David Dridan was born in Adelaide, and studied at the South Australian School of Art under Joseph Choate, and at the East Sydney Technical College, receiving encouragement from Russell Drysdale (q.v.). In 1961 he received a British Council grant to study gallery administration at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London. After a period at St. Peter's College, Adelaide, and the Art Gallery of South Australia, he established galleries at North Adelaide and Clarendon. Dridan was a close friend of both the late Edward and Ursula Hayward, and has had a long association with Carrick Hill, being a member of the Carrick Hill Interim Committee, and Deputy Chairman of the inaugural Carrick Hill Trust.
Dridan paints mostly in oil, and his landscapes show light and atmosphere reminiscent of the Heidelberg tradition. Figures are rarely found in his paintings, as he prefers to concentrate on the vegetation, form, colour and extent of the countryside, for which he has such a deep attachment.
In HILLS LANDSCAPE, 1969, the luxuriant blues and greens of the background create a subtle harmony, contrasting with the dry, brown plant forms in the foreground. Nature is here in all its variety - trees and plants provide a habitat for animals and birds, without any intrusion by people. Dridan has always believed the countryside nourishes his individual style, whether it be the great Australian "outback" or the beautiful and unique hills area where he lives south of Adelaide, and which he captures so distinctively in this work. The artist's keen eye for detail is shown in the narrow pathway which takes the viewer's gaze through the thick foliage and beyond the picture.