David Eric Lloyd, born February 15, 1943, the second child in a family of five. Father Jack, was an accountant in Whanganui; mother Nola, of farming stock. The family lived in Fordell, near Whanganui until David was nine, then moved to Whanganui, where David received most of his schooling.
In 1960 he began a two-year Diploma of Teaching course at Teachers College in Palmerston North. He spent 15 years teaching. Postings included Feilding, Kihikihi, principal of the two-teacher Te Mahoe School near Whakatane for three years, and six years at Cambridge East Primary as Deputy Principal. These 15 years also included a ‘gap-year’ which he spent in travel in England and Europe as well as 5 months teaching there. During his years travelling and in education he also developed a strong interest in the arts – an interest that he continues to cultivate.
In the late 1970s he gave up teaching, to start and run a delicatessen and health-food shop in Cambridge for three years. In 1980 he then established Davids Emporium in Hamilton – a substantial store offering large stocks of low-cost wares many other shops didn’t carry. With David’s astute business skills, the emporium flourished and was a major success. In 2003 he sold the business to his daughter and son-in-law. Since then he has devoted himself to the arts in a very wide field – painting, pottery, carving, wood-work, stonework, antiquities, antique furniture and things he likes “because I like them”.
Waikato Times feature article on David Lloyd as one of 100 prominent Hamiltonians.
David has always been interested in art and beautiful things, from the days when his grandparents were alive and who lived in a house full of what would now be considered antiques, several of which were made by his cabinet-maker trained grandfather, and of which he now has several pieces. In 1965, at the age of 22, he spent a year in Britain and on the Continent, where he visited many museums and art galleries, developing an strong appreciation for the visual arts and also music.
Back in New Zealand he continued teaching primary-school children, this time at Kihikihi School where art was a strong part of the curriculum. David became deeply involved in the arts generally, including drama, writing, poetry and other forms of creativity with children, and in his last year of teaching he entered the Te Awamutu Rosetown Print Competition. In his commercial years following his time as a teacher, his interest in art continued, to the extent where he suddenly flew to Wellington and bought two paintings in an exhibition by Darcy Nicholas, having just opened an art magazine, seen the works, and deciding immediately that he wanted them. As well, in the late 1980s, he took an interest in photography, joined a non-competitive photographic group, and built his own darkroom at home.
He found it was a good form of art to pursue while still involved in the commercial world. In 2003, just before he sold his very successful Davids Emporium business, he enrolled in a summer school for clay sculpture run by Susan Flight, “and I loved it”. He sold the business to his daughter Vanessa and threw himself into a four year ceramics diploma course – a course he didn’t complete but one which helped him step further into the world of the arts generally.
He became deeply enmeshed in that world, and in 2008 opened his own private studio and gallery at his Hamilton home. He now creates a substantial amount of art in several different forms – painting, wood construction, and the construction of art from found, new, and previously-used objects. His gallery is now used extensively for exhibitions of his own work and that of other invited artists. He currently holds an exhibition there about every six to eight weeks.
Travel became a special interest for David when he was in his early 20s, not long after he had completed his teacher training, and took a year out to explore Britain and Europe. He enjoyed the idea of travel, recognising the value of expanding both himself and his knowledge through such enterprise.
Since then, he acknowledges that he has been fortunate to be able to undertake several “trips of a lifetime” in the last few years. He attended an unveiling of a memorial in the Netherlands where his Uncle Eric Lloyd's Wellington bomber had crashed in WWII. See In Times of War exhibition. Then on an arts tour of America, and shortly afterwards an adventure in the upper reaches of the Amazon River in Brazil with an expedition to Velha Airao village to pay homage to Sir Peter Blake to commemorate the 10th anniversary of his death. See Amazonas Reunion Photography Exhibition and Amazonas.
The following year he took his daughter, Vanessa, and 13 year old granddaughter Alex, back to the Amazon. Those 2 returned at the end of the school holidays and David and his Brazilian friend Miguel flew 4 hours over the jungle before boating for 7 hours to stay in a remote and isolated village. For 5 of those 7 hours boating no other humans were sighted.
This latter, and several others similar international trips, he says, were “adventurous, rather than in the safety of taxis and hotels in big cities”. They included overland trips to the tip of Cape York in northern Queensland, followed by two separate Kidney Fund-Raising Rallies into outback Australia with long-time friend and rally driver Dusty Miller; Miller is an old flat-mate from David’s Palmerston North Teachers College days.
David has also travelled extensively in the Pacific Islands, Asia, India, Kashmir, Bali, Indonesia, North America, the Greek Islands, Turkey, the Middle East, China, Hong Kong (16 trips) Europe and South America.
New Zealand was covered extensively in 2009 on the back of a Harley Davidson motor bike, from Cape Reinga to Bluff and back to Hamilton.
“Not blowing my own trumpet,” he says with a broad smile, “but I like to get out there and do things…”
David Lloyd presenting at PechaKucha (Hamilton) in May 2012, about his Amazon expedition in homage to Sir Peter Blake, with an introduction by Dr Richard Swainson.
Much of David’s philanthropic work is, on purpose, kept low-key or anonymous. He much prefers it that way. He occasionally lends his gallery or studio to individuals who need space for a particular purpose. But he also hugely enjoys helping and tutoring the children of friends and neighbours, and frequently has individuals or small groups of youngsters in his studio after hours and at weekends, working on art projects of one sort or another.
In April 2014 he designed and donated a work of sculpture titled 'Morning Shadows' to Melville High School, created using off-cuts from Lonnie Hutchinson's sculpture Te Wahoroa ki te Ao Maarama - The Entranceway to the World of Enlightenment at the entrance to Hamilton Lake Domain. David bought two tonnes of off-cut corten steel, sight unseen, with Hutchinson’s blessing, to be used in several installations he plans within Hamilton city.
Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow was erected at Hamilton West School, using this same corten steel, in October 2014.
David describes some of his philanthropic work as “quietly helping in the background”. This includes such work as early-morning mentoring of young schoolchildren from difficult or unhappy homes, at a local school or lunchtime art at a local high school. He is also acknowledged as a special friend of the Hamilton West Primary School, which he regularly visits to work with students in the arts fields.
David supports local charities and institutions with art projects and exhibitions.
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