Born in 1965, Peter grew up
in rural Staffordshire. He studied at North Staffordshire Polytechnic and gained
his degree from Wolverhampton Polytechnic. After graduation he freelanced as an
artist and card designer, but in 1990 he decided to devote himself full time to
painting. In 2004 Peter’s outstanding talent won him a place in the final of the
DeMontfort New Artist Competition. His prize was a publishing contract, taking
his status as a professional artist onto a whole new level.
Now based in North Devon Peter works in a studio attached to his home. He finds
living close to the sea a great source of inspiration, and his quirky character
pieces often include some coastal references. He also cites a range of
influences including jazz, most particularly such larger-than-life stars as Ella
Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong and Courtney Pine. Like them his work is virtuosic,
deceptively simple, and delightfully accessible. To sum up, as one collector
describes it, “sophisticated whimsy!”
Painting in heavy bodied acrylics on high weight water colour paper, his palette
is characterised by soft browns, mochas, creams and golds, while occasional
splashes of red bring the whole piece into focus. His work is held in
collections all over the world.
Martin is a Derbyshire man (Tideswell). Born in
1953 and has been producing his artwork (in very many forms) all his life. His
earlier years were also spent accumulating some of life's experiences from coal
mining, construction work, acquiring a B.A.Hons in design and teaching art to
mentally handicapped adults. However, he has made art his 'living' for the last
27 years - and his diversity of imagery and techniques comes from both his
practical abilities and an acute awareness of what he calls our 'individual
progression'. "I've always been interested in exploring anything 'new' - from
philosophies to technologies. Having experimented with 'TM' (Transcendental
Meditation) in the early 70's and 3Ds MAX (an advanced computer modelling
program) in the 2000's - I can honestly say that there is no difference, they
are just tools to find that place of creativity". As someone who is familiar
with Martin's work once said -"it's like a visual diary". Or in today's terms -
I suppose that should be 'blog'. His work is in countless private collections
all around the world, due to his many exhibitions and a 15-year stint selling it
from his stand at London's Covent Garden in the 80's and 90's.
Charlotte was born in the great naval city of Plymouth in 1973 and grew up with
a natural fascination for the sea. After training to be an illustrator at the
University of Derby and Hereford College of Art, her love of coastal life drew
her to Scotland where she was invited to become Artist in Residence at a rural
centre for the arts. Charlotte says: “The moment when I first knew I wanted to
be a professional artist was when I was asked to produce some work for a refuge
centre for women who had suffered domestic violence, and I created a series of
pieces reflecting on acceptance and harmony. The whole experience of liaising
with the refuge and seeing people's response to the finished images was
immensely rewarding and inspiring, and proved to me that art really can make a
difference.” Since becoming a professional artist Charlotte has showcased her
work throughout the South of England and has enjoyed numerous successful
exhibitions in London, York, Inverness, Galloway and Dallas, Texas. Following
her success at the Fine Art Trade Guilds Awards in 2000, where she was awarded
the prestigious title of 'Artist Exhibition Winner', her work attracted a great
deal of attention leading to the publication of her first collection of Limited
Editions, which sold out in a matter of weeks. Since then her reputation has
gone from strength to strength, and her Original Paintings, Limited Edition
Prints, Sculptures and Glassware have quickly achieved the status of collector’s
Born and bred in Huddersfield Darren graduated from Bradford Art College in 1998
and quickly rose to fame exhibiting widely with shows throughout Europe, Japan,
North America and the UK. He has also developed an impressive portfolio of
sports portraits for clubs and personalities alike, with his appointment as
official artist of The Professional Footballer’s Association (PFA) affording him
considerable recognition within the celebrity industry.
has subsequently produced portraits for other sporting personalities including
David Ginola, Peter Schmeichel, Henrik Larsson, Prince Naseem, Nigel Mansell and
Jonny Wilkinson, and PFA Footballer of the Year portraits of John Terry, Steven
Gerrard, Ruud van Nistelrooy and Teddy Sheringham, as well as a tribute to
ex-Huddersfield forward Frank Worthington, based on black and white photographs
of the player. Sporting clubs who have promoted his art include Manchester
United, Leeds United, Glasgow Celtic, Bradford City, Yorkshire Cricket, and
Leeds Rhinos. In 1999 a major exhibition of Darren Baker’s work took place at
Leeds Civic Hall. The Leeds United Retrospective saw over 30 players represented
in oils and pastels, attracting regional and national TV, radio and press
has also been commissioned to produce portraits for HRH Prince Charles and Tony
Blair, which hang in St James Palace and Downing Street respectively.
His most prestigious commission arrived when he was asked to produce a
wonderfully detailed portrait of Her Majesty the Queen; an accolade accorded to
a very small number of painters in the monarch’s lifetime.
Baker’s fine art works span a number of subjects including interiors, figurative
works, equestrian and ballet studies, portraits and landscapes. Taking
inspiration from the Old Masters and contemporary realist painters, Darren Baker
has become a leading light in the genre of Classical Realism, receiving numerous
awards including best artist at The Fine Art trade guild ceremony in London and
The Garrick Prize, Christies, London. His contemporary paintings are
increasingly sought-after by collectors internationally and hang in both public
and private art collections including the House of Lords, Downing Street and St
James Palace. Darren has recently been selected to exhibit his fine art at the
Florence Biennale, the most prestigious and respected contemporary art event in
"It was on Christmas morning, when I was twelve years old, that my mother gave
me one of the best presents I have ever received - an oil painting set. That was
the start and I have been painting ever since. I was immediately captivated by
what could be achieved with a brush, some oil paint and a few small squares of
hardboard; I used to paint on the reverse side because I thought it looked like
My mother was a weaver in a mill not far from my school and when my day there
ended, I used to walk to the mill and wait for her to finish work. I loved the
smell of the looms and talked to everybody in the spinning sheds, the burling
and mending room, the winders and tuners, along with my grandmother who was the
'cha' lady there. This is where my love of tea comes from, as well as the images
I now paint. With no formal training I have just enjoyed painting in many
different styles and with numerous subjects, developing and honing my techniques
of brush and palette knife.
Although I am Yorkshire born and bred, during my youth I spent a little while in
Cornwall. There I met two prominent artists (Keith English & Tom Gower) and
spent hours watching them paint. Conversations with them made me believe I could
be a professional artist.
However, as life goes on, marriage to my lovely wife, mortgage to whoever was
the cheapest, and children who I wouldn't be without, meant that painting
remained as a hobby. I ran my own business in video and media production for
more than 20 years and this took me around the country and abroad, filming for
many clients and running workshops teaching primary school and A-level students
the art of video making. My daughter-in-law now runs the business and this has
released me to achieve my lifelong dream of being a working artist.
In 2000, I started selling my paintings to local galleries and through them my
work went nation-wide. My older brother Colin ever-so-nicely, yet relentlessly,
forced CD's featuring my images on to many fine art publishers. This created a
good interest in my work. In 2005, I exhibited at the Autumn Fair in Birmingham
and there I was introduced to Glyn Washington of Washington Green and the rest,
as they say, is history."
"I was born in Gibraltar in
1960. My father was in the army so my family moved around the world until we
finally settled in Northamptonshire when I was twelve.
I have always had a vivid imagination and even from a young age I’ve found art
fascinating. However, it wasn’t until I came to secondary school that I was
given the encouragement from my art teacher to paint and draw in many different
ways and to let my own style grow and develop, although in those days my work
was very abstract. My art teacher encouraged me to go to Art College in London
but I chose to start work instead.
On leaving school I continued to paint in oil, but I was always experimenting
with different materials such as glass. I had a few local exhibitions but also
ventured to London with my work.
In 1981 I began to paint landscapes for the first time. Initially these were
mostly sunsets and silhouettes, but in time I began to paint pictures with more
colours and many different subjects. I met my wife in 1982 and I even gave her
photographs of my paintings to take home with her until our next date! Of course
I made sure I was in one of the photos too!
In late 1983 I sold my first painting to a recording company in Milton Keynes.
This gave me the confidence to promote my work to a wider market. This was just
the start. Over the next few years I sold about eight hundred originals to
companies like MTV Europe, The Gap and also many private collectors, many of
these being commissions which have
helped to develop my unique style of painting.
I have paintings in corporate and private collections in many countries in the
world such as France, Germany, South Korea, USA, Denmark and the United Kingdom.
The landscapes I paint are mostly ones that I’ve created in my imagination. I
like to make the pictures ‘busy’ so that each time someone looks at it they
notice something else going on. I prefer bright vivid colours that grab people’s
attention rather than drab and boring.
I am passionate about my creations and as soon as I finish a painting I am
constantly thinking of my next one. I never lose the desire to create another
work of art.
The best thing about being an artist is that I start off with a blank white
canvas and gradually, as my imagination takes over, the colours flow until I
finish with a colourful, busy story that I hope will grab people’s attention and
take their imagination to another level. I want people to enjoy my art and see
things in my paintings that also mean something personal to them.
We have 3 cats and I almost always paint a cat in my pictures – sometimes you
will have to look hard to find them!
My pictures appeal to both adults and children, each person seeing in the image
what they want to see. A child may look at it and see just a train, an adult may
look at that same train and remember a ride they took many years ago – it is all
a personal journey. Each one as individual as my art form."
When in 1993 Roy Barrett took the opportunity of redundancy
from his high profile career as Art Director with the BBC, he was able to throw
himself into combining his two great passions, painting and motoring, and turn
Since then his name has become internationally recognised for his unique style,
in which he combines his narrative abilities, with a love of all things
mechanical, to produce watercolours and oils which celebrate the beauty and
character of classic vehicles, set within contemporary and nostalgic scenarios.
Roy’s limited edition fine art lithographs of classic motorcycles are now
collected by enthusiasts worldwide, new releases in his ‘Italian Job’ series are
eagerly awaited by Mini owners, original watercolours are snapped up almost
before dry, and as word has spread Roy now finds his skills much in demand for
‘’The greatest feeling is watching the joy on a clients face as you reveal their
painting for the first time. I used to entertain people telling stories with a
TV camera, now I use a paintbrush.’’
‘’The only drawback…….I am so busy painting that my restoration projects are
taking twice as long.’’
Following the decision to produce Limited Edition Fine Art Prints from his
motorcycle paintings, even wider audiences are now able to enjoy and collect
work. With agents in this country, America and Australia, now promoting his work
through galleries, demand has grown rapidly for the Limited prints and many of
the editions are now sold out.
Although primarily known for his motorcycle paintings, Roy is continually
looking at new subject matter to which to apply his unique style. Currently he
is developing work based on a number of his favourite passions, Rock and Roll,
Aircraft, Railways, Portraiture, and the female Life-study, whilst also
endeavouring to expand the range of 'Bike' subjects.
On the rare days when he is not painting, sculpting or attending shows, Roy's
relaxation is playing guitar, working on the restoration of his Suzuki 500, and
Lambretta SX, or best of all riding around the Devon lanes on his Yamaha XS650.
David has been a professional artist for 35years. This is in recognition of his
strong and diverse body of work. One of the strengths of David's talent is his
ability to change styles and constantly reinvent himself. His creative drive
means he is always looking towards the next project.
Included within his many achievements over the years is being exhibited four
times at The Royal Academy London, The Manchester Academy of Fine Arts, The
Royal Scottish Academy, The Mall Gallery London as well as countless others.
David has certainly earned his place as one of the most exciting and collectable
artists around today.
Born in Leicester in 1969 Adam showed an early artistic talent which would
eventually lead him to graduate from Kent Institute of Art and Design in
Maidstone with a First Class Honours Degree. Following his graduation in 1992
Adam worked on several freelance projects for art galleries and magazines whilst
developing his distinctive style. In 1996 he decided to commit himself to
painting on a full time basis. His confidence was soon rewarded by invitations
to exhibit at many prestigious galleries throughout the UK and the highly
successful launch of his range of Limited Editions and Original Silkscreen
Adam draws his inspiration from the romantic element of the world around us, and
describes his work as developing on a natural slant from story-telling. His
unique view of life, characterised by stylised images, rich colours and thought
provoking narratives, continue to take the art world by storm.
Adam's unique talent has gained him the prestigious John Solomon Trophy for Best
Selling Artist of 1998, Best Up and Coming Artist for 1999 and three nominations
for Best-Selling Published Artist 2000, 2001 and 2002 from the Fine Art Trade
Guild. Demand for Adam's Original Paintings continues to grow and although his
Limited Editions and sculptures sell out on publication, but he is still seeking
new creative outlets for his ideas.
The son of the artist Tom Beecham, Greg grew up hunting, fishing, observing
nature and learning to draw—always aware of a yearning to follow in his
father’s footsteps. He remembers standing for hours with his dad, studying the
movements of whitetail deer in the woods behind their home. His dream of
studying full-time with his father had to be postponed until Greg completed a
tour in the U.S. Navy. He enlisted as a hospital corpsman and served on the
Guided Missile Destroyer the USS John S. McCain, which sailed home from Vietnam
just six days after Beecham reported for duty. Finally, in 1978, after a few
years at Southern Oregon State College, father and son dedicated themselves to
developing Greg’s fine art career. At an art show in 1985, Beecham was further
inspired by Bob Kuhn, who gave me “permission,” as Greg puts it, to play with
paint. Since then, Beecham has won many awards for his fluid unions of animal
and environment, including Best of Show, People’s Choice and Artist’s Choice
awards at the C.M. Russell Auction; Best of Show, People’s Choice and Featured
Artist honours at the Pacific Rim Wildlife Art Show, and the Wildlife Art News
Award at the Society of Animal Artist’s Art Exhibition. He was just asked to be
special guest artist at the ‘99 Southeastern Wildlife Exposition. In addition,
Beecham’s artwork has been exhibited in the Museum of Natural History in
Beijing, China and is in the permanent collection of the Leigh Yawkey Woodson
Museum and the Clymer Museum in Ellensburg, Washington. A devout Christian, Greg
Beecham honours the beauty of creation while raising his children to become
productive, caring people and remaining a loving husband to his wife of more
than twenty years. “I try to create interesting compositions, complimented by
dynamic colour harmonies, light and value,” he says. “My motto? Do all things
unto the Lord and get so good you can’t be ignored.”
Rozanne Bell is the epitome of fun.
She is a flamboyant gregarious character with a unique creative imagination that
knows no bounds. Rozanne has a sunny disposition, full of originality and wit.
She is an exciting and entertaining person; full of energy and vibrancy and her
art mirrors all these qualities. Rozanne has five children and her artwork is
embroidered into the heart of her family life.
Rozanne Bell was born in Zimbabwe and she lived there for 40 years. She
exhibited all over southern Africa and, through tourism, an American market for
her work evolved. From Guernsey to Ghana her paintings hang in many banks and
boardrooms all over the world.
In 2002, the situation in Zimbabwe necessitated Rozanne's move to England.
Rozanne's ability to adapt to a new environment coupled with her optimistic
determination to succeed had brought a breath of fresh air to the British art
The latest works by Rozanne Bell
exhibit her unique view of an architectural landscape encompassing a curious and
whimsical character combined with a realism and grittiness unequalled in the art
world today. Rozanne Bell's sense of fun and artistic integrity combine to
create highly desirable microcosms inhabited by the peoples of one's
The subjects of Rozanne Bell's
paintings are novel; new and full of vitality. The influence of her African
upbringing combined with the injection of British humour has ensured that
Rozanne's paintings are much in demand. With no restriction of formal art
training, Rozanne is able to cultivate her natural flair and zany approach. Her
disciplined inspiration has provided exhibitions in Surrey, Dorset and Suffolk.
Gary Benfield was born December 6th, 1965 in Birmingham, England. He studied art
at Stourbridge College of Art (1982 – 1984) and at Wrexham College of Art (1984
– 1986). In 1986, Benfield became a professional freelance illustrator. After
leaving the academic world he set up his own studio near London and concentrated
on drawing and painting figures. Within a few years, his work was being
collected throughout Europe and his reputation had become firmly established.
Benfield has a natural talent for depicting things as seen. His work is
spontaneous and reflected by his drawn lines and dashes of colour. The figures
dissolve in and out of their backgrounds and move across the canvas. He paints
rapidly and discards most of his paintings and drawings, keeping only those he
feels are perfected in their conception rather than overwork those that are not
correct. His paintings represent a discrete world of objects which combine
figures, mythology, nature, and still life. Despite the casual appearance of his
compositions, all imagery is highly organized, and after long observations one
finds the hidden symmetry and beauty beneath the layers of finery. The
background of his paintings is soft, reminiscent of Leonardo de Vinci’s sketches
and sepia tones, most of it defined only with pencil and a slight highlight of
colour. For Benfield, the world around him is a continuous sequence of
fortuitous events. Objects and figures intertwine in his mind, they dance, they
fuse and one adopts the colour and life of another. We are drawn into an
intimate world of his imagery, where sensuality and delight in life’s form are
combined in a flight of frolic and fantasy. Benfield is considered to be one of
the most renowned contemporary artists in the art world today. His work is
collected by art collectors worldwide.
Hamish comes from a theatrical background. His childhood home was a place where
extraordinary things happened. Drawing was the original expression. Hamish would
draw an awful lot, trying to emulate other artists, to understand how they
created what they did.
Having stubbornly lived in the world of black and white, Hamish made himself
paint at age 18. This was the first time he had made a painting so seriously. It
was a portrait of his Dad. This was the turning point. Painting replaced drawing
completely. He studied at Wimbledon School of Art and Kingston University, and
only drew again at college to completely give it up when he left. He now paints
immediately, considering preparatory sketches unnecessary.
Hamish became an illustrator shortly after leaving college and received a
national award. He now paints full time.
Joe Bowen lives in the heart
of Mid Wales with his family, amongst rolling hills and valleys which provide a
constant source of inspiration.
His work has developed over many years from traditional figurative painting
through a number of stages to the more liberal and vigorous style he now
Joe Bowen's paintings sell prolifically in the UK and have been collected
Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen is the UK’s
premier celebrity designer and artist. His unique personal approach fuses
contemporary minimalism with the glamour of styles gone by, and his enormous
popularity has established his status as an arbiter of taste for the British
Laurence was born in 1965 in London. In 1986 he graduated with honours from
Camberwell School of Arts and Crafts and embarked on a career in design.
Initially he worked for a company specialising in industrial flooring and was
responsible for many of their best selling designs.
From here Laurence went on to work with a team of interior designers, eventually
setting up his own design consultancy which has undertaken an impressive range
of multi-million pound refurbishments. His latest venture is the launch of a
portfolio of stunning artwork inspired by his love of historical art and
Kay Boyce was born in Sheffield. As a child she would often spend hours
at a time drawing on rolls of wallpaper; this was the beginning of her passion
for drawing. Kay Boyce studied illustration at college before working as a
Freelance Illustrator. She produced editorial work for Woman's Weekly, Bella, My
Weekly, Sunday Express and Woman's Own.
Boyce's illustration work has carried her through to major book publishers such
as Hodder & Staughton, Wadsworth Romantics, Mills & Boon and Mandarin. Although
Kay Boyce is proud of her achievement in commercial illustration her true
vocation is as an artist.
Boyce's career as an Artist has flourished; her pastel and pencil drawings have
become instantly recognisable. Kay Boyce is often to be found working in her
studio at her home in the Glyn Morlas valley, near Oswestry, with the background
voices of Radio 4.
It is her empathy for the female form in movement, combined with a love of
original Victorian clothes and antiques which she collects that inspire her to
produce the soft, yet sensual images that have become her trademark. There is a
fine line between eroticism and sensuality and Kay Boyce achieves the right
balance. Kay Boyce also draws inspiration, from famous works such as those by
Edgar Degas, Botticelli and Alma Tasimer: their use of composition and how they
portray the texture in their materials intrigue her.
Kay Boyce rarely titles her images herself, although there is one particular
title that holds a place in her heart: 'Little Lizzy', this is the pet name her
Father gave her when she was a young girl.
PETER BROOK RBA (1927 – 2009)
Peter Brook was born in the
winter of 1927 in the Pennine village of Scholes near the 'summer wine'
county of Holmfirth. His parents
were farmers initially and Peter grew up among milk carts, helping with the haymaking and drinking
ginger beer made by his grandmother. Both winter and the Pennines would continue to play a large
part in this Yorkshire painter’s life.
Peter was educated at
Barnsley Grammar School before moving on to teacher training at Goldsmiths College, part of London
University, where he visited exhibitions and galleries whilst also attending
evening classes in life drawing.
After two years in the RAF Peter returned to Yorkshire where he became a
teacher in Rastrick, near Brighouse,
West Yorkshire. There he married Molly.
In Brighouse he found
everything he needed to test his skills and start his life in art: its
factories, stone built houses, colours, shapes and
people. Initially he used thick paints, but this didn't give him the effect
he wanted. This came when he
began to mix very fine sandstone from a nearby quarry into the paint for the buildings, which gave them
more substance and more power and was contrasted with his smooth sky lines which might be made using
rags, rollers or his fingers.
In 1960 Peter had his first
one man exhibition at the Wakefield City Art Gallery. It was a success and
favourably reviewed in The
By 1962 Peter had been
elected a member of the Royal Society of British Artists. Now he was
teaching at Sowerby Bridge Grammar
School, building up a successful art department, taking pupils out to draw
the surrounding country: 'if you
want a subject, look around you'.
Two very successful
exhibitions in the Queens Square Art Gallery, Leeds in the mid sixties were
followed by another show at the
University of York in 1968.
Peter would say that 'All
the time there have been places that caught my imagination, places that I
feel very strongly about that I've had
However, like other great
artists Peter wasn't about to stand still and continue to paint the same
images in the same style. Having
discovered a set of old victorian photographs of Yorkshire he was inspired
by the possibilities these offered.
He loved the print-like quality, a process that interested him. Thick paint
was replaced by much thinner
paint with smooth finishes but the paintings had great depth and interest. For Peter the title is very
much an important part of the painting, adding poetry and humour to the
paintings whilst also making the
observer think, as the title may not always be obvious when first looking at
David Burk is a self taught artist from Buckinghamshire, who started painting in
1999 to pass the time after injuries brought a halt to his carpet fitting
career, and sport of motorcycle trials riding.
"I was pretty bored just sitting there, and was grateful when the F1 season
started and I had something to cheer about. As with most television viewers, we
tend to have our favourites, and I seem to applaud the underdog. I was delighted
to see Eddie Irvine take the 1999 season opener, and revived a childhood hobby
by trying to paint a tribute to this first win. It took me months, but I made
quite a nice job of it! In the meantime, Eddie won again, team mate Michael
Schumacher broke his leg, and Ferrari were seemingly pushing Eddie toward the
title. I had all the inspiration I needed, and kept painting." 7 years on
and some 40 paintings later, David is now a highly regarded motor sport artist.
He has covered most forms of motor sport including Formula One, World Rally,
Endurance and Historic racing, and is now leaning further toward his real
passion of motorcycle racing. His work has been officially endorsed with driver
signed editions from Sir Stirling Moss, 2001 World Rally Champions Richard Burns
and Robert Reid, and Bentleys’ 2003 Le Mans winner Guy Smith.
had the pleasure of meeting so many of my heroes, I really have lost count. I’m
still a passionate fan first and foremost, so I have some superb memories, not
to mention some tremendous personalised memorabilia from heroes of mine, who
have taken time out to actually meet me! It can be an extremely rewarding job."
John was born in Styvechale,
Coventry, in 1970. His artistic talents were realized from an early age. He has
spent most of his artistic life producing portraits and studies of animals in
graphite pencil. Only recently has he taken to painting.
His painting 'Wise Man of Africa' won him a prize
and a position amongst the best of British Artists in The Daily Mails' "Not the
Turner Prize". John’s talent enables him to produce a wide and varying range of
painting - from detailed and photographic to impressionist and contemporary.
Daniel Cannon was born in Guildford in 1970. Always creative, Daniel's main
working life has been spent as a Gardener. In 2009, Daniel met his Wife Wendy in
Yorkshire and his life then changed enormously. Wendy (already an Artist)
inspired and encouraged Daniel to 'give it a go' and since then he has gone from
strength to strength and never looked back. Now two years on and several
successful exhibitions and numerous commissions, Daniel's extraordinary bright
and fresh style is becoming increasingly popular and is getting more and more
well known around West Yorkshire and Lancashire where he is fully booked up with
Exhibitions until the end of 2012. Daniel paints from his imagination using
Acrylics which is his favoured medium. His work has also been featured in papers
for supplying a local Restaurant with his Artwork, which also brought more
commissioned work from other Restaurants. 'Painting is my life now and brings
me such a sense of peace and achievement that I just don’t get from doing
Born in Tanganyika, East Africa to an Austrian mother and Scottish father, Pam
moved to Scotland at the age of thirteen. She graduated from Glasgow School of
Art in the seventies and immediately embarked on a career in teaching. After
being based in Braidfield High School for four years, she took a year out to
study in Chicago, then spent a further two years teaching art in the glorious
setting of the Seychelles. From the mid-eighties she taught in various colleges
until in August 2004 she gave up her academic career to concentrate on painting
Pam's dazzling seascapes originate on the rugged West Coast of Scotland with its
isolated cottages and wild colours and amongst the majestic cliffs and fishing
villages of the East Coast. In her own words: "A sense of a place is important
in my work but for me it's not about capturing a scene with complete accuracy.
Sometimes it is the elements and the untamed force of nature that inspire, but
more than anything it is the essential quality of the light which can be found
in the Scottish land and seascape. I often interpret the scene with abstract
elements allowing the paint to work for me. I translate this light in terms of
contrast and colour - often bold but always with subtlety and balance. I
ultimately want to create a visual sensation and pleasing image."
Pam's award winning artwork is held in an impressive range of private and
corporate collections. She has also held numerous solo exhibitions throughout
Britain and in the USA and has participated in several group shows including the
Royal Scottish Society (RSA), the Royal Glasgow Institute (RGI), Visual Arts
Scotland (VAS), and the Paisley Art Institute (PAI). She gained an award from
each of the latter three venues.
Graham Carver has an uncanny instinct for finding and painting the scenes of our
imagination. His sunbathed work creates deep nostalgia, a longing for hot
unworried summers, and the rural idyll. He has an extraordinary ability to
capture a sense of peace and safety of a pastoral England as once it must have
been. After a Norfolk childhood, Graham studied art and design at Hornsey
College, London before going on to study painting at Leeds College of Art.
Having settled in Yorkshire he taught art and design for a number of years
before becoming a full time professional painter. Graham’s works are in private
collections all over the globe and he has had exhibition success in the national
watercolour competition sponsored by Singer and Friedlander and the Sunday
Times, his work has been well received in leading galleries throughout the North
of England as well as the Bank Side and Mall galleries in London and his signed
limited edition prints are widely collected.
Casas was born in a small mountain village above the Spanish port of Alicante in
1952. He began his painting career in his home town as a child and specialises
in still life work. Casas has developed, throughout his professional career, a
style known as hyper-realism. The quality of his brush work is remarkable with
his subject and the application of light and shade within his compositions is
outstanding. His work sells widely throughout Europe and the USA and is in many
national and international private collections.
Born in Brazil in 1960, Henderson grew up in a small village near Maringa. His
talent for painting was clear from as early age, but he never considered
pursuing a career as an artist. Instead he entered the banking profession and
continued to enjoy painting as a hobby. By the mid 1980s however, Henderson had
become convinced that art meant more to him than banking! In 1986 he moved to
London in order to study painting, and to make his passion his profession. He
has never looked back and now paints full time in his London studio.
A seasoned traveller, Henderson has spent time in Europe, Australia and of
course his native South America. While he loves the ocean and has always found
it a source of inspiration and joy, he is also a true city-dweller, and many of
his most inspirational works feature scenes from the world’s most beautiful
cities. Painting in acrylic, oil or watercolour on canvas, Henderson’s trademark
palette utilises cool, soft tones to convey the atmosphere of his subject. His
works are regularly displayed in London galleries and at international art
“I love the effect that weather has on the urban landscape and must confess to a
particular fondness for the rain! Not only does it cast interesting shadows and
reflections on the slick sidewalks, but it also dictates the stance of the
figures. Their slightly defensive postures and hunched shoulders lend a very
specific, and to my mind curiously engaging, mood to the overall scene.”
Carol was born in Worcestershire in 1957, and grew up in the Georgian town of
Stourport. She began drawing and painting from a very early age and won two
National Paintings competitions by the age of 11. Although she would have loved
a career in the art world, she was also very mathematically minded and initially
trained as a salaries and wages clerk within the NHS service, this she did for 8
years until she had a family in 1982. In 1987 she opened a gallery in her home
town, and in the late 90’s with her family now grown, she was able to dedicate
more time and pursue her wish to paint. She is very diverse in what she paints,
from commissions of animals, buildings and also her contemporary side which is
reflected in her landscapes and seascapes.
Lea was born in Bradford in 1956 and lived there nearly all her life. For the
last 20 years she has lived in Queensbury. She has always loved to draw from
being a child and would draw women’s faces. At school she loved art and was very
enthusiastic towards it but didn’t think she had any talent. Her art teacher was
disappointed when she didn’t apply to go to Art College, instead moving into
hairdressing. In her late 30’s Lea changed careers, starting to teach and use
her art skills to full advantage. She teaches adult craft and gifts and creative
card making. She has been doing this for 10 years and recently started teaching
watercolour painting. The use of watercolour paint has always featured in her
teaching, and started to paint seriously for herself about 6 years ago. Living
in Queensbury gives her the opportunity to see rural life and the countryside.
It also provides wonderful sunrises and sunsets that she constantly takes
photographs of to use as references for her painting. Lea enjoys all aspects of
painting and likes to experiment with colour, texture and form. Everything she
produces is done with a love of the subject and looks forward to the next
project with the same enthusiasm.
Born in Mirfield, West Yorkshire, Nigel Cooke joined the Merchant Navy after
leaving school and subsequently has held a number of jobs on the road to
becoming a full-time artist.
Nigel Cooke sold his first painting at the age of 14 and joined Butlins as their
resident caricaturist and entertainer in 1992. He later went on to open
caricature concessions on Blackpool’s Central Pier and Pleasure Beach, in the
Trafford Centre Mall in Manchester, and at Alton Towers.
During this time Nigel Cooke estimates the number of caricatures completed from
live sittings to be in excess of 50,000.
Nigel Cooke has also worked as a character designer for the Honk Kong based
C.I.M International and remains a member of the National Caricature Network in
the USA, a body he joined in 1996.
“My art is mainly humorous figurative paintings of people interacting.
Naturally, this has its foundations in my lifelong dedication to portraiture,
caricature, humorous illustration and character design.
Although I did art to ‘A’ level standard I
never really considered it as a career option as my real ambition was to work
with animals. However, as a youngster I was discouraged by teachers from doing
this, who suggested that I think of a ‘real’ job instead. This was reason that I
actually ended up becoming a teacher. On doing this job I found that I was not
suited to it at all and subsequently left with absolutely no idea what I was
going to do.
Over a period of time I tried my hand at a variety of jobs ranging from farming
to forklift truck driving, with no real sense of direction. In my late 30`s I
worked with my father as a sign writer and lettering artist for a number of
years, until computers and modern technology, as with most people, did me out of
a job. Again I had to rethink what career path I wanted to take. I had been
experimenting again with my art in any spare time that I had, doing animal
commissions and trying out different mediums and techniques.
It had long been a dream of mine to live by the coast and one day I made a spur
of the moment decision to move to Devon, with
the intention of one day becoming a full-time artist.
My first real opportunity to show my art came when the gallery in Kingsbridge,
where I live, changed hands and I plucked up the courage to go and show them my
portfolio. I was delighted when the owners took some pieces to try, and I’m glad
to say that, I have not looked back since. I exhibit with them regularly, which
leaves little time to do anything for anyone else. I have, however, submitted to
and had work selected for P.A.W.S., a national wildlife art competition, and was
delighted to win the monochrome section award. I have also had my work exhibited
at the ‘Society of Wildlife Artists’ exhibition at the Mall Galleries.
Coulson grew up surrounded by his famous father’s evocative paintings. The
artist had a great love and enthusiasm for cars and would often draw his
favourite models repetitively on pieces of paper gleaned from his supportive
father. Unbelievably, his early love of all things artistic only earned him a D
grade in the subject at school. Business called as it always does to school
leavers and Lawrence went into retailing and worked his way to the top of a
local family firm as the sales and marketing manager.
It was during this time that his father once again encouraged him to pursue his
artistic talent by suggesting that he should try painting and in his
professional opinion the paintings that followed were very encouraging.
Several paintings and a months later the artist was given the opportunity to
display some of his work in a local pub in Cambridge – no more than a week later
he had sold his first painting for £30.00. His painting continued throughout
the eighties during any spare time that was available and gradually built up a
good reputation with the galleries in his local area who were starting to sell
more and more of his work.
His “big break” came in the mid-nineties when a friend suggested he display his
work at the restaurant he owned on a commission-free basis. A private
exhibition was held soon afterwards and many of his paintings were bought by
galleries and art collectors alike.
Over the next year,
Lawrence Coulson was
under pressure to work harder than ever before, using up every minute of his
spare time to keep up with demand while still working his full-time job as
manager. It was only at the point of complete exhaustion that he realised that a
choice between the two careers had to be chosen.
Independence Day, 1997 he officially declared himself an artist. With galleries
selling out and public interest forever rising, one could say that this artist
has gone from strength to strength defying so-called academic odds and proving
himself as a professional.
"I came to England from Belfast in 1972 as many Irish did at that time, I now
live with my wife Marion in Birmingham, a large and very busy city, I take my
inspiration from the urban world, the man going to work, the
hurly burly of the city and the way you can be in
a crowed but still alone.
I have been painting now for over 30 years, trying to draw and work is difficult
but I can not imagine my life without art. I can work in all mediums but I am
drawn to pastels at the moment in a quite stark monochrome style. I am trying to
achieve a modern twist to familiar subjects.
As a self taught artist I do not have the boundaries on my work that you can
find sometimes with an artist who has attended art college, as I don’t know if
it is the right or wrong technique, it is the way I create naturally. I have
been painting and drawing since the age of 12, quite simply it is in my blood.
I am at my most content with a brush or pastel in my hand. The world disappears,
it’s a strange feeling, like falling down the rabbit hole,
and I often forget to eat or drink when I am drawing…it truly is a passion."
DAINES, SHERREE VALENTINE
Sherree was born in Effingham in Surrey. After completing her early education, she studied at the
Epsom School of Art, where she undertook a fine art course. A young, sensitive
and highly accomplished artist, Sherree has a fascination and love for people
and the social scene. This passion is shown through her impressionist style on
canvas. Her paintings of Henley Regatta, Royal Ascot and more recently her
images of tennis and golf, have made Sherree particularly renowned in the
sporting world. Many will remember Sherree being featured on BBC Television
painting the Test Cricket Grounds. Sherree is a highly accurate and factual
artist. Her insistence on authenticity and her careful eye for detail has been
recognised resulting in an important commission on the British Sporting Field
which has enhanced her growing reputation as a prominent sporting artist.
Sherree has had many successful exhibitions at venues such as the Mall
Galleries, the Royal Portrait Society in London. Important collectors of her
work include members of the Royal Family.
“I can remember drawing from an early age, and was first introduced to oil
painting at Stonyhurst College, Lancashire. I revelled in the fact that I could
make my indelible mark on my own canvas, just like the great painters before me.
Hundreds of hours were spent in the ‘Art Room’, where I learnt many of the
techniques I use today. I was given a great freedom in my art classes and
achieved grade A's in GCSE and A-level Art & Design. Moving to Birmingham, I
successfully completed a BTEC National Diploma in Art & Design at Bourneville
In the time waiting for the paint to dry, I found that music and song writing
was another creative output for me. I formed a guitar band and spent a few years
performing all over the UK and Ireland. Music is still an abiding passion of
mine. However I found myself continually drawn back to the canvas, and in 2002 I
threw myself into my art and dedicated all my time into developing my own unique
style that I hope will eventually lead me to stand out from the current leading
artists of the world. After successfully exhibiting and selling my work in some
carefully chosen galleries around the country, I later had the opportunity to
show five new pieces at the Autumn Fair in Birmingham 2004. This was my
opportunity to get a first hand reaction from art collectors, galleries and many
of the larger publishing houses. I was overwhelmed with such a great response to
my work and this was a huge boost to my confidence.”
Born in a coastal
town of North Wales, Kerry's talent was fuelled by a love of beautiful old
picture books (Rackham, Dulac and Beardsley were favourites), which developed
into a degree in illustration in 1996.
Following University she worked in South America before returning to the U.K. to
work as a designer and illustrator for an exclusive company, specializing in
sculptured clay murals for private residences in the Middle East, United Arab
Emirates and the U.S.A.
Kerry now works independently from her studio at home in North Wales, using all
of these influences and her artistic flexibility to create pieces of art in a
wide variety of subjects.
Her acrylic paintings are uniquely formed upon board or canvas first, using
texture and gessos. The colour is then built upon in layers to create depth. Her
abstract pieces were initially based upon satellite photographs of Earth which
created the 'Volcanic' Collection in 2005/2006. This has since diversified to
include contemporary landscapes and figure-work, all carrying her unique style.
Kerry's work has become increasingly sought after by collectors, and in 2007 she
was a finalist in the 'Best Up-and-Coming Published Artist' category in the Fine
Art Trade Guild Awards, as voted by sales in UK Galleries.
Born in Barcelona in 1946. Having completed his studies in 1966, he spent
several years illustrating numerous books and other publications and in 1971 he
became sub-editor of an art magazine in Madrid. Whilst living in Madrid, he
explored the techniques of pastels and was very successful in selling his work
to the galleries in around the city and later in Southern France. During this
time he began to develop an authoritative style and composition in the use of
pastels, using a toned paper as an integral part of the background to his
subject. His work quickly became recognised as being of exceptional quality and
with his paintings selling with continual success; in 1975 he resigned from the
magazine and became a fully professional artist. Domingo’s work is now collected
and appears alongside many other contemporary artists standing who are
distinguished painters in their own right. In the past five years, his work has
appreciated considerably and he is now able to name his own price.
Terry Evans was
born in 1943 in Romford, Essex. He is a big, outgoing and popular man, which
he modestly puts down to being born under the sign of Aries the Ram. He
started painting for self-satisfaction; his subjects were portraits,
racing-cars and dogs. He dabbled with watercolour and acrylics, and then he
tried oils. He explains that this was a turning point in his career as he
found the expressive freedom of working in paint that stayed workable for
days. A second breakthrough came when he used oils to paint landscapes. By
popular demand he turned professional and for many years he has enjoyed a
runaway success. The renowned artist Charles Lefar inspired his unique and
distinctive style. It is characteristic of Evans that he openly acknowledges
the debt that he owes to the older artist. But Terry Evans has taken the
approach further and developed it into a unique style of his own. An “Evans”
is much more detailed and crisper in technique than his mentors work. Not
only does Evans wield his palette knife with aplomb but he also adds fine
subtle touches with a thin long–haired sable. He generously loads the canvas
with oil paint, lavishly applied with gusto. The canvas groan under the
weight of his impasto sculptured landscapes. The penny-pinching disciplines
of formal fine art training are completely unobserved. Terry Evans has also
added his own subject preferences to the style. The paintings tell of a
wilderness with running water, rock, glades, pools, mountains, trees and
flowers. His pictures are of unspoilt nature in the raw. Not even an old
rotting fence-post is allowed to spoil these landscapes. No-where in an
Evans will you find a trace of mankind? He has exhibited in his own one-man
shows in Langres Gallery New York, Stravanger Norway, Rubens Gallery Miami,
Singapore, London and elsewhere. His pictures ere collected by a wide
public, among others, The Russian Ambassador to London, Barclays Bank and
the Queen of Ghadaf Saudi Arabia. The Queen gave him a personal gift of an
18-carat gold pen and pencil set when he delivered her paintings! He says
that he only wants to produce good work. The result is an abundance of
lavish lush landscapes that exude a love of oil paint and a lust for organic
unspoilt nature. The paintings are sensual and physically tactile, the
observer wants to touch the paint, but beware, the paint stays wet for
FLINT, SIR WILLIAM
In December 1969, Sir William Russell Flint died, aged 89,
leaving behind one of the finest and most sought after collections of
4th April 1880, his remarkable talent was discovered at an early age.
Having been a student at the Royal Institution School of Art in Edinburgh, and
serving a six year apprenticeship at a large printing works, he decided to move
to London to become a medical illustrator at the age of 20.
In 1903 he joined the Illustrated London News which took his talents to the far
reaches of the British Empire thanks to its extensive distribution.
He married Sibylle Sueter in 1905 and eventually became a freelance artist in
1907 which lead him to illustrate a number of classical limited editions such as
Mallory's 'Morte D'Arthur', Chaucer's 'Canterbury Tales' and Homer's 'Odyssey'.
He served in the First World War and became Admiralty Assistant Overseer -
Airships. This took him back to his native Scotland, where in 1919 he painted a
tiny watercolour called' Hilda's Bonnet' on the linen of a fragment of HM
Airship 24 which he had previously commanded.
Post World War I, William Russell Flint's artistic career began to flourish. He
painted in France and Spain (until the Civil War), where he produced wonderful
paintings reflecting the local scenery and culture.
He was elected Associate of the Royal Academy in 1924, full member in 1933 and
in 1936 became President of the Royal Society of Painters in Watercolour. After
living in Devon during the Second World War, he and his wife moved back to
London where the post war period became Russell Flint's greatest.
His talent with both the watercolour medium and his skill in depicting the
female form created a hallmark style which would later become legendary.
In 1947 William Russell Flint was knighted. In 1962 his work was acknowledged by
a retrospective exhibition in the Diploma Gallery of the Royal Academy. At the
time, Charles Wheeler, the President, paid tribute to the artist, describing his
watercolour technique as a 'baffling skill'.
“I can remember wanting to stay late at primary school to finish my painting and
if I remember correctly, I took the specialised art of 'drawing on walls' to a
new level. During my years at Felsted in Essex, my main interest was always in
the art room. It was something that I felt confident with and had great
After leaving school I continued to paint and draw and developed an interest in
the history of painting. This interest led me to apply to my local college to
study an art course. Rembrandt, Van-Gogh and Delacroix were particular
favourites of mine.
On completion of my college course, I really wanted to find some sort of
employment that would make use of my skills. I did a variety of jobs which went
on until one day, I came across a small business called 'Round the Corner' who
specialised in 'Theme' restaurants. I continually pestered the manager to let me
design a mural for them and before long I had secured a job doing what I always
wanted to do - painting.
My ideas and inspirations come from just about anywhere - from the ring left by
the morning cuppa to the light of an evening sunset. With my most recent
landscape paintings, the idea is a simple one. The inspiration comes from my
When I first moved to the east coast I found the landscapes frustrating. Gone
were the landmarks, the mountains that I loved as a child in Wales, the rushing
streams and the wooded glens, but I have learned to love the land that surrounds
me, the changes in colours throughout the year from partly flooded fields of
flint and mud in the winter, to seas of billowing wheat fields in the summer.
I have come to realise that it is not what you see, but how you see it.”
"My artistic ability emerged at a very early age. At the age of eight I have a
clear memory of having a fascination with ‘paint by numbers,’ and painting
overtook any other form of amusement. I’m happy to say that I no longer use this
During my secondary school years in Devon I excelled in art, and by the end of
my school life, art seemed the most appropriate and natural career path for me
to follow. The big catalyst for me, however, was watching a film about the work
of David Shepherd. It was so exciting and inspiring that it immediately sparked
off my interest in painting wildlife in oils. After leaving college in Cornwall
in 1982, I gradually made the transition from technical illustration to oil
painting over the following eight years.
By 1990 I was painting wildlife full-time, and following my first solo
exhibition at Marwell Hall (Marwell Zoological Park) in Hampshire, I began my
regular visits to Africa. I have been traveling to various countries in Africa
ever since and feel that my work improves with each exciting trip, as well as my
understanding of the natural world. The inspiration for the work I do comes from
the animals and the landscapes that I see around me. Hardly a day goes by when I
don’t see something that makes me wonder what it would look like as a painting!
I always try to imagine how I could ‘improve’ the real thing and create a more
powerful effect in paint. It is largely the light and atmosphere around the
subject that makes me want to paint it. Given the choice of a cheetah with no
light or a dead tree in glorious sunlight – I would sooner paint the tree.
Whenever possible I also like to remind people about conservation. It has been
said many times before, but we really are the only destructive creatures on this
fragile planet. If we don’t look after this world, which belongs to all life -
not just the human race, we and everything else around us will eventually suffer
Born in Marple, Cheshire, 65 years ago, Bill Geldart was educated at Hyde
Grammar school. His earliest memories are of drawing scenes from neighbouring
woodlands and impressions of Saturday matinees. After National Service working
as a photographer with an RAF fighter squadron based in Germany, he spent some
time at the Regional College of Art in Manchester and was in and out of a series
of poorly paid and boring jobs before joining Cheshire Life magazine, eventually
becoming Art Editor for six years.
He decided to 'go it alone' in 1979 and today he works from his home in Henbury
near Macclesfield in Cheshire where he and his wife Anne also run the Geldart
Gallery. Bill travels extensively abroad - one drawing trip took him to Hong
Kong for four weeks - and has enjoyed book and magazine illustration as well as
commissions from such bodies as Manchester International Airport, The Sunday
Times and the Halle Orchestra.
Bills subjects range from scenes in and around the north -west to characters
both real and imaginary and he has exhibited in some of the UK's most
prestigious galleries and even had a BBC television documentary made about his
life and work. Bill still spends his days drawing the places, people and animals
he so loves and is enjoying his greatest popularity among his many admirers.
Jonathan Gilkes, an Artist
whose supreme skill and versatility recognise no boundaries, has long been
acknowledged as one of the nation's finest painters of the female form. Now,
with the publication of his first wildlife studies, Jonathan Gilkes is destined
to achieve the same status in this genre, not only because of the hyper-real
nature of his images, but because his techniques with light and texture, his
sheer skill and artistry, breathe living movement into his subjects. Born in
1963, Jonathan Gilkes studied at Camberwell School of Art where he specialised
in Life Drawing and the study of Art History, in particular the Dutch Masters of
whom De Heem and Vermeer have most influenced his work. A traditionalist who
totally rejects modern paintings aids and shortcuts, Jonathan Gilkes invests
inestimable hours of painstaking work into every image he creates, working
scientifically with the inherent properties of his medium, building layer upon
layer of paint and glaze until he achieves the smoothest of surface finishes and
perfect realism in tone and texture.
Toni Goffe studied painting and illustration at Southampton College of Art in
Hampshire between 1952-1956, gaining a National Diploma in Design. On completing
the course, he moved to London where he freelanced as an illustrator within an
advertising agency, while also playing professionally in many notable jazz
bands. Throughout this period, he continued to study painting with a number of
private teachers and also started illustrating children's books on a freelance
In 1960, Toni Goffe married and moved back to Hampshire where he and his wife
started The Pendulum Gallery in Selborne, specialising first in natural history
subjects and later modern paintings. The Gallery also provided Toni with a
platform to exhibit his own illustrations, original gouaches and pastels, as
well as those of other local artists.
In 1982, he moved to Boston, USA, to direct The John Stobart Gallery on Lewis
Wharf, concentrating solely on oil painting and being privileged to study the
medium with John Stobart. He exhibited in numerous galleries along the East
Coast between 1982 and 1985, in both mixed and one-man shows.
Toni Goffe returned to Hampshire in England with his family in 1985, continuing
to work freelance as an illustrator and painter. His landscapes and seascapes
won him great acclaim, with exhibitions both in the UK and Ireland. His local
gallery, The Allen Galley in Alton, has held a one-man exhibition of his work
regularly over the last ten years, and his work continues to be in much demand
across the Home Counties as well as further afield.
He received formal recognition for his work in 1993 when he received the Gold
Medallion Book Award for his illustrations for the children's book, 'Just In
Case You Ever Wonder'. He joined Washington Green in 1999, with six of his
originals produced as lithographs featuring his pet cats Mungo and Mingus.
Ray Goldsbrough, as a youngster living in Sunderland,
spent a lot of his free time drawing, and by the age of 13, his art teacher
helped Goldsbrough to get into Sunderland Art College
as a day release student.
Eventually Goldsbrough went on to study full-time at the college, initially on a
year's General Studies course, then on to a three year Graphic Art course, more
commonly known then, as Commercial Art.
On leaving college with his portfolio, Goldsbrough was employed by one of the
biggest print firms in Newcastle and was taught the finer aspects of commercial
art, lettering, logos, finished art and illustrations- a great foundation for
the work he now does for Solomon & Whitehead Publishers.
About 11 years ago, Ray Goldsbrough was offered the opportunity to take early
retirement - computers cannot take the place of a drawing board and paintbrush!
So he decided to 'go it alone' and pursue what had been a hobby and turn it into
a career. At first, he completed work mainly for family and friends, but an
ex-colleague who was a follower of Motor sport, and had seen a gap in the market
of motor racing art, approached Ray. A copy of a picture of Jim Clark, which he
had been commissioned to paint was sent to the Motor sport magazine with a press
release and this led to various commissions and exhibiting work at various motor
In 1995, Ray Goldsbrough was approached by Solomon & Whitehead who asked him to
produce a painting of Carl Fogarty for publication, and the rest as they say, is
history. Some ten Limited Editions have been published in the 'Foggy' series and
have all Sold-Out.
The only medium Ray Goldsbrough has used is gouache (watercolors) - he has not
dared to venture away from the tried and tested materials that he was brought up
with. Goldsbrough feels that over the last seven years, his style has changed
and that he has become more daring with the use of vibrant colour, which is not
lost in the Publishing process.
Govinder Nazran trained at
Art College, where he studied Graphic Design in the early 80's.He went on to
study at London Art College, completing a Diploma in Graphic Design,
specialising in Illustration, in 1985.
After six months in London, he moved to Cambridge and continued to work in
Freelance illustration. After getting a job as a designer for a greetings card
company with responsibility for product design he moved back to Bradford in
In 1990 he joined an artists' agency, working on licensing, product development
and directing photographic shoots which handed him a prestigious position as a
photographic art director with a mail order catalogue. He spent the next year
travelling around the world on fashion shoots.
In 93 Govinder Nazran returned to working freelance on card designs and having
built up a reputation through his work, he approached the fine art market with
thoughts of getting his designs published.
Govinder entered the fine art market in 1999 and has since published a number of
silk-screens and lithographs. He was voted The Best-Selling Published
We were deeply
saddened to learn that Govinder Nazran tragically died on Tuesday 30 December
2008, after suffering a seizure on Christmas Eve. He will be sadly missed by
all who appreciated and loved his work.
Christina Harris has been painting for as long as she can remember but it is
only within the last two years that her work has been available to the public.
After attending Leeds Art College she followed a career in teaching until,
deciding life is too short, gave it up in November 2004 to become a full-time
artist. Christina uses paint to great effect to create the depth of fleece found
in many breeds of sheep, whilst the simplicity of a grey or white background
serves to emphasis the lonely, uncompromising moods of a Yorkshire winter. Her
work is regularly featured in exhibitions, with occasional individual shows, all
of which have been very successful. She is now represented at selected galleries
in Yorkshire, Cumbria, and London and her work, often special commissions, has
travelled out to Australia, Canada, France, USA and Japan, as well as being
widely collected in the UK.
Rolf Harris’ love of art began as early as he can remember. Even at Primary
School whenever anyone asked him “What are you going to be when you grow up?”
his immediate response was “An artist … AND a good one!”
At secondary school his inspirational art master, Frank Mills, recognised and
nurtured his natural talent. After leaving school Rolf studied to become a
teacher, but continued drawing and painting every spare moment.
Rolf left Australia aged 22 to study painting in
England. The trip was financed by and large by the four exhibitions of paintings
he had held previously in his home town of Perth.
He enrolled at the City & Guilds Art School in London, wanting to follow in his
grandfather’s footsteps and become a portrait painter. That was his main
aspiration in life. However he found himself doing all sorts of things that
didn’t really interest him, such as etching.
A chance meeting at Earl’s Court tube station
with Australian impressionist painter ‘Bill’ Hayward Veal changed his life. As a
teenager in Perth, Western Australia, Veal’s work in the local art gallery had
impressed Rolf so much that on a trip to Sydney with the West Australian
swimming team, he had tried, unsuccessfully, to meet Bill with a view to being
taught by him. At the time of their meeting in London Bill was running an art
course, and though Rolf couldn’t afford it he went along anyway. “In this class
I tried to impress him with thickly daubed oils on canvas paper, but Bill gave
me a real canvas and told me to set up some bottles and other items that I would
like to paint. He gave me a brush, some burnt sienna, some rag and a bottle of
turpentine and told me to see how little paint I could use. Instead of painting
isolated individual parts he told me to tackle the whole canvas all the time. I
still do this now, starting off very rough and rugged and then refining later.
After the course, Rolf became Veal’s protégé.
In the mid 50’s Rolf’s paintings were exhibited
in the Summer Exhibition at the Royal Academy for two consecutive years, and
recently he received an honorary membership from the Royal Society of British
Artists. In December 2000, the Harris family held their first ever art show
together at the Halcyon Gallery in Birmingham when the works of Rolf – together
with the works of his wife Alwen and their daughter Bindi – formed part of an
eclectic exhibition of paintings, jewellery, sculpture and etching.
In 2001 Rolf’s BBC television programme Rolf on Art attracted over 24.5 million
viewers over a period of four weeks, gaining the highest ratings ever for a
programme on the visual arts in the history of television. Last year saw a
follow up to the hugely successful series along with the launch of a book, Rolf
on Art to accompany it. An exhibition of Rolf’s signed limited editions toured
the country, whilst in November 2002 Rolf received one of the greatest honours
possible for any artist when the bulk of his work from the two series of Rolf on
Art, was exhibited for a month at the National Gallery, before transferring to
the Halcyon Gallery in Mayfair.
Manchester in 1968, Rob was
a true free spirit from the very beginning. Desperate to follow an artistic
career he found discouragement round every corner, with the exception of his art
teacher who recognised that his gift was a rare and unbridled one. Intent on
following his dream, he gained a place at university to study for a degree in
illustration, but after a year he began to feel constrained by the limitations
of the course and decided to go it alone. Rob spent a challenging year putting
together a portfolio, then set out to find work utilising his design skills in
order to finance his dream of being an artist. His exceptional versatility as a
designer and illustrator won him a number of major contracts, ranging from high
profile advertising campaigns to providing the artwork for children's books, and
he soon found himself in the gratifying position of making a large amount of
money from doing something he really enjoyed. Yet he never allowed his
considerable success to deflect him from his original aim of becoming a full
time artist, and continued to spend much of his spare time painting.
Rob is always on
the look out for new styles and techniques to dissect, and his work grows and
changes as he absorbs a broad range of influences. His latest figurative pieces
are beautifully delicate compositions completed after painstaking photographic
sessions with real models. Each image is a fascinating blend of intricate
foreground detail with broader brush strokes used to create an atmospheric
backdrop. His work has been greeted with great enthusiasm and much acclaim on
the fine art market, confirming his position as one of the most exciting rising
stars on the contemporary art scene.
Born in London, Warwick left college at the age of 21 to pursue his vocation
full-time as a painter. Being a keen naturalist, animals and birds provided the
main inspiration for his paintings. His first one-man exhibition was in London
in 1976. It was a near sell-out and afforded Warwick the first of many trips to
the United States, where he found a considerable amount of interest in his work
and a good market for his paintings.
Increasing demand for his work has enabled him to support his chosen charities.
Warwick comments that "I am constantly aware of how fortunate and lucky I am to
be a painter. I love the wildlife that I paint and if I bring pleasure to those
who view my paintings, then I feel I have succeeded in my work".
Warwick lives in Surrey where he also has his studio. He has completed numerous
commissions for the advertising industry, charities, corporations and publishers
and his work is included in collections in Europe, Japan and USA.
The first titles in the 'Images to Make You Smile' series were published in 1995
and were an immediate success with new images being added every year. In 1996
and 1999 Warwick was nominated as a finalist in The Fine Art Trade Guild Awards
and in 1997 he won the Best Up and Coming Artist Award as well as the Gift of
the Year Award for 'The Owl and The Pussycat'.
Peter Hildick was
born in Twickenham, Middlesex, just after the end of the Second World War.
During his earliest years Peter drew on any surface he could find.
His techniques developed throughout his primary education supported and
encouraged by his family. The family moved to Bath in Somerset when he was eight
and Peter discovered a love of wildlife in the surrounding countryside.
Moving on to secondary education he found that he was expected to concentrate on
painting and his drawing was discouraged. Other than occasionally providing
drawings for relatives and friends, he lost his creative urge and it was not
until 1991 - after a career in the Royal Navy during which time he rose to the
rank of Chief Petty Officer - that the passion for drawing resurfaced. He
successfully exhibited in the P.A.W.S. Competition in 1991 and 1992.
With encouragement from his wife and friends, Peter Hildick produced and
submitted a pencil drawing and a watercolour to the P.A.W.S. 1993 Competition.
Both were accepted and exhibited - the first time one artist has been successful
with two entries - and a special award was introduced for pencil drawing.
In 1994 another pencil drawing was submitted (*Baby Love) which won the Chaffin
award for Best Monochrome Picture and the North Light Trophy for overall winner
of the P.A.W.S. 1994 Competition. Building on this success Peter decided to
place more emphasis on his drawing.
Barry was born in 1941 in
Manchester. Whilst having no formal training, he moved to Cornwall in 1979 where
the experience of working alongside a group of extremely active artists helped
in the development of his artistic abilities.
This is a story of continuing development. He was told that "selling and success
are synonymous" and should this be true then he could certainly be called
His love of nostalgia which he captures in his paintings of Gas Light Street and
Marine scenes are much sought after and are well represented in private
galleries throughout the UK.
However Barry refuses to be stereotyped and has recently had considerable
success with beach scenes and still life, painted in a very modern style.
Spencer Hodge was born in 1943, and attended the Hastings School of Art and
Royal West of England Academy. After a formal and academic art training he spent
six years illustrating books and teaching material for the Medical Research
Council. The dissection and drawing of the human body which this work involved
gave him a profound understanding of the mechanics and structure of form.
After leaving England, Spencer Hodge travelled widely, undertaking long field
trips for international conservation organisations such as the World Wide Fund
for Nature. He journeyed to places such as India, West Africa, the United Arab
Emirates and, particularly, the game rich areas of Tanzania and Kenya.
Many of these trips culminated in successful exhibitions to raise funds for
specific conservation projects including, for example, a Bahamas National Trust
exhibition under the patronage of, and opened by, HRH the Duke of Edinburgh
which targeted the rare Bahamian Parrot.
Spencer Hodge has acquired a reputation as one of the finest wildlife artists
this century, and he counts HRH The Duke of Edinburgh and HSH Prince Rainier
amongst his many admirers. His work is exhibited by leading galleries throughout
Europe and America and over 40 of his limited edition prints have now been
Spencer Hodge’s passion for nature and wildlife has proved to be an
inexhaustible source of inspiration throughout his career. The many hundreds of
hours spent studying wild animals and birds in their natural habitat are truly
reflected in the precision and realism of his dramatic work.
Gary Hodges was born in 1954, and has had a deep love for nature
since childhood. In 1979 he began applying his keen sense of observation to his
drawings and is now Britain's leading wildlife pencil artist. He gave up his day
job around 1989 to concentrate on his drawings and, shortly afterwards, began to
publish his limited edition prints himself. By retaining control of every stage,
from drawing, to publishing, to selling, Gary has never had to compromise on the
very high standards he has set himself. He is a genuinely sincere and generous
human being who cares quietly, but passionately, about the conservation of the
animals he draws.
Through his drawings he has already raised his first quarter of a million pounds
for charity and is well on his way towards the second quarter million - a
phenomenal achievement for one individual in such a short time.
Gary Hodges drawings stand out from the crowd because he combines a remarkable
technical ability with a deep feeling for the subject and a sensitive
understanding of its individual character. His sense of design and composition,
often focussing on only a part of the animal, always results in a striking image
that demands the viewer's attention and thought. Others have tried to achieve
the same effect in pencil, but the result often looks ordinary by comparison.
He may use very many different grades of pencil in a drawing. Each grade is put
to good effect as he painstakingly builds up tones and textures, working on
small areas at a time. The range of textures he creates - tough hide, fluffy
fur, preened feathers, dry scales - is extraordinary. Often there is a touch of
humour - the big paw or menacing tooth - but in the end it is the eye that fixes
itself upon the viewer. It is here that he begins each drawing.
wanted to be an artist for as long as he can recall, thanks mainly to his art
teacher who made art such an enjoyable subject. He studies drawing and painting
at Bourneville School of Art, after which he set out on a career within the
printing industry. In 1997 he turned professional, concentrating full time on
Paul is gaining a reputation as one of the leading contemporary pastel artists.
His paintings emerge from a world of imagination with a unique and inspired view
of the world; whether reflecting everyday life or featuring a wonderful
assortment of quirky colourful characters. His work is often humorous and rich
in pathos and symbolism - a world that is both poignant and optimistic. He likes
to think of his art as opening the door for people to enter his world of
imagination and make of it what they will.
Alan Hunt began painting at the age of eight, when his mother gave him a box of
paints to occupy him as he recuperated from an illness. He started off painting
birds, which had fascinated him from an early age, but soon moved on to capture
on canvas the natural world around him.
First studying art at Middlesbrough Art College, Alan then decided to study
zoology at Leeds College and Bristol University. His first solo exhibition was
held in his home town of Redcar at the age of 18 and, since then, his work has
been shown in museums, galleries, public and private collections world-wide.
Alan has received international acclaim, winning The Society of Animal Artists’
USA Award of Excellence on four occasions and The Wildlife Art Society’s UK Best
Artist On Show for three consecutive years. He has been the lead artist at five
exhibitions in the US, and in 1998 was the first non-American to be voted on to
the American Wildlife Art Hall Of Fame. In 1999, he was chosen as Artist of the
Year for the Florida Wildlife Art Expo. His work continues to attract huge
interest at major auctions including Sotheby’s, Bonham's and Christie’s. Alan
continues to teach field painting and lead study trips across the globe.
Speaking about his work, Alan commented, “As a wildlife artist and
conservationist, I have grave concerns for the environment and believe it needs
as much support as I can possibly give, whether financially or as a spokesman.
“I share these convictions with many like-minded people around the world – but
over the years, I have come to realise that the ‘major powers’ of this world are
determined to destroy all life either directly or indirectly! Selling armaments
indiscriminately, and hence fuelling wars, may reduce or control a small
proportion of the world’s population, but wars are disastrous for the
“Wars hit third-world countries hardest, making them poorer and this in turn
increases the misuse of the environment, as its easier and cheaper to cut and
burn forests and kill all wildlife than to manage the land well for future
generations. We need farming expertise and equipment not weaponry!
We must protect this planet, its wildlife and the environment
that we are now an integral part of”.
Roger Hutchings was born in Middlesex in 1943 into a family where artistic
endeavour was as much a part of day-to-day life as breathing. His mother was
well versed in an impressive range of arts and crafts, whilst his father was an
extremely talented painter who spent much of his spare time sharing his love for
painting with his three sons.
At the age of 10 Roger sadly lost his father, but continued to develop his own
artistic education. When Roger left school his artistic skills had been so
finely honed that he immediately found a position working as an illustrator for
a publications company. At the age of 20, he and his brother decided to set up a
studio together in the heart of Soho. London in the swinging sixties was an
exciting place to be, and they were overwhelmed with work in the fields of
design, animation and book illustration.
At the beginning of the 1970s, Roger relocated to Yorkshire, having never been
north of Watford Gap. He worked here for ten years as an Art Director until the
company he worked for was taken over and he was forced to look at his life and
decide what would be best for him and his family. It was at this time he decided
to go back to the drawing board as he craved more creativity. He now lives in
Bath where he paints in his own studio overlooking green fields and can give his
full attention to painting for pleasure.
Hutch as he is now known creates charming images that present a range of
engaging characters in intriguing situations that capture the viewers
imagination. His unique use of colour and shape provide a contemporary backdrop
illustrating his distinctive style.
Born in Bristol in 1972, Doug became aware of his artistic talent
at an early age. Throughout his school and college education he concentrated on
the technical side of drawing and painting, but after graduation he was in no
doubt as to his chosen career, that of a professional artist.
Doug prefers to produce his distinctive artwork on a large scale, in order to
achieve maximum impact with each piece. He also enjoys operating in plenty of
space, thus allowing himself enough physical freedom to express the creative
energy that is the key to his fresh, contemporary style. His unorthodox use of
pastels applied with fingers and thumbs or even the side of a hand or wrist
allows him to create highly communicative and engaging images that make an
immediate and lasting impression on the viewer.
Inspired by his own emotional responses to life, Doug's intention is to provoke
an emotional response in others; his success in this aim can be seen by the huge
impact his newly released collection has made on the British art scene. As one
of the UK's most innovative and uplifting young artists, we look forward to his
inevitable rise with great excitement!
Iannicelli was born in Naples in 1952. As a boy, he showed a great inclination
for painting and he cultivated it with love, taking the heaven, the sea and the
people of Naples, as his teachers. He has staged about twenty personal
exhibitions in Italy and abroad and has won numerous awards and prizes for his
works. Iannicelli excels, above all, in coastal/Venice views and landscapes
Mike Jackson was born in Manchester in 1962. He grew up in a close knit working
His claim to fame is that his Grandad was a good friend of L.S. Lowry. Although
Mike had artistic aspirations from a young age, he realised that the most
important thing to do was to get a "proper job" first. This he did, beginning
his working life as a Butcher.
Since then he has followed many career paths (Policeman, Operating Theatre
Technician) and eventually decided to train as a Graphic Designer. During his
time training he would produce small illustrations, children portraits and line
drawings for commercial and private clients in order to make ends meet. His work
has been received in Australia, America and Africa. Ranging from children's
books to fine art paintings.
In 1999 he moved to Somerset with his wife and two children. This is where
inspiration flowed. The beautiful colours of the Somerset countryside and the
sounds of the coast were enough to let his imagination run riot. He started
painting all sorts from local scenes to wildlife. Eventually he found his niche
and started producing designs for greeting cards.
Mike has now turned his attention to fine art, endeavouring to bring together
bright colours, along with the cutie factor.
"In my work, I try to depict the important elements of family life, using cutie
characters to show family at it's best - loving, caring and having fun. I also
want my paintings to brighten up rooms where they hang."
"But most of all, I just want my paintings to make people smile..."
Born in Glasgow in 1956 Steve grew up in
Dumfries and studied at art school. Upon leaving, he became an apprentice
electrician for a brief period, as he was uncertain of where his artistic path
led. In 1973, Carlisle College offered him a placement, where, during the second
year, he opted for a change in medium, preferring photography to painting. He
found black & white formats extremely inspiring and exciting to work with,
seeing himself in fact as an artist but utilising a camera rather than paint.
Upon leaving college he moved to London where he did freelance work for teen
magazines, which led to work for Vogue in 1977, where his work was included in
the ‘Pink Punk Book’ published in 1978. This style of photo launched the first
issue of i-D magazine in 1980, where he worked for the following few years. In
1991, when photography no longer became inspirational for him, he started
painting seriously again concentrating once again on the medium that he had
originally embraced. “It was then that something clicked and I have not looked
back since……painting is my life.”
He is always drawn to figures that create a great shape. Details such as ‘how’
someone is standing or ‘what’ they are doing come into play afterwards. It is
the graphic shape of the ‘body mass’ that inspires the first ideas. Certain
images can unlock powerful emotions which are separate from what the actual
content of the picture could create if focused on in more detail.
He attempts to take the voyeur somewhere with a sense of the familiar that has
an almost ephemeral and ethereal quality, rather than somewhere specific. With
the same reasoning, he does not depict figures to be anyone in particular. “The
aim is to portray an essence and emotion rather than a well defined and precise
person or location, as I am not interested in set narrative pieces.”
Kirk was born in Dorking,
Surrey in 1948. He
lived there for the duration of his father's service in the Coldstream Guards.
When his father left the regiment the family moved to Leigh-on-Sea in Essex.
Joel's talent for art became apparent at a very early age. His
love of wildlife gave the subject matter for a series of successfully won art
competitions during his school years. After leaving school Joel worked for a
time on a fishing boat in the Thames estuary. It was then he acquired his
interest in seascapes and various seacraft, especially the Thames barge, a
particular favourite of his. In 1972 Joel was accepted into the Southend College
of Art where he successfully studied for three years, after which he became a
freelance artist working for a number of publishing houses. During this time a
wide range of Joel's work was published for the small print market, these were
to include a series of wildlife studies, wildflowers, landscapes and Joel's
Thames Barges. Four limited editions were also published and several original
works have been sold in Harrods, one in particular, a study of an Arabian
stallion was sold within hours of being hung. In 1984 Joel, his wife Barbara and
their daughter Tina, moved from Leigh-on-Sea to Poole in Dorset and a selection
of his most recent work can now be viewed there. Joel is still involved with
publishing and is now art consultant to a new publishing company which he helped
to set up. Publishing has played a major part in his career as an artist.
Joel's name and work are now known in America, Australia and throughout Europe
and the British Isles.
KURTIS, ANDREW GRANT
Born in London, Andrew has
always shown a great love for art, even when very young. This was pursued in
latter years whilst working in industry, where he obtained the City and Guilds
diploma. Continuing his studies at Technical College in London he gained
Licentiateship to the Society of Industrial Artists and Designers. He then
continued his education in Graphic Design and History of Art at the Central
School of Art and Design where he successfully completed a Bachelor of Design
degree with honours, progressing through to postgraduate studies where he
attained a Master of Arts degree.
Having worked for many years producing oil paintings on general landscape,
equestrian, architectural and marine subjects, Andrew has established himself
mainly to landscape - especially drawn towards the beautiful mountainous regions
of Scotland and Wales, of which he richly embellishes with a unique method of
atmospheric perspective, capturing all that is typical of a panoramic view on a
sunny summer's day, the play of light on clouds, land and water following 'laws
of nature' to dictate the ever changing moods being captured in oil paint, by
preparing his own pigments and mediums carefully by hand, he maintains the
science and craft of oil painting traditions.
In Andrew's paintings we see all the depth and thoroughness, all the devotion
and patience with which he studies nature, from the giant mountain ranges to the
gossamer lacework of the leaves, from the intricate forms of the clouds in the
sky to a sequestered forest shading wild flowers and woodland plants. Solitude
and tranquillity is seen to permeate throughout his paintings using a palette of
pure colours to produce his recognisable ensemble of subtle tints, in order to
create a painting characterised by a specific technique of portraying
light-suffused, translucent and pure colouring, which tends to emphasize the
richness of the tones and to enliven the various colours with shades of
differing density. His sunlight infiltrates the forest depths or appears in
flashes amid the distant trees, forming an emotional cohesiveness to landscape
The various elements of luscious landscape mirrored in tranquil lakes or echoed
in the refraction of trickling streams, these are the attractions that inspire
Andrew to paint, and using a painterly manner approach to his work we see the
many shades of prime colours, the complex colour graduations, and variety of
methods used to apply the paint, all bear witness to the artist's conscientious
efforts at achieving expressiveness in the depiction of nature. He has had many
graphic designs published and his paintings are established throughout the
world, being collected and admired by connoisseurs and patrons of fine art.
Rebecca was born in Swanage, Dorset in 1971. After
completing an Art Foundation Course she graduated
from the University of Liverpool with a BA Honours
degree in Illustration. She went on to build a
highly successful career as an artist and
illustrator, fulfiling commissions for a number of
high-profile clients including Paul McCartney’s
Music Academy, as well as a range of magazines and
Influenced by Cornish artist Alfred Wallis,
Rebecca’s distinctive oils on canvas are beautifully
depicted portrayals of life on the land and the sea.
The large ensemble cast of figures, boats and sea
birds creates an impression of ceaseless activity,
and this is heightened by the natural curves of the
classic English harbour which provide movement and
energy. Her palette is based strongly on the colours
of the sea, with blues, greens and greys dominating
the entire canvas.
Rebecca is now able to devote more time to her
painting and has travelled the world from Ireland to
India undertaking prestigious corporate commissions.
She has exhibited in a range of high calibre
galleries in the UK, Europe and the USA and her
evocative oils sell to collectors from all over the
Born in London in 1947 Tony was brought up in a post-war society
where the public perception of art was altering on a daily basis. Obviously
talented even from an early age, Tony spent his free time drawing and painting
from imagination rather than life. He hoped to take up some kind of artistic
career so embarked on a three year course entitled "Studio Practice". Here he
learned many things, not least how to illustrate in a range of styles, and he
has made a living ever since working on an extraordinary array of books and
illustration projects. At the same time he was pursuing his personal agenda -
that of becoming a professional "fine" artist painting for himself rather than
fulfilling commissions for others.
In 2005 Tony's work was spotted by DeMontfort Fine Art, the UK's leading
international art publisher, who immediately saw its potential to win over the
nation's art lovers. Tony's fascinating personality and innate sense of fun
which shines through in everything he does immediately wowed the team of
Now based in Norfolk, Tony has a studio in his home where he spends his time
gathering inspiration from such disparate sources as a solo dance by Fred
Astaire, the swing of a stylish coat on a beautiful woman, and even the big
philosophical questions that haunt us all in modern life… but all with a smile
on his face! A subtle, deadpan humour makes his whimsical acrylics uniquely
engaging and his desire to "get it right" with everything he does guarantees
artwork that is always carefully rendered and perfectly finished.
Born in Oxford in
1961, Duncan grew up in the Midlands where he still spends a substantial part of
the year. Despite living so far inland, he managed to develop a passion for the
sea, and spent a highly significant eighteen months sailing across the Atlantic
and then around the coast of Britain. He now spends part of the year back home
in the Midlands, and the rest of the time in Scotland. Taking his inspiration
from the surrounding landscape and of course the sea, Duncan is particularly
fascinated by the effects of natural light on colour. His distinctive palette
conveys the cool yet vibrant shades of sea and sky as they appear to his
artist’s eye. Verging on the abstract, his work is characterised by the dense
application of richly textured acrylics, which create a sense of spontaneity and
unstoppable energy. Since turning professional, Duncan has enjoyed immense
success, displaying his work in both galleries and private collections.
Madjid, born in 1943 in Teheran, comes from
a well known Persian family of artists. 25 Years ago he came to Germany. He
lives partly in Hamm (Germany), partly on Mallorca. His works are represented in
important art collections in Europe, USA and Asia. The artist signs off with
three different names, Pan, Madjid, Rhanavardkar. Rhanavardkar Madjid paints
like he lives. With energy, with power, yet with the tenderness of the strong.
What moves us in Madjid is the sound of his unconsciously-impressionistic
character. To all things he shapes, he attributes his powerful vitality. His
subjects - people, flowers, landscapes - have their own expressive existence.
The visible is dynamically defined and projected from the unsecurity of light
and movement by expressive brushstrokes.
Born in Teheran in 1943, into the renowned Rhanavardkar family of Persian
artists. He began to paint at the age of 16 under the tutelage of his prominent
grandfather and talented brother, Anousch. Immediately people were captivated by
his effervescent painting style, because Madjid paints like he lives, with
energy and power, yet with the tenderness of the confident. In 1959, Madjid was
awarded the Iran-French RASI prize for painting. A year later, he won that
competition’s first prize for sculpture. Madjid furthered his talent under the
tutelage of Messrs. Zöllner and Huber in Munich. Madjid’s unique style combines
the techniques of impressionism with the vibrancy and intensity of
expressionism, a style that he continues to follow today.
In 1966, the artist was featured at Teheran’s ARSEN gallery in a series of
successful one-man and group exhibitions. Over the years, Madjid has maintained
a solid reputation and following. He has lived in Munich for over three decades
and is one of the city’s most respected artists on the contemporary scene.
Today, Madjid’s work can be found in prestigious collections throughout Europe,
Asia, and the USA. Madjid paints with a rich vitality that touches the viewer on
a subconscious level.
As the viewer travels across rows of trees or fields that stretch in the
distance, he or she is caught off guard by the interplay of intense light,
shadow, and brilliant colour. This, combined with the artist’s technique of
sudden, strong line, produces a striking and profound effect. Through his
lifelong dedication to his profession, Madjid has rightly earned the title of
Marisa Mallor was born in Alicante, Spain in 1942. She is one of those artists
who had a natural talent from a very early age, she just liked to draw. As she
matured she painted more and more, she was also gathering around her fellow
artists who she became very good friends with, they helped and encouraged her to
go the School of Art in Alcoy. They could see her natural talent but felt she
needed discipline and structure to help her reach her full potential, which I
think you will agree she has succeeded in doing. Her fine eye for detail is
second to none, everyone who looks at her paintings stand back in sheer
admiration, and are left with the thought 'how does she do it?' well in her case
it is born with a talent and working from there, with the help of good friends.
Alexander Millar was born in 1960 into the small mining community of Springside
a few miles outside the town of Kilmarnock on the west coast of Scotland. Life
within the small Scottish village was very traditional and although Millar grew
up in the 60’s era it felt more like the 40’s. Alexander Millar's formative
years were spent in the company of old men dressed in dark suits smoking
woodbines partnered with large missile-shaped women decked out in headscarves
Millar's father worked for British Rail and he got great pleasure
from simply sitting in the atmospheric steam filled stations which even today
Millar finds are the most romantic, nostalgic places to be. Many of Alexander
Millar's most romantic paintings are set within that very atmosphere.
Alexander Millar escaped school in 1976 and eventually fled Springside to set
himself up in Newcastle-upon-Tyne. This jump from sleepy peacefulness to hustle
and bustle was like going from the frying pan straight into the fire. Alexander
Millar found Newcastle had, and still has, its fair share of characters locally
known as ‘Gadgies’ which fed him much inspiration later on in life when he
finally discovered his destiny as an artist.
After a number of different jobs Millar finally settled down in 1988 to become a
professional artist. Alexander Millar is completely self-taught and after many
years of developing his own style in art, Millar turned to images remembered
from his childhood and used the local Tyneside ‘Gadgies’ as models in his
The past couple of years have been especially exciting for Alexander Millar, as
his work has taken on a life of its own. Sales have gone through the roof and
everyone seems to be taking notice of these solitary figures he creates. Millar
is continually surprised to see the effects that his paintings have on people,
on many occasions Millar has had women moved to tears absorbed by a painting
that evokes memories of their father or grandfather. After a number of sell out
exhibitions one Alexander Millar's paintings was entered in the Daily Mail’s
‘Not the Turner Prize’. Ten thousand works were entered and Millar's painting
was chosen as one of the finalists which were exhibited at the Mall Galleries in
Allan Morgan is a full time artist living in the beautiful border county of
Herefordshire and Powys. Born in 1952 he graduated from Coventry (Lanchester)
art college with BA Honours in Fine Art. His professional career has since
focused mainly on realist landscape painting although he has enjoyed
considerable success as an illustrator. He has recently extended his style to
encompass a more "colourist" approach in much of his work.
The basis of his inspiration remains largely the same however namely his love of
light, colour and atmosphere in landscape. Influences in Allan's painting are
varied and include the pre-Raphaelites, fauvists and impressionists. Having
formerly spent many years living near the coast, he regularly
returns to this subject matter with much of his work.
Austin was born in 1930 in Tiverdale, which in those
days was part of South Staffordshire. After
as an engineer he took up a career as a lecturer
based at the University of Wolverhampton. For many
years therefore his artwork was forced into second
place, but since his retirement he has been able to
devote the majority of his time to doing what he
loves and his atmospheric paintings have become
Austin’s richly textured, evocative compositions are
created in oils with the exclusive use of a palette
knife. His primary interest is in the countryside
and rural pursuits of the Black Country, especially
in the early morning and evening, when the sun is
low whether visible or not. He includes figures to
add an element of human interest as well as a
suggestion of scale. These tend to introduce a
certain lightness and almost gently humourous touch
to each image.
Austin’s work has been displayed to great acclaim
all across the UK.
George Munton was born in Yorkshire in 1976. Whilst at Aysgarth Prep School he
was awarded the Charles Wheeler Art prize and went on to win numerous art prizes
during the following 5 years at Harrow.
After completing an MA in History of Art at St Andrews University he returned to
Yorkshire in 2000 to start painting and is establishing himself as one of the
country's best young architectural painters of his generation.
George spends much of the summer months traveling around the UK undertaking
commissions of Country Houses and the landscapes that surround them.
He also spends a lot of time producing oil sketches of London and the Thames, in
particular, before returning to his studio in Yorkshire where he paints his
larger canvases. When he has enough time to travel he enjoys painting in the
South of France.
He has had numerous successful exhibitions in Edinburgh, Cheshire and London
over the past 5 years, culminating in 'A Celebration of Harrovian Art
Exhibition' at Christies, King Street in January 2006, which was a sell-out.
Since beginning his career, George has built up an impressive list of collectors
and admirers of his work.
Tom Murray, LBIPP, holds a variety of international
awards for his photography, including newspaper and magazine assignments,
theatre and advertising, featured cover assignments and specialist portrait
During his career he has worked alongside some of the world's greatest
photographers including, Helmut Newton, Lord Snowdon, Eve Arnold, Norman
Parkinson, Bill Connors, Bill King and Guy Bourdin.
Tom began his working life as a newspaper photographer - for four years he
tackled every kind of photography assignment from simple portraits and sport
pictures to national murder cases. he moved to Africa to work for The Zambia
News & Times, and within a few months he was promoted to chief photographer.
After a short while he was offered the top position on the South African
magazine Panorama. It was during this time that Tom was asked to set up a studio
for PACT - the Performing Arts Council of the Transvaal. During this four-year
period he won his first World Press awards for work in music, drama and ballet
On his return to the UK he was interviewed by Lord Snowdon, with whom he became
friends. Snowdon recommended that he try for the post of magazine photographer
for The Sunday Times Colour Magazine. This was the top spot on the first and
best Sunday Magazine in London. The five-year period at The Sunday Times was a
time of great strides in his photography, working with some of the world's best
photographers. he became the youngest photographer to be commissioned by the
His photographs of The Beatles from 1968 have become legendary since their first
public appearance in 1998. The images are considered as the most important
colour photographs of the group from that period of their career.
Tom's work has appeared in GQ, Vogue, Women's Wear Daily, Harper's & Queen,
House & Gardens, Casa Vogue, LA Style, LA Times, The London Times, The London
Sunday Times and the New York Times.
Tom is a passionate fund-raiser, and much of his time is now devoted to
charities and good causes. he has donated some of his finest works to be
auctioned for charity, which together have raised over £385,000, including over
£200,000 for Help The Hospices and Make A Wish. His additional charity work has
helped raise a further £3.5million towards the Richard Caron Foundation, Save
The Children and Friends In Deed among others.
A selection of some of the international icons photographed by Tom include
Elizabeth Taylor, Yvonne De Carlo, Richard Burton, Jill St John, Sir Hardy
Aimes, Giorgio Armani, Angelica Huston, Elizabeth Montgomery, Dirk Bogarde,
Dustin Hoffman, John Huston, John Schlesinger, Pierre Cardin, Calvin Klein,
Michael York, George Cukor, Ralph Lauren, Luchino Visconti, John Weitz, Anthony
Andrews, Ian McShane, Kate Nelligan, David Lean, Caspar Weinberger, Lindsay
Anderson, HRH The Princess Margaret and, of course, the Beatles.
in Leicestershire, England in 1966, Kerry Newell always held a passion for art &
wildlife. Kerry spent hours of pleasure caring for her numerous array of pets.
Although drawing & painting for pleasure has always been part of her life, on
leaving school Kerry put aside 'childish' dreams of ever having the opportunity
to do this for a living. Then a few years ago Kerry's family & friends began to
commission her to paint portraits of their pets. From then on she hasn't looked
back and her life has never been so busy - Kerry Newell is now married with
three glorious children and with her career as an artist going from strength to
strength. As an artist Kerry is completely self-taught, working in a
photo-realistic style using watercolour, acrylic and now predominately pastel,
with some scratch boarding thrown in for fun! Kerry believes that self
criticism is a must (and also a pat on the back when deserved) as is learning by
ones mistakes. Kerry paints in her maiden name in remembrance of her father
Allan George Newell - a man with unacknowledged artistic talent, a great love
and respect for the natural world and a man who never managed to achieve his
life ambition: to trek through the Amazon.
Born in 1967, Fabian grew up outside Buenos Aires in a turbulent world of
political upheaval during the post-Peron military regime. Such a childhood could
not fail to impact on every area of his life including his artistic ethos,
especially when taken in conjunction with his unconventional upbringing.
At the age of 9 he became fascinated with the
paintbrush, and using watercolors and tempera he painted portraits of his
friends and family. His mother, Edua Herreria, a beautiful Brazilian women, met
his father, a handsome and charismatic ladies’ man, Antonio Perez, in the late
1950’s, in Campana, a small city outside Buenos Aires. They married and had four
children of whom Fabian is the youngest. Edua was the creative force in Fabian’s
life and Antonio was the inspiration for his work. Fabian witnessed his father’s
unorthodox and often difficult life, portraying him in his paintings as “the
cool guy” outside nightclubs and bordellos. Antonio owned a number of brothels
and illegal nightclubs in Campana, and was frequently chased and closed down by
the police. Nevertheless the young Fabian was constantly exposed to
beautiful women who could seduce a man “simply by
lighting a cigarette”. Today we see these “ladies of the night” exquisitely
portrayed in many of Fabian’s paintings - memories of his youth and the
nightlife he observed.
At the age of 16 Fabian was faced with the loss of his mother and 3 years later
the loss of his father. The sadness and despair he experienced left him confused
and searching for answers. In 1984 he had crossed paths with the greatest
inspiration of his life - Sensei Oscar - who later became his teacher, master,
close friend, and father figure. Heartbroken and alone, he therefore found
strength and a degree of inner peace through the study of martial arts.
Then in 1987 Fabian set off on a journey that was to last until the the present
day. After six months in Rio he took up residence in Padova, near Venice, where
he stayed for seven years, studying with Oscar and painting daily before moving
on to Okinawa, Japan. He finally decided to experience a different side of life
in the USA, and in Los Angeles he worked as a busboy and a model, and ran odd
jobs for Universal Studios. With his days full, he painted throughout the night
and considers this the most creative period of his life.
In 2001 two art publishers and gallery owners saw and fell in love with an
exhibition of Fabian’s work. They met Fabian two days later and they formed a
partnership to promote, market and develop Fabian’s career as a fine artist. The
collaboration was an overwhelming success; every painting Fabian created was
sold immediately and the demand for his work exploded. Today his work is
published by DeMontfort Fine Art in the UK.
Fabian wishes not to categorise his style as he does not want to limit himself
or his work. His art is simply the passionate expression of his strong romantic
feelings. Inspired by what is known in martial arts as the Muga (empty mind),
Fabian finds himself in this almost meditative state of mind when he is at work,
and the purity of his creativity flows. He now resides in Beverly Hills,
California, where he paints, plays soccer, trains and teaches martial arts to
close friends. He still travels the world for inspiration.
Graham was educated at the
Headley Walter School in Brentwood before attending the South East Technical
College of Design. After eight years of running a gallery in Rayleigh, Essex,
Graham sold the business to concentrate on his own painting.
His work was initially shown by the Whitgift Gallery, Croydon and by Frost and
Reed in London. Since 1990 he has exhibited more widely, and his tranquil
paintings of the Devonshire, Cornish and Scottish countryside, as well as his
native East Anglia, have found their way into many collections.
Born near the village of Spofforth in North
Yorkshire. A self taught artist who believes a picture can be created by colour
alone. Jon likes to work on a textured canvas which helps him obtain the depth
of colour in his paintings. A very strong-minded Yorkshireman who now lives in
the Yorkshire Dales. The peace and quiet of his studio overlooking the beautiful
dale of Nidderdale also inspires him to create such paintings.
Ian was born in Norfolk in 1966. Art was his best subject at school and his
favourite pastime at home; he loved to indulge his creative side, not only
drawing and sketching but also building and making things to impress his family
and friends. Ian graduated from Sheffield Art College with a design degree,
during which time he supplemented his student bank balance with money earned
from a flourishing career as a pavement artist. He loved Sheffield and has now
settled there with his partner and their two sons. After a successful period
spent working as a designer and illustrator, Ian realized that his artwork meant
more to him than simply a means to make a living. He started to work for himself
and his bold, stylized images made an immediate impact on the art market. As an
inveterate people-watcher, he finds inspiration in situations that we all
encounter regularly, admitting for example to a somewhat quirky fondness for
queues. Working mainly in pastels, he enjoys using techniques such as repetition
and exaggeration to bring his unique characters to life. Ian’s influences range
far and wide, and include the off-the-wall humour of the Monty Python team,
cartoon genius Gary Larson, and 1950s American artist, Norman Rockwell.
“I have always enjoyed bending the rules, and for me humour and imagination are
the key elements of a rewarding composition.”
Born in 1962, in Chorley, Lancashire, Adrian Rigby is a well-known and prolific
wildlife artist, but one who has been able to turn his hand successfully to
other artistic themes as well. He studied art at the Blackpool College of Art
from 1979-1982 and then taught at the same college from 1982-1985. He discovered
his passion for wildlife and nature at a young age and, as a conservationist, he
believes strongly that all birds and animals have a personality which can be
portrayed on canvas, and that their habitat should be preserved. Adrian Rigby’s
art is constantly pursuing higher standards of realism and accuracy. As a
result, he spends a great deal of time out in the field collecting, observing
and noting changes to nature according to the varying seasons. He paints mainly
with oil and gouache, and adopts a slightly different style for each of his
stunning paintings, in which mood, atmosphere and light play an important part.
Adrian Rigby was awarded three prizes at the annual exhibition of The Wildlife
Art Society in 1996. He won “Best in Show” for his painting titled, Rushing
Waters, and also he won awards for “Best New Member” and “Best Overall
Presentation in Show”. Adrian Rigby has held many exhibitions at leading
galleries around the country.
Jose was born in Villena in the Alicante region of Spain in 1953. After
graduating from the Fine Art School in the city of Alicante he moved to Valencia
and completed his studies at the San Carlos Fine Art School. Jose’s work owes
much to the influence of other artists whose work he has studied over the years.
This can be seen in his choice of subject matter – classic semi nude figures; in
addition his use of realistic tonalities and his skillful manipulation of light
and shadow are reminiscent of his Spanish realist predecessors such as Ingres.
Jose’s exquisite pastel miniatures are displayed in a number of private
collections all over the world.
He was born in Jerez de la Frontera (Cadiz, Spain) in 1970. He moved to Seville
when he was a child to start his artistic career there. Vocational artist, J
Ruiz felt the necessity to paint since he was a child. After studying with the
greatest artists, the time and the experience have made him an excellent artist.
He specialises in still life paintings, with fruit being his main subject. He
knows how to mix dark and light colours to obtain a particular atmosphere. His
works have been presented in many exhibitions but his dedication is focused to
attend to the great demand for his work.
Mario Sanzone was born in Naples, on 11th May 1946 .He studied at The Fine Art
Academy in Naples where he continues to live and work. After finishing his
studies, he dedicated himself to paint professionally, and has since gained an
international reputation, taking part in many successful exhibitions in Italy,
USA and Europe.
His subjects vary from landscapes, to coastal views to still life, and his
mature, impressionistic technique has received great critical and public
acclaim. He is perhaps best known for his atmospheric portrayals of the Amalfi
coastline, which often concentrate on subtle twilight effects of cities at
Segrelles was born in an
industrialised town 30 miles inland from Alicante, Spain. He mastered his craft
while painting for the tourist populated areas of Spain, and it is through this
that he caught the attention of the galleries that lie in these coastal regions.
These galleries realised the quality and brilliance of his work, and were quick
to hang his paintings on their gallery walls.
As you can see when looking at a piece of his work he specialises in soft medium
colours, blending them seamlessly to get across the atmospheric quality of his
seascapes, and capturing the mood of the changing climate. He often uses the
same scene in his paintings, but uses the changing weather to dictate the in
colour for the scene and therefore the mood.
He finds himself influenced by Monet and Matisse. Like Monet, Segrelles paints
in a loose style giving no real detail, but the overall effect of his work is
nothing short of spectacular; you can see and feel exactly the mood he is trying
to set. His work is now very well known throughout Spain and is now beginning to
make his mark all over Europe.
David Shepherd had no talent in art, painting only to escape playing rugger,
which terrified the life out of him when he was at school! David Shepherd's only
ambition growing up was to be a game warden in Africa, but that potential career
failed before it started. Rather than drive a bus for a living, his father
suggested he went to art school, but the Slade School of Fine Art saw one of his
early paintings of a bird and told him to go and drive a bus. So, David's early
life was, to put it mildly, a series of disasters.
David Shepherd is sure he must be the classic example of someone being in the
right place at the right time. If he had not gone to a certain cocktail party in
Winchester in 1951, he would not be where he is now. David Shepherd was
introduced to a professional painter who told him that he had no intention of
teaching him, even if he did have talent, because he was so busy. However, when
David showed him the bird picture, he saw someone who was so awful that he had
to take David on as a challenge! If David Shepherd had not have met Robin
Goodwin, he would be driving a bus up and down Oxford Street!
After training, David Shepherd began painting
English landscapes, aviation subjects, steam trains, portraits and all the other
things that he is possibly known for, but his career really took off at Heathrow
Airport when he was painting aircraft portraits from life. The RAF noticed these
pictures and they invited Shepherd to travel all over the world with them as
their guest, commissioning various aviation subjects. The catalyst in David's
new career came in 1960 when he was flown down to Aden. He painted a picture
called 'Slave Island' which, when showing it to the Commander-in-Chief, resulted
in 48 commissions from, it seemed, everyone in that part of the world. However,
they then offered to fly Shepherd down to Nairobi where the RAF were based in
those days. They had saved £25.00 and said 'they would like a painting but we
don't want aeroplanes because we fly those all day. Do you do animals?' Up to
that time David had not even painted a rabbit, but he said 'I'll have a try'.
That very first wildlife painting of a rhino chasing an aeroplane off a runway
in Kenya changed Shepherd's life and the rest is history.
With a full order book of commissions as far as
he could see ahead since that first wildlife picture, his ambition has been not
only to continue painting for people who ask for commissions, but now, through
the David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation, to fulfil his passionate obligation to
help so many critically endangered mammals on the brink of extinction who have
done so much for him.
Caroline Shotton grew up on the outskirts of London within easy reach of
galleries and open countryside, both of which were a source of immense
inspiration to her. Her early influences came from the old masters and so she
was fascinated by their realism, making her strive for perfection throughout her
education. She studied at Central Saint Martins opening her eyes to new ideas
and techniques, captivated both by surrealism and impressionism her work now
combines elements from these eras.
Her inspiration can be diverse and can come from a scrap of paper saved from a
furnishing magazine or the look of a cow in a field. She keeps busy sourcing
images, taking photographs and scribbling down ideas in order to use at any time
in the future.
John Sibson lives in Cumbria having spent his youth in the north of England, An
earlier career in mining and minerals took him to many parts of the world.
During that time he took up watercolour painting and quickly began to make a
name with his distinctive style.
He soon had a number of one man and shared exhibitions in the Yorkshire area,
and became an elected member and subsequently Chairman of the Yorkshire
Watercolour Society. This led to exhibiting pictures three times in the Houses
of Parliament, and at other times in Westminster, and in Open Exhibitions of the
Royal Society of Marine Artists. More recently he has been a prize winner in the
Cumbria Artists Open Exhibitions
He now lives Cumbria with his wife Frances. John paints full time in his studio
at Hilton near Appleby in Westmorland, and spends regular winters at their small
property in the north of New Zealand.
An interesting aspect of his painting is his use of his vintage Ferguson Tractor
to go painting around his local lanes and byways.
Having developed his painting in watercolours John took advantage of Summer
School at the Slade in London and now paints extensively in oils and acrylics.
John's main subject matter has been the hills and dales of the North of England
and the historic market towns and cities of the area. The portrayal of the
buildings within their landscape is his particular speciality.
His marine art is inspired by offshore sailing experiences and love of shipyards
and an interesting part of his work covers industrial subjects, especially of
mines and quarries and includes locomotives steam traction engines, vintage
tractors and cars etc. Animals too have become an addition to his intetrests.
He publishes his own range of limited edition reproductions, and giclee prints,
mainly of his watercolours, but now of any of his original works which may be of
He does both private and commercial commissions of a wide variety of subjects.
John is also involved in tuition, giving regular demonstrations to art societies
and other organisations, and in the running of painting holidays.
Fletcher Sibthorp's work predominantly explores the
subject of dance, particularly Flamenco. In recent years this hugely successful
artist has achieved over 20 sell-out limited editions to his name and a book of
his work is eagerly awaited at the same time as his first major London
exhibition of original work in March 2005.
Since graduating with an honours degree from Kingston University, Fletcher’s
career has flourished with commissions for major artworks from such prestigious
companies as BP, British Airways, British Telecom and Sony Records.
His work has twice appeared on the cover of The Evening Standard and The Royal
Shakespeare Company has commissioned him on a number of occasions. His work has
adorned the pages of biographies for both Bertrand Russell and Virginia Woolf
and appeared on covers of numerous books and record albums. Fletcher Sibthorp’s
work is greatly admired by many well qualified to judge and his record of
successes is impressive. He has won six competitions including the Association
of Illustrators title on no less than three occasions and six separate Awards of
Since 1992, Fletcher’s work has been widely exhibited and most of his one-man
shows are now held overseas in countries such as Japan and Hong Kong where many
of his major works achieve prices of £5,000 and above. Initially, Fletcher was
attracted by the concept of movement and its effect on the human form. This
naturally led to his interest in sport and abstract portrayals of gymnasts and
athletes, culminating in an exhibition ' In Motion ' in London in 1992. Fletcher
was approached by Sadler’s Wells in 1995, to produce a painting for the Flamenco
dance troupe Paco Pena. The movement and the expressive quality in his work
complemented the passion of Flamenco. Fletcher was immediately drawn into the
energy of the dance, producing many painting on that theme.
However, Fletcher has recently become more interested in the figure alone, its
subtleties and the infinite expressions. As he says, “I’m interested in taking a
figure, placing it in an abstract space and from these simple elements, creating
a narrative. I like to think that when people view the paintings, they will add
their own emotions and from these, create their own interpretations.”
The faces, although simple, have a complexity to them. A contemplative gaze, a
person deep in thought, hinting of a secret which the viewer is permitted to
share. “These are not portraits,” Fletcher argues, “the models act as a
reflection of my own and the viewer's self expression and vulnerability”.
Because the paintings are so simple, the viewer cannot help but add their own
experiences. The viewer is invited to identify with the subject and project
their own mood onto the painting.
Sometimes the narrative is hinted at by a title or a theme; themes that artists
have tackled for centuries. Fletcher says, “I like the idea of the Classical
subject, because they are so universally recognisable that only a few simple
elements are needed to create the theme. Their simplicity makes them
contemporary, but they are influenced by the ancient. I like the juxtaposition.”
Recently Fletcher's work has concentrated further on his own personal creative
vision. He is passionate about the direction in which his work is heading. “Even
though the work, in its content, is becoming simpler, the paintings are harder
to resolve, as the underlying expression becomes harder to achieve. Even I don't
know how they will develop. They take on their own life, creating their own
John was born in Macclesfield, Cheshire England 1959 and has been painting for
as long as he can remember. He began working as a commercial artist after
leaving college with a B.A. (Hons) degree in 1984. His first full time job was a
Retoucher with a top Manchester graphic and photographic agency, but he soon
left to pursue his wildlife painting career.
John's constant love throughout has been to paint wildlife and he takes every
opportunity to study and observe animals in their natural environment. In 1994
he spent time in the company of world renowned wildlife artists John
Seerey-Lester and Alan Hunt, the knowledge that he gained from them at this time
John was awarded the "Best New Published Artist" by the Fine Art Trade Guild in
Although Mick studied fine
art at Staffordshire Polytechnic it was the traditions of his home town of
Stoke-on-Trent which inspired his love for sculpture. The famous towns forming
the region have created some of the worlds finest works and respect for the
craft of the sculptor and designer is well deserved.
There are few modellers who can produce accurate and detailed studies covering
such diverse subjects as dogs, cats, African wildlife and the female form. Mick
is one of the few who can achieve this goal working from reference books, his
own drawings, photographs and observation. Like so many artists and sculptors,
his studio walls are covered in this reference.
Mick is unusual in another way in that he is one of the few sculptors preferring
to model in clay. Mostly wax is used for its versatility but Mick loves the
freedom clay offers and is quite content to work around its limitations.
SMITH, JOY KIRTON
“I spent my early years in the Black Country near Stourbridge, where I was born.
My family later moved to the Worcestershire countryside, where I attended the
local village school in Old Fleet on the banks of the River Severn. During this
time my father and two elder brothers ran a family business in painting and
decorating. This was a big influence to me as they were always adventurous in
trying out new materials and innovative styles. Their influence in my
informative years was significant in my subsequent attraction to art, with
particular regard to the development of flux and backgrounds that are unique to
my style of painting.
My formal introduction to art came many years
later. Once again I returned to a classroom setting. On this occasion I attended
Halesowen College where I obtained an A-Level in fine art.
After completing my A-level I continued attending the college as a member of
their workshop group. During this time I became fascinated with the drawing
techniques that could bring vibrancy and movement onto canvas and paper. The
masters of the Italian Renaissance, particularly Michelangelo, remain my main
inspiration. I have also studied in great detail the original drawing techniques
of Rembrandt and the Flemish School in the Rjyksmuseum, Amsterdam.
I have had many successful exhibitions throughout the UK and Europe and was
recently a finalist in the Fine Art Trade Guild’s 'Best Artist' category. Over
40 of my works have been published as fine quality limited editions – most of
which (I'm glad to say) sell out upon publication.
As mentioned earlier I am greatly inspired my
masters of the Italian Renaissance. The history of art is a reflection of life
at that time. The romanticism of the artists and the sculptors in Florence was
occurring at the same time as Shakespeare was writing his plays and sonnets in
Stratford and London. The classicism of this era remains the main inspiration
for my paintings.
I am always in search of new reference to support the development of my work.
For this purpose I love traveling, and have gained valuable experience from such
diverse places as Venice and the Mardi Gras Carnival in New Orleans. Another
great influence on my work was living in Grand Cayman for a year. Here, I used
to watch the beautiful sunsets and their colours reflecting on the blue sea.
These remain in my memory and my paintings today.
Also, my recent trip to Prague gave me the first hand experience of gothic and
medieval architecture, which is another great influence on my work. Travel is
such an important aspect of my life. Wherever I go, there is always something to
bring back as a reference.
I work in all media, on all sorts of backgrounds
from canvas to rice paper. The basis of my style is drawing. To this extent I
have been inspired by the techniques of Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci in
their studies of the human anatomy.
Although the basis of my work is drawing, my techniques and media are diverse –
I use watercolour pastel, charcoal and oil – sometimes together to form a mixed
composition. On other pieces I will use a variation or a single media. The base
for my work also varies – canvas, paper and board being my favourites.
Collectors of my work will recognize watercolour and pastel on paper and heavier
oils on canvas. I put together the original composition and then develop the
work around the drawing.
Most of my paintings share the common theme of form and movement – my characters
almost dancing from a background stage. These constructed backgrounds create the
atmosphere from which my theatre emerges. Watercolor washes or sweeps of oil on
canvas are the artistic technique I use to create the stage – the characters
painted and drawn out of this background. Reference has always been so important
to me – classic architecture, costume and theatre are great sources of
inspiration. My collections of reference from my travels have become so immense
that I am finding it difficult to find a space to work. It can be very
frustrating when I can’t remember where I have placed a vital piece of
"Born in the small town of Mansfield, Nottinghamshire I bypassed the well
trodden route to the local industries and follow the somewhat unusual lifestyle
of artist. Along the way I became a surveyor, a computer programmer and
eventually a graphic artist within the fashion industry, a job I enjoyed for 16
happy years. My last two years have been spent increasing my presence within the
art world and honing my skills to the standard you now see before you.
I like to include some form of connection between the items on a canvas, and
quite often the eyes will play a big part in leading a viewer's perception,
imagine yourself looking from the viewpoint of one of the characters, look
around from their point of view inside the canvas observing all the other
objects and try to imagine their feelings - you will then begin to understand
what I really felt when I painted the piece."
Tony Smith, for as long as he can remember, has had a passion for motor
racing...long before he cycled from Birmingham to Silverstone in 1948 to see his
first Grand Prix, he became completely enamoured with the sport. Given a choice
of model in art school - a racing car would always be his first and favourite.
After graduating from art school with honours and distinction his early career
encompassed Graphic Design and Illustration in the advertising world, but, his
first and greatest love remained painting- which he pursued with a passion in
the evenings and weekends.
Tony Smith's subjects have varied from portrait painting and drawing to planes,
trains and military scenes, but it is the challenge of capturing speed in motor
racing that occupies most of his time, be it historic events or modern F1.
Another of his passions is working on old cars and Tony Smith converted a sprint
car for road use before he was old enough to hold a driving licence. Today, he
still builds sports cars. Combining his two loves, cars and painting, allows
Smith to produce the unique masterpieces in motion that we associate with the
name Tony Smith.
The extremely successful association that Tony Smith enjoys with the Halcyon
Gallery and Washington Green Fine Art publishing Co. began in 1987 and to date
he has produced a number best selling Limited Edition Prints.
Since the sad death of his fellow artist and colleague, Terence Cuneo, he has
introduced a small 'Trademark' animal into his own paintings. It is not the
famous Cuneo mouse, but a small and sometimes animated teddy bear, named Bertie.
"I have always been interested in art right from an early age. After having
attended Art College, I decided I favoured printmaking and opened up a print
making studio in Kent where I spent many years developing my etching and
After the storm of October 1997 I was commissioned to produce a limited edition
etching of Kew Gardens. Other commissions have included ones for Natwest Bank
and The Dorchester Hotel.
My art began with a love of landscape images and had many etching editions
published by CCA Galleries of London. These were successful and spanned many
years. However, as time went on I felt the need to develop other forms of
imagery from abstract to figurative. I am constantly experimenting with
different subjects and techniques, which I then apply to a variety of images.
Although this is new to me I have thoroughly enjoyed and embraced the new
My collagraphs have been exhibited at Mall Galleries, and my abstract oils at
the 20th Century British Art Fair as well as other works being shown at the
Chelsea and Hampton Court Flower Show and the Barbican Contemporary Print Fair.
More recently, my figurative works have been published by Washington Green.
My ideas can come from many sources, but are more often than not prompted by
music. The majority of ideas develop when I’m working on another painting or in
the evening when I’m relaxing. When this happens I do a small thumbnail size
sketch so that I don’t forget it. Then at a later date I work the sketches up,
until I can visualise it as a painting, with the use of models and props.
I believe that the mood and feeling within the painting are as important as the
composition. This is an area that I enjoy exploring - it’s such an exciting
challenge to try and capture a moment (good music at this point always helps).
Once I have a clear idea of
an image, I will often develop a colour rough to try to help create the right
If I am working in oils, I will paint a basic background colour that is
predominant within the image and then begin to work forward. Once the basic
picture is painted, I will continue to work the colours of the subject and
background until I’m happy with the general mood and feeling within the image.
I always like to create a little energy with the brush strokes, to help give the
finished painting some life. Once finished I often place the picture out of
sight for a few days and then re-visit it later with fresh eyes to see how I
feel about it, and whether I can improve it in any way.
When painting abstracts, my approach is somewhat more spontaneous. I don’t
usually have any preconceived ideas, and I just allow the image to happen.
Colour choice depends on my mood and I usually work on several images at once. I
will continue to work on them over a period of several months, sometimes
painting major changes to the image many times, until I’m satisfied with the end
My typical day for me would depend on whether I’m print-making or painting.
When printing, the day normally begins at about 8.00am with the preparation of
inks and paper. If all goes well I will hopefully have my first print pulled off
the press at about 9-9.30am. Once I am set up and the prints are coming off the
press, I either print part of an edition or continue colour proofing new images
for the rest of the day until about 5.30pm.
If I’m painting my working day is somewhat less demanding physically, but can
mean a much longer day. I may start the day off with a light workout at the
local gym, followed by breakfast at about 9.00am. I begin painting fairly slowly
with plenty of tea breaks and music in the background until hopefully I settle
into an image and it seems to flow. If its going well, I will continue with it
until I feel I need a break, otherwise I usually stop for lunch at about 1.30pm
and then carry on working until about 6.30pm when family matters take over. With
two young children I try as much as possible to make sure I spend some quality
time with them each day. I may return to work about 9.00pm, once the children
are in bed, and if I’m feeling particularly keen and inspired I have no fixed
finishing time before calling it a day. "
Amanda Stratford has put together a portfolio of work to date which reflects her
love of walking and travelling as well as her sense of humour, leading to
unusual, insightful and often quirky images.
Amanda studied Shop and Store Display and Interior/Exhibition Design at Medway
College of Design in Rochester. She has worked in both the interior [commercial
and domestic] and exhibition design industries for more than 25 years, as well
as creating watercolour visuals for architects and developers.
In 1992, a love of sailing inspired Amanda and a friend to set sail from
Faversham in Kent in a 37’ boat, making the transatlantic crossing to Grenada in
the West Indies. She worked in the charter industry for a year, enabling her to
explore the many islands, before settling on the Dutch/French Island of Sint
Maarten/St Martin where she built up a successful design business.
The vibrancy and colour of the West Indies stayed with her after her return to
England seven years later, when she moved into the world of themed exhibitions,
designing colourful, sculptural sets into which storylines were carefully woven.
These displays inspired the seed of the idea for her portraits; each one
designed to tell a story - to reveal glimpses of the personality as well as the
face you know so well.
Amanda gradually began to devote more time to her painting, enjoying the freedom
it allowed - so different from the constraints of the design industry. She
wanted to find a technique that moved away from the precision of her design
work. As a self-taught artist she chose acrylic as a medium and quickly moved
from brushes to palette knife.
Painting to a larger format is an important part of the process for Amanda and,
with her strong sense of design and colour, she is able to mix vibrant colours
directly on the board, laying on heavy texture to build up the image. Her
sketching is minimal, with the image and colour developing as the painting
Stroud was born in Guildford and has travelled far and wide, having a variety of
really diverse jobs. Her first creative attempt, at the age of two and a half,
was to peel off the nursery freeze that her mother had applied to the wall
Debra Stroud has always had a creative mind and as a child she used to send her
inventions to various toy manufacturers. One of her designs was for an all
enclosed sledge encapsulated in a sort of gyroscopic pod so that you stayed in a
stable position as you hurtled down a snowy hill. The company -'Triang'- liked
her design and sent her a kind and heartening letter and a doll's cot!
Creativity was very much encouraged at her first school in Guildford. Music, Art
and Drama were a daily activity. It was later, at the age of fourteen, that
Stroud was inspired by Guildford School Of Art and their photography course. She
took armfuls' of information home from the careers fair and enthusiastically
told her parents. Her father said 'No way'! so she lost heart and left school.
later she took herself to college to sit her exams and went on to read
Psychology at Sussex University. She then left Sussex to study Philosophy in
London. She draws most of her inspiration from the coasts around the South West,
she has been very much inspired by places further a field such as the
Seychelles, California and South Africa.
Debra Stroud likes to paint in peace and to focus, and for that she needs
quietness. She works in both watercolour and oil - each is very different and
which medium she uses depends on her mood, but it is the sea which draws her
back each time.
SZIKORA, SARAH JANE
As a child, Sarah kept herself amused by drawing & painting. She frequently
visited her father's native Hungary where the larger than life people she
encountered became an early influence for the characters she painted. After
school she went on to study at Cleveland College of Art, leaving with an HND
(Distinction). In 1991 she set up her own business making paper Mache figures,
but it was painting to which returned, her works being published as limited
editions, greetings cards & jigsaws.
Her aim is most definitely not to ridicule but promote the idea of a society
that likes itself and where her people, the ladies especially are confident
positive characters, comfortable with their bodies. Sarah is very serious about
her work, but most of all she wants to make people smile.
Sarah-Jane mostly paints from her own experiences and this
collection of new images records an unusual and difficult year in the artists
life. In "L'enfant terrible" and "Misfit", Sarah-Jane
reveals the unhappy relationship with her old publisher. This situation led to
an unfortunate legal dispute, an appearance at the Royal High Courts in Jan 2008
and "The defendant".
These highly personal paintings speak for themselves and are sought after pieces,
as two have already sold out!
Along the way, Sarah-Jane
has been delighted to discover huge support from both galleries and collectors.
Those who have followed her artwork for years and continue to do so are
represented in "Mischief of Mice".
In a piece to celebrate the end of an era, "Merry Widow"
with it's old style musical set and chorus line of jelly babies, represents the
complete freedom Sarah-Jane now has after thirteen years to create and reproduce
her own artwork.
This new beginning led to the instant creation of 3
joyful paintings. In "Sweet Music" we see the artist happily conducting her own
choir, singing her own songs and, even though there can be few worse sounds than
a tuba and a set of cymbals, it's clearly music to Sarah-Jane.
"Unidentified fizzing Objects" playfully captures the secret life of our
favourite jelly sweeties and steals our hearts at the same time.
Finally, there is "The Makeover". Sarah-Jane's infamous naughty streak shows its
face again and in reaction to a time of recession and economic gloom, a witty
painting to give your day a lift. We all know that the art business takes itself
very seriously but there is always room for a biscuit in Y-fronts.
Malcolm's roots are firmly planted in the North East of England, an area whose
character and landscape has been defined by its industrial history. His
forefathers were lead miners working the seams on bleak Alston Moor, and
successive generations coal mined in Tynedale and close to Newcastle. Malcolm
himself was born in the Elswick district of Newcastle in 1944, and lived and
worked for much of his life near to the city. For the past twenty years he has
lived in a market town in Northumberland.
Malcolm’s passion for painting has always been an integral part of his life. In
his early career as a teacher his interest in art took up much of his spare
time, and in more recent years he has occupied three galleries in the North East
and has devoted more and more time to his painting. He holds regular solo
exhibitions all over the UK, and one such exhibition, 'A Glimpse of the Great
North', was televised by the BBC. Much of Malcolm’s work has arisen from the
industrial history of his local area. His love of these locations and his
genuine admiration for the scenes and characters he recreates comes across in
the strong sense of community and camaraderie that defines all of his highly
evocative work. It is the honesty of his approach that sets his work apart from
his contemporaries however; he has an extraordinary ability to convey the
reality of everyday life and the atmosphere of each scene, rather than simply to
recreate the literal image.
“For me my personal identity has always been linked with a sense of social
togetherness which was so much a part of my own childhood, and it is this sense
of loyalty and shared experience that I aim to capture in my paintings.”
Internationally renowned artist Mackenzie Thorpe
was raised in an industrial town in northern England during a period of economic
hardship. Struggling with dyslexia early in his life, Mackenzie found salvation
in painting and drawing.
His works express an entire range of human emotion, from the special bond of
love and friendship, to the importance of self-reflection and individual
triumphs. His works are a tribute to the creativity within us all and are a
vivid expression of hope and human spirit.
He desperately wants to make the world a better place in which to bring up his
children and our children. Whilst some of his more serious pieces show the
inevitable desperation of mankind and seeming futility of the human condition,
he then shows us that there is hope and love. Using animals as well as people,
he depicts beautiful poignant moments of our lives - moments which we all
understand and which show our vulnerability.
Throughout all his work there is a wonderful sense of 'love and truth'. He feels
that love can conquer all and his work is a testimony to this fact. He is a
special man with an incredible talent, which he never abuses. He is a man of the
people, a true artist.
Miguel was born in Madrid, Spain in 1948. He went to Barcelona where he studied
art at the famous Bellas Artes of San George. As you can see from his paintings,
his work is full of colour, which reflects his Spanish. After his studies he
travelled around Spain promoting his work and gaining experience. He is now a
well-established artist in Spain. He now lives in Madrid with his family where
he has become an established contemporary landscape artist.
Steven Townsend is a completely self-taught artist of exceptional talent. Born
in 1955 Steven is married with four children and currently resides in
Prior to joining Northern Editions in 1993, his early work revolved around
Wildlife and Landscape painting. He subsequently changed direction to his now
famous dog pictures that continue to sell out on publication. After several
increasingly successful years, he has returned full circle adding African
wildlife subjects to his fantastic range of limited editions.
His signed limited editions are one of the most sought after prints on the
market, and have become collectors items, all prints are sold out on
publication. His first large print format print Early Start now retails for as
much as £2500, Rarin' to Go published in July 1998 was on the secondary market
within two weeks, something that has never been achieved before. Undoubtedly now
the top selling dog artist in the UK his next goal is to become the top selling
Steven Townsend draws inspiration from classical music; his favourites being
Mahler and Chopin. He has spent much time studying the works of several
timeless, great impressionist painters, particularly enjoying the work of Peder
Monsted and Bruno Liljefors.
His faith has proved to be a cornerstone of his dedication and ability. Many
customers are unaware that hidden in each and every picture he produces the
initials JTC (Jesus The Creator) appear, affirming his belief.
Dale is a completely self taught artist, and was born in North Africa where his
father was in the British Armed Forces. He spent some time in West Germany
before being raised in Lancashire where he has settled with his wife. He studied
at Art College for three years where he also grew an interest in photography and
a passion for motorcycles. Dale has had a lot of success with a number of very
collectable Limited Edition fine art prints depicting motorcycle racing and
formula one cars of which have sold all over the world. Dale shows remarkable
skill and technical ability with an eye for detail that can only be appreciated
by studying closely at his work; this is even more evident in his beautiful
Janet Treby grew up in a small country village in Bedfordshire, surrounded by
natural beauty and wildlife, which could only have strengthened her innate love
and fascination for nature. This grew with her, and a discovery of art at an
early age led to a desire to explore other worldly aspects of life - the
mystical and ethereal. These elements can still be clearly seen in her huge and
ever-developing collection of works today.
Realizing from the age of eleven that art was her direction, nothing swayed her
focus. Studying at West Surrey College of Art and Design and from there on to
the Slade School of Fine Art, during which time she lectured at her previous
college and others, she went on to a long success with London Contemporary Art,
awards, vast amounts of exhibitions and her work is still growing.
Drawing inspiration out of everything from the human body to the metaphysical,
the vast breadth and depth of Treby’s work has always been important to her.
Whether of wildlife, the female form, or quite often both, the subject is always
majestically spiritual and embellished with nature, giving a constantly
transforming and narrative experience to the eye.
The diversity of Treby’s work is driven by her constant curiosity towards
reality and fantasy, which she breathes through her craft. Her interest in
science, art and spirituality is symbolized by countless varying styles and
ideas that come together on the canvas sub-consciously and often spontaneously.
This interconnectedness she strives to create, the emotional connection between
all things, can be sensed in between the multiplicity of her technique.
Treby now resides in rural Cornwall with her family and pets, publishing her
work herself. Here she can be her most creative, close to nature and in tune
with her art.
Jonathan Truss has always had a fascination for wildlife and his early career as
a professional musician and actor complimented his love of oil painting. With
international exhibitions his paintings are sold and collected around the world
from New York to New Zealand from Botswana to Beverly Hills! His enthusiasm for
his subjects and the never ending exciting trail for new reference extends to
regular trips, camping under canvas in the incredible game parks of Botswana,
Zimbabwe, Kenya, Tanzania and Zambia. He is establishing himself as one of the
UK's leading Wildlife Artists and is becoming well known for his paintings
around the world. Published by top U.K. fine art publisher Solomon & Whitehead
for the last 5 years with limited and open edition prints. With a rapidly
growing number of collectors of his work, he’s had sell-outs on publication. He
continues to work with the David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation and has several of
his animal paintings published by them. The largest U.S. publisher of poster
prints plan to publish him in January 2006. He has been on TV over 100 times and
featured in many national and international magazines. He recently conducted Art
Safaris for Wildlife Worldwide in Kenya (2004) and the Galapagos (2005) and will
be doing the same in India in April 2006. Jonathan is a professional wildlife
artist passionate about the animals he captures on canvas and a member of the
prestigious U.S. organization "The Society of Animal Artists".
As a child up to the age of 16, art had been one of Deborah Vallance's main
interests, but lacked the confidence to pursue art as a career option. Instead
Deborah Vallance did a degree in History and taught this for over twenty years
in several schools. However, about 10 years ago Deborah Vallance began an
evening class in watercolour painting and encouraged by her sister, then
embarked on a series of courses on many aspects of painting, drawing and various
unusual craft techniques. Once Deborah began to tap into the creative side of
her that had lain dormant for several years, the floodgates of ideas opened and
Vallance began to see everything as a possible source of inspiration. Whether
walking along the beautiful coasts of Dorset where she lives, observing the
beauty of the human form as shown at my yoga classes or noticing the shapes and
textures of apparently everyday items, Deborah Vallance find inspiration
everywhere. Over the last twelve years Deborah has taken part in numerous
courses including silk painting, life drawing, watercolour painting and printing
techniques as well as batik on textile. In future, Deborah Vallance would like
to extend the audience for her pictures to a national or even (on my optimistic
days!) an international audience. Deborah wants to go on learning new techniques
and would like to travel more, especially to the Far East, to learn more about
batik from the experts.
Scotland in 1951, Vettriano left school at sixteen to become a mining engineer
in the local coalfields. For his twenty-first birthday a girlfriend gave him a
set of watercolour paints and, from then on, he spent much of his spare time
teaching himself to paint. The local art gallery, The Kirkcaldy Museum and Art
Gallery, with its renowned collection of 19th and 20th century Scottish
paintings, was particularly inspirational.
It was fourteen years before Vettriano felt ready to show any of his work in
public. In 1989 he offered two works to the Royal Scottish Academy’s annual
exhibition; both were accepted and sold on the first day. The following year, an
equally enthusiastic reaction greeted the three paintings, which he entered for
the prestigious Summer Exhibition at London’s Royal Academy.
In the last nine years interest in, and desire for his work, has grown rapidly.
There have been sell-out solo exhibitions in Edinburgh, London, Hong Kong and
Johannesburg. In November 1999, Vettriano’s work was shown for the first time in
New York, when twenty paintings were displayed at The International 20th Century
Arts Fair at The Armory. Fifty collectors from the UK flew out for the opening
night of the Fair and all twenty paintings were sold out within an hour of the
In March 2000 BBC Scotland produced a half-hour documentary about Vettriano for
their Arts Series EX-S; aired initially in Scotland only, the documentary is
likely to be aired nationally later this year.
Aside from his exhibitions, Vettriano has acquired a vast following of fans
through the posters and prints of his paintings that are distributed worldwide.
This year the two best selling art posters in Britain are both Vettriano images.
To date, more than 500,000 posters of Vettriano’s paintings have sold worldwide.
Paintings by Jack Vettriano can be found in private, corporate and public
From Hollywood, Todd White is quickly establishing himself as one of the greats
on the international art scene. He is collected by a host of A-list Hollywood
celebrities and his original works, in high demand, are being snapped-up by the
richest and the coolest for incredible prices.
Described by the media as ‘the Rat Pack meets Picasso’, Todd’s work is high
impact and distinctive, inimitable, and instantly recognisable by collectors
around the world. Although he has had major international TV and media coverage
and achieved celebrity status in his own right, what really matter to him are
the expressions of joy on the faces of his collectors. A true phenomenon...
"My first recollection of having an interest in art was at the age of 10 when I
entered into a school Easter Card Competition and won first prize. This inspired
me to carry on drawing, particularly incorporating my main interest at that time
of aircraft and cars. Things changed when I was 12 – for Christmas I was given a
set of oil paints and an easel (the easel I still use today 40 years later!).
Painting in oil opened up a whole new world of colour and texture, as well as
filling the house with the wonderful scent of linseed and turpentine.
I then enrolled in painting classes on a Saturday
morning at the ‘Harrogate School of Art’, which I attended for about 2 years. I
then took my art interest even further and attended a part time evening course
where I was introduced to figure painting and also pop art. My high point at
that time was a ‘pop art’ self-portrait, which was displayed as part of an
exhibition in the Harrogate Art Gallery.
Due to the need to earn a living, painting
unfortunately had to take a back seat for the next few years. I married and had
3 beautiful daughters whilst running my own small business for 25 years. For my
own pleasure however, I did manage to continue to paint in my spare time.
It therefore wasn’t until the mid 1990’s that I actually went back to art more
seriously and started exhibiting in the local galleries. I now have various
galleries in the area requesting my work and I’ve had several successful
exhibitions. Painting now takes up most of my time - I go to bed thinking of my
latest painting and wake up with ideas for the next.
Finding a subject or idea for a painting can be a daunting task, and can often
come from the most unlikely source. I remember once going to a Hockney
exhibition, where a striking painting at the opposite end of the gallery caught
my eye. I saw this painting as depicting a flight of stairs following up to some
marble arches, through which I saw the sun sitting in a bright blue sky. As I
got closer to the painting it became clear that it was actually nothing like
that at all. It was in fact a wooden table standing on a veranda overlooking the
sea. This later inspired me to paint the picture I first thought I’d seen."
Tony Wooding was born in North Wales in 1969. He
is a self taught artist and started drawing from a very early age. He sold his
first original painting soon after leaving school and started receiving more and
more commissions. "At first I was painting anything from ships to landscapes and
pet portraits. As a teenager I was always looking out for the latest David
Shepherd print at my local art shop, I've always loved wildlife and it was back
then I decided I wanted to be a wildlife artist."
Tony began selling his work to local galleries then soon after to galleries in
Chester, Yorkshire and London. His paintings now hang in collections throughout
the country. He has also donated original paintings to various wildlife
charities. Though Tony paints mainly wildlife, he still enjoys working on other
subjects from time to time. "There are many subjects I've not had the time to
work on yet, I've got a few ideas I hope to complete in the next couple of
years, I'm always looking for new challenges with my art."
Kate Wyatt has become renowned for her wildlife paintings which capture the real
essence of some of Britain’s most popular mammals. She works primarily in
watercolour, layering marks with acrylic ink and pen to bring a structured chaos
to her distinctive and inspired wildlife portraits.
Her sketches, as well as her finished paintings, combine a skilful mix of
precision mark-making with a sprightly looseness, drawing influence from the
likes of Gerald Scarfe and Arthur Rackham.
Kate has exhibited widely in London, and has work displayed in prestigious
galleries in Bristol and across the West Country. Her paintings are held in
private collections in the UK as well as the United States, Canada and
Australia. Kate has established herself as a gifted wildlife artist and
continues to delight with her unique interpretations of nature.