studied at the Birmingham School of Art. In 1964, he was one of 4 founder members of the Ikon Gallery, Birmingham. The Ikon initially housed in a kiosk in the old Bull Ring shopping area, provided an exhibition space for contemporary art which had been lacking in the city.
Inspired by his hero Piet Mondrian, Prentice’s early work was abstract and had much in common with the Op artists of the 60s. Despite initial success he began teaching to support his growing family and didn’t return to full-time painting until the 80s. On returning his style of painting had changed dramatically, no longer abstract, but landscape painting, in particular the Malvern Hills where he lived.
His work is held in many collections including the V&A London, and the Museum of Modern Art New York.