David Kingsley Harper was born in 1967 in Middlesbrough, England. His painting studio is Barnard Castle in Durham. He is a modernist artist as well as a BBC TV Art and Antiques presenter and writer. In April 2010 he won the first series of BBC 2's The Antiques Road Trip. Influenced by classical Fauvist masters such as Matisse and Picasso, Harper has exhibited work alongside artists such as Damien Hirst, Ai Weiwei, Henry Moore and Sir Peter Blake.
Harper lived and went to school in Zimbabwe, has run an antique business in the USA importing antique style rubberwood furniture from the Far East. With his father based in Zimbabwe, Harper grew up between Africa and the UK, a childhood that greatly influenced his explorations in colour and form, blending traditional African shapes and pigments with abstract observations of people passing by in the street. Harper used to dream of becoming a painter, recreating his dreams on canvas and capturing these fleeting moments in paint.