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Born in Salisbury, England in 1919, David Strachan moved to Victoria, Australia in 1921. He studied at the Slade School in London from 1936 to 1938 and in Paris at La Grande Chaumière in 1937. Returning to Australia, he studied painting at the George Bell School in Melbourne from 1938 to 1940 and then in Sydney at the East Sydney Technical College in 1945.
Primarily a painter, Strachan worked with Jacques Murray and became experienced at printing lithographs for other artists in Paris from 1949 to 1950. It was during this time they established the Stramur-Presse. At the same time he was interested in deep etching and published two independent prints besides etched illustrations for two editions de luxe, with 22 and 12 etchings respectively.
In 1960 he returned to Australia after 12 years away and taught at the East Sydney Technical College. He died in a car accident at Yass, near Canberra in 1970.