Prof. David Park
MA FSA FIIC
David Park is emeritus professor of the Courtauld Institute of Art, and Honorary Professor of the Department of the History of Art at the University of York. At the Courtauld, he was the Director of the Conservation of Wall Painting Department, Director of the Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Centre for Buddhist Art and Conservation, and Coordinator of the National Survey of Medieval Wall Painting (now the Survey of Historic Wall Paintings in the British Isles). His work has focused on the art-historical study of wall paintings, especially of the medieval period, and efforts to improve conservation education and practice in Asia and elsewhere. The latter involved collaborative projects by the Conservation of Wall Painting Department in many countries, including Bhutan, Cyprus, Georgia and India.
With colleagues he curated the exhibition Wonder: Painted Sculpture from Medieval England (Henry Moore Institute, Leeds, 2002-3), and organised conferences including New Light in Dark Places: Recent Discoveries and New Directions in Anglo-Saxon Studies (2010) and Amaravati: The Art of an Early Buddhist Monument in Context (2014, Courtauld Institute and British Museum). His publications include Cistercian Art and Architecture in the British Isles, ed. with Christopher Norton (1986); Early Medieval Wall Painting and Painted Sculpture in England (BAR British Series, 216), ed. with Sharon Cather and Paul Williamson (1990); The Temple Church in London: History, Architecture, Art, ed. with R. Griffith-Jones (2010); and Art of Merit: Studies in Buddhist Art and its Conservation(Proceedings of the Buddhist Art Forum 2012), ed. with K. Wangmo and S. Cather (2013). David Park is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London and of the International Institute for Conservation. In 2018 a conference on Interpreting and Conserving the Cultural Heritage was held in his honour at the University of York.