David was born in Manchester as Norman Shacklock. This was a name he always disliked and at some stage adopted the pseudonym David Wilde. He studied at The Mnachester College of Art and early in his working life was employed to illustrate medical text books. Later he illustrated a series of erotic books and short stories.
After serving in the war he became a freelance artist and designer, he worked for 9 years at Carlton Press at which time he became aquainted with Peter Blake and L.S. Lowry. He died in hospital in 1978 leaving behind a large body of work covering particularly Wales, the Industrial North and many pictures which illustrated his infatuation with Marilyn Munroe.