About Piran

Piran Strange is in fact David Barrie – a father of seven, who channels his flair for painting to fund his passion for the arts.

The celebrated contemporary English artist, Piran Strange, works using a variety of mediums, with the emphasis on creating flamboyant oil paintings on a grand scale.

David chose Piran as his artistic alter-ego some years ago, while his sons, Geordie and Freddie were at art school.

Nominated as a member of the Arts Club, he is now highly regarded within the London art scene.

David’s pseudonym derives from Saint Piran, the patron saint of tin-miners, widely regarded as Cornwall’s national saint.

David’s success has resulted in his work becoming a sought-after commodity in investment houses and exchanges both in the UK and abroad. ‘Pirans’ can be found adorning the walls of City companies that include The Benfield Group, RKH Insurance Brokers Ltd, Fox Pitt Kelton, Maxcap Partners and AXIS Capital Holdings.

Privately, his work is collected by The Beckett Family Trust, The Hedley Foundation (Australia), Neil Eckert, James Findlay, the O’Keefe Collection and the Galerie des Aigles under the curatorship of the chevalier Jean Hammond amongst others.

All profits from David’s endeavours are channelled to support charitable causes with the creation of bursaries and scholarships for art students and The Piran Strange Art Prize.

He is also a trustee for the St Piran Trust – the non-profit making charitable trust established to lead the campaign to uncover the earliest known Christian edifice on mainland Britain – St Piran’s Oratory Chapel, currently buried under sand dunes near Perranporth in Cornwall.