David Backhouse was born in Wiltshire and studied at the Royal West of England College of Art. His early career was spent working and travelling in Europe where he undertook many commissions for portrait busts. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of British Sculptors, a Royal West of England Academician, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, a Founder Member of the Fountain Society and a Member of The Society of Equestrian Artists.
Through his work David Backhouse tries to communicate his awareness of the interdependence of all life and his delight in the vitality of the natural world. He sees his sculptures as comments on the dilemmas of contemporary life. ‘My themes are simple and universal: the interdependence of nature and humanity, and the search for balance and harmony. The sculptures are meditations on the human condition in our time, reflecting loss and tragedy, hope and delight, and above all the tenacity of the human spirit.’