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David Leverett: Painter with works in the Tate had ‘a bright, inquisitive mind’

Artist died from suspected coronavirus

30 April, 2020 — By Bronwen Weatherby

David Leverett 

THE wife of a painter and printmaker whose works have hung in galleries all across the world including the Tate has paid a loving tribute after he died from a suspected case of coronavirus.

David Leverett, 82, known for a decades-long career in art, passed away at a care home in Swiss Cottage last week.

His wife. Mary Boyarski, said: “He was a restless soul because he had such a bright and inquisitive mind, and that’s why I loved him.”

Mr Leverett’s striking landscapes and abstract art had sometimes reflected his concerns about the environment. His pieces remain sought after by collectors.

He had been born in Nottingham, but moved to London to study at the Royal Academy of Arts. His work was exhibited in shows at prominent galleries around the world from Venice to New York. It can also be found in several museum collections, including in the Tate Gallery in London.

In 1990, Mr Leverett, who lived in Kentish Town for 50 years, became the inaugural recipient of the Sargant Fellowship at the British School in Rome.

David at his home art studio in Kentish Town

He was also a popular teacher at The Slade School of Fine Art in London for many years, in addition to giving workshops around the world. The school in Holborn said that it was sorry to hear of his passing.

Ms Boyarski said: “David was always very youthful. He was lively and generous and such a character, always the life of the party, a real raconteur.”

An avid tennis player and cyclist throughout his life, he was praised by those who knew him for his ability to ride his bike to the top of Highgate Hill and back again.

He did this twice a day into his 70s, and even several years after a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease in 2011.

“At some point after the pandemic is over we will have a big party because that was David’s style, and everyone will sit around and tell each other all the wild stories they have of him,” said Mrs Boyarski.

She thanked the staff at Rathmore House, a care home in Eton Avenue, and said she was grateful to her husband’s carers for their kindness and compassion while he had dementia.

Alongside his wife, Mr Leverett is survived by his two sons Jason and Simeon, step-daughters Ishta and Lara, daughter-in-law Carolyn and grand-children Landon, Parker, Asher and Carter.

A cremation service will be held at Golders Green Crematorium on May 6 at 9.30am. The service is being live streamed and anyone who would like to pay their respects or watch is asked to contact Mrs Boyarski by contacting her by email on:

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