|Art Auction Contributors 2011|
Richard Bawden RWS RE (Slumber) is a painter, printmaker and designer working predominantly in lino, etching and watercolour. He studied painting, printmaking and graphic design at Chelsea, St Martin's and the Royal College of Art. His paintings are drawn from life and often depict scenes of domesticity: his house, sofas, chairs, windows, cats, his garden and its birds. He is attracted by atmosphere, oddity, pattern and the austere. Focussing on these, he draws the viewer into his delightful universe. He has work in Royal, public and private collections, and has taught drawing and printmaking at several London and provincial art schools. Website: www.birchamgallery.co.uk/catalogue/artist/Richard:Bawden/biography/?category=painting
Bill Belcher (Party, Twitchers) studied at Worthing School of Art after war service and then at the Royal College of Art. His work has appeared in a wide range of national newspapers and magazines, including The Observer, Radio Times, The Oldie and Good Housekeeping, and is regularly selected for the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition. Website: www.tonycuthbert.com/bill.htm
Georgie Birkett (When you finish taking this picture, for Heaven's sake get these things off me!) is an illustrator and writer of children's books - published by Bloomsbury, Random House, Macmillan, Puffin and many more - and has been a winner of the Booktrust Early Years Award. Her illustration of Sir David Attenborough (with some of his fans) was created for the poster and programme for the Trust's very popular lecture event for children 'Newts, Coots and Muddy Boots', chaired by Sir David, in May this year. Sir David is a patron of the Environment Trust and has signed the drawing for us. Website: www.georgiebirkett.com/
Nicky Browne (Strawberry Hill) lives in Hampton and teaches printmaking. She is an active member of Richmond Printmakers. She has recently exhibited a collection of her linocuts of monkey puzzle trees, and she produces cards and books of sketches illustrating events, gatherings and her travels. She is currently working on a series of prints of the Libraries of Richmond. She is one of the Artists in Residence at the auctions, drawing many quick sketches of the preview, the viewing and the evening. Website: www.nickybrowne.co.uk
Jo Buonaguidi (The Dancer) was born in Southern Rhodesia and came to England in 1954. She attended the Ballet Rambert School and went on to work as a professional dancer until 1972. After retiring from dancing she worked for fashion designer Issey Miyake for 17 years, during which time she was greatly influenced by Issey, his meticulous attention to detail ‘line’ and presentation. Jo started her art training in 1994. Whilst working she was able to attend courses at Central St Martins and Chelsea School of Art. Her figurative life studies capture the feeling and mood of the model with the simplest of lines. She is known for her ‘Dancers’ and for capturing movement. Jo has exhibited her work since 1997 and is successful in the UK, America and in Italy. Website: www.jobuonaguidi.com/index.php
Lee Campbell (Twickenham Gold) was born in New Zealand. She trained at the Chelsea College of Art, and works on Eel Pie Island, where she has her studio. As well as painting local scenes and abstracts She does very large commissions like drawing the refitting of the Savoy, the new Shard building in Southwark, as well as teaching and coaching. Her latest exhibition, 'Light Fantastic: Paintings of Richmond Park & White Lodge Ballet School', runs from 18 Oct - 14 Nov, at Portland The Gallery, 80 Hill Rise, Richmond, TW10 6UB. Website: www.leecampbell.co.uk/
Simon and Sheba Cassini (Nymphs at York House Gardens) are a husband and wife team of artists, caricaturists - celebrities are a speciality - and illustrators, mural painters and ceramicists. They live and work on Eel Pie Island. Website: www.bitterandtwisted.org/
Anthea Craigmyle (From My Window, West Highlands) trained at the Chelsea School of Art under Julian Trevelyan and Ceri Richards. Recently, she returned to Chiswick Mall where she paints in a studio not far from her childhood home. She frequently visits and paints the West Highlands. She also seeks inspiration from the Thames, animals, boats, London gardens, as well as interior spaces and domestic activities. Website: www.acraigmyle.co.uk
Anthony Dyson RE (Time Bytes) trained as an artist at Blackburn School of Art and has a Doctorate in History of Art from the Courtauld Institute of Art. He has written many books and articles on art education and printmaking. His prints were first exhibited at the Royal Academy when he was still a student and he has since exhibited frequently there and widely elsewhere in Britain and France. His work is in the collections of the Science Museum, London, the Guildhall Library, London, the University of London Institute of Education, the University of London Birkbeck College, the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge and the Sagene Laererskole, Oslo. He has been Vice-President of the Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers, London. His latest book is "Printmakers' Secrets" published in 2009 by A&C Black Ltd. Website: www.anthonydyson.co.uk
Colleen Farr (Flowers with Strawberries) trained at the Royal College of Art in textile design. She has been painting full time for the past 15 years and has been a regular exhibitor at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition. She paints landscapes and still life, mainly in watercolour and tempera.
Mary Fedden OBE RA (Butterflies) was born in 1915. She studied at the Slade School and became the first woman tutor in the Painting School at the Royal College of Art. She has held annual solo shows in the UK since 1950, including at the Redfern Gallery, the New Grafton and the Arnolfini, Bristol. She has carried out many mural commissions, with locations including the Festival of Britain in 1951 and Charing Cross Hospital in 1980.
Eleanor Fein (Hellebores from a Sussex Windowsill) lives in Chiswick, by the Thames, where she has her studio. She also has a studio in France. "My paintings reflect my passion for expressing how ordinary objects, such as vegetables and fruit, and everyday household objects can be transformed by the play of light on them. I try to create paintings which embody this fascination, and which create a calm and absorbing atmosphere." Website: www.eleanorfein.com
Geoffrey Fletcher (1923-2004) (Burton's Tomb) was educated at London University and the Slade School of Art. An artist, writer, and leading architectural figure, he loved the odd and unusual. He produced over thirty books about London, including the fascinating 'The London Nobody Knows'. This drawing of Burton's tomb illustrated an article published in the Daily Telegraph in 1968.
Alan Halliday (Horace Walpole and Tonton) was born in 1952. He trained at The Courtauld Institute of Art, London University and at St. John’s College, Oxford University where he was awarded a DPhil in the history of art. He has been a successful professional artist for more than thirty years, working as a painter in several different media, particularly oil on canvas and gouache on paper and is renowned as a deft and daring draughtsman, working fluently in pen and ink, sepia and sanguine. His paintings are in the collections of several museums including the Victoria & Albert Museum; the Theatre Museum, London; the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington; and the Museum of London: and his work has been acquired by collectors across the world. One of the best interpreters of the theatre since Sickert, Halliday has produced an extensive body of work which covers all the major ballet companies including the Bolshoi, the Mariinsky and the Royal Ballet as well as other major national and international Opera and Theatre companies. In 2007 he was officially appointed as English National Ballet’s ‘Resident Artist’. Website: www.camburnfineart.com/index.cfm?page=Collection&cat=4087&artist=Alan-Halliday
Josef Herman OBE RA (Miner) was born in Warsaw in 1911. The son of a Jewish cobbler, he was a painter, draughtsman and writer. He studied at the Warsaw school of Art for 18 months between 1929 and 1931 before dropping out to become a graphic designer. He spent time in Brussels following the Nazi invasion of Poland, where he was influenced by Permeke. In 1940 he moved to Britain and lived in London, Glasgow and South Wales where he had a studio in the mining village of Ystradgynlais for over a decade. He embarked on a series of sombre-hued paintings and ink drawings of retrospectives at the Whitechapel art gallery. He lived in London from 1953 but travelled widely and although he is best known for his depiction of working life including land workers, peasants and mining scenes he also produced still lifes and landscapes. In 1975 he published his autobiography "Related Twilights". He was awarded an OBE in 1981 and in 1990 was elected to the Royal Academy. The Tate Gallery in London has an extensive collection of Herman's paintings and drawings as does the National Museum of Wales.
John Iddon (Guided Tour at Strawberry Hill in Snow) is a former trustee of the Environment Trust. He ran an MA degree in Museums and Galleries Interpretation at St Mary's College, Strawberry Hill, before becoming a dealer in fine art. He is also a NADFAS lecturer in art history. He has lectured at the Peggy Guggenheim Gallery, Venice; on the Queen Mary 2 and is now part of team of Tate lecturers combining with P&O to give talks on art on P&O cruises. Website: www.johniddonfineart.com
David Imms (Sun Worshipper) trained at the Central School. He is well known for his bold and vibrant interpretations of the West Country landscape. These are inspired by walking and drawing directly in all kinds of weather conditions, and are influenced particularly by the changing cycles of nature. His work is in many corporate and public galleries including the V&A. Website: http://www.fossegallery.com/artistsdetails.php?name=David%20Imms
Jennie Ing (The Odeon Cinema at Richmond upon Thames) did a degree in Fine Art Printmaking at Croydon College followed by a masters at Wimbledon School of Art. She now produces mainly linocut prints in colour and black and white. Her work is influenced largely by the urban environment, with the familiar and the way space is taken up, and an interest in architecture. Having lived in the local area for the past 20 years this has been an influence on much of work with many recognisable scenes from London, Richmond-upon-Thames and the Hampton areas. Her work can be seen in a number of galleries and she exhibits regularly with Richmond Printmakers as well as showing work at art fairs including at the Landmark Arts Centre, The Untitled Artist Fair in Chelsea, the Battersea Contemporary Art Fair, and Windsor Contemporary Art Fair. Website: www.jennieingart.co.uk
Sir Donald Insall (Back Yard 1, Back Yard 2) is founder of Donald Insall Associates, the distinguished London architectural practice specialising in historic building conservation for over 50 years, Sir Donald is also an enthusiastic patron of the Environment Trust, a long-standing resident of Kew Green, and a watercolour artist whose work has appeared in many publications. Earlier this year he chaired a discussion forum on the current state of conservation practice for the Trust.
Sarah Kensington (Lion Wharf, Isleworth, Turner's Cistern) has lived near the river around Richmond ever since leaving Harrow School of Art where she trained as an illustrator. Her career has spanned 40 years working for design groups, editorials and most of the major publishers, including Readers Digest, Dorling Kindersley, Longmans, Penguin & Mitchell Beazley. Her work has been widely reproduced in educational and children’s books. Whilst working on 'Street Flowers' by Richard Mabey she discovered an enduring fascination for the way in which nature so quickly asserts itself in neglected places such as car parks or building sites, canals and wharves, making a garden out of man’s debris. This remains a feature of her work. In addition to working on private commissions she is currently teaching painting and drawing at Kingston Adult College and has a series of classes 'Just Drawing' at St John’s community hall, Isleworth.Turner's cistern is part of the early plumbing in JMW Turner's House, Sandycombe Lodge, which he built as a studio in Twickenham.
Angela Kilenyi (Thames at Richmond ) lives in West London and has been exhibiting in and around the capital since 1998. She is a founder member of the Fountain Gallery Artists' Association, where she has exhibited extensively since its inception. She is also Chairman of Richmond Art Society and runs life drawing sessions at the Landmark Centre in Teddington. Website: www.angelakilenyi.com/index.php
Liz Knutt (Strawberry Hill) studied at Edinburgh College of Art and St Martins. She paints views and events in Richmond upon Thames and her paintings have been purchased by Richmond Theatre and the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. The latter purchased her picture of a Jools Holland concert for its permanent collection and used the image to market their 2002 festival. Liz's painting of the National Physical Laboratory was one of the highlights of the 2008 art auction. Her reputation as an artist meant that she was granted unrestricted access to Hampton Court Palace to produce a series of paintings. Website: www.lizknutt.co.uk
Niamh Macgowan (Ferryman's Hut at Twickenham) lived by the Thames at Richmond for seven years where she couldn't help but be inspired by the river and the old buildings to be found in its surroundings. She produced a series of etchings and aquatints while she was based there. She now lives in a little cottage by the sea in County Wicklow, Ireland - a lot of her newer work is landscapes of the rolling hills and patchwork fields of 'The Garden County' She returns to Richmond on a regular basis and is now in the process of producing new work of the area. Website: www.niamhmacgowan.com/art/
Tony McSweeney (Country Life) is a graduate of The Royal College of Art. He lives in Richmond and works as a freelance illustrator, lecturer and photographer. He illustrated the Uxbridge English Dictionary and has had drawings in many magazines, including the Radio Times, the Observer and the Sunday Times. He designed the bronze plaque to mark 50 years of the Richmond Society. Website: www.tonymcsweeney.co.uk
Sasa Marinkov RE (10.27 to Waterloo) studied Fine Art at Leeds University and Postgraduate Printmaking at Central School Of Art and Design. She specialises in printmaking and has won 10 major print awards, including two at the Royal Academy Summer Show (where she has shown work most years since 1990) and received most recently a Clifford Chance prize in 2011. She has work in many public collections here and abroad and has taught widely in colleges, schools and galleries. Website: www.sasamarinkov.co.uk
Chris Orr MBE RA (Garrick's Tomb at Westminster Abbey) studied at Ravensbourne College of Art, Hornsey College of Art and the Royal College of Art. He has been Professor of Printmaking at the RCA since 1998 and a Fellow since 1985. He is a Royal Academician and has had many solo shows in the UK. His work is in public collections, including the Arts Council, Royal Academy, V&A, British Museum, Science Museum and Tate Gallery. He was awarded the MBE in the 2008 Summer Honours List. Website: www.chrisorr-ra.com
Jenny Pearce (Horace Walpole's Coathanger Collection 2) trained as an architect in the olden days with pencils, before computers were invented, but has also been drawing prolifically and often on entirely inappropriate surfaces since the age of about four and three-quarters. Neither qualification has been very much use during her period as Chair of the Environment Trust. However, she also helps run the Trust's Art Picnics and sometimes gets the chance to join in. After a career in building conservation, she still enjoys the atmosphere and random collections of objects found in empty and abandoned buildings.
Neil Pittaway RWS RE (Embankment) was born in 1973 in Wakefield Yorkshire, studied at the Universities of Gloucestershire, Bradford and Huddersfield and completed a three year Post-Graduate Diploma in Fine Art at the Royal Academy Schools in London. Neil is a member of the Royal Watercolour Society and The Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers and an Artist Member of the Arts Club, Dover Street, London. In 2003 Neil's drawings were published in an Anthology of London Poems by Enitharmon Press, London. In 2001 Neil's work was featured in the Great Artists' series for Channel 5 Television. Neil has exhibited his works in group and solo exhibitions nationally and internationally. He has won many awards, and his work is in a great many public and private collections in the UK and around the world. Website: www.njpittaway.co.uk
Alexandra Robb (Winter Owl) is an artist, illustrator and writer. She trained at Chelsea and specializes in depicting the natural world. She has written and illustrated two children's books and for the last 15 years has managed the Crane Park Nature Reserve in Twickenham for the London Wildlife Trust. She has helped develop the Shot Tower Nature and Visitor Centre as a permanent exhibition space and education centre. She has two RHS medals for botanical painting. Website: www.alexrobb.co.uk
Ian Shillaker (Petersham Nurseries) is a graphic designer and enjoys painting in his spare time. He likes to paint local scenes using watercolour or acrylic.
Ian Sidaway RI (Autumn, Richmond Park) lives in Twickenham. He worked as a designer for the J W Thompson advertising agency before beginning to paint in 1970. Throughout the 1980s and 90s he painted portraits to commission and began to illustrate books on art technique and various other subjects including those dealing with travel, horticulture and food. He began to write and produce instructional art books in the mid 1980s with 32 titles written to date. For several years he taught at summer painting workshops conducted near Arezzo in Italy. Of late his work concentrates on the landscape both in the UK and abroad. Work is produced using a wide range of materials but primarily watercolour, acrylic and oil paint. Works are held in private collections in the UK the USA, Europe and Australia, and his work is regularly exhibited at open shows held by The Royal Watercolour Society, The Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolour, The Royal Society of British Artists, The Pastel Society, The Royal Institute of Oil Painters and the Chelsea Arts Society. He has recently been elected as a member of the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolour. Website: www.iansidaway.com
Justine Smith's (Chocolate Money) current work is concerned with the concept of money and how it touches almost every aspect of our lives. She is interested in money as a conduit of power and also in the value systems with which we surround it. Through her collages, prints and sculptures she examines our relationship with money in a political, moral and social sense, whilst also exploiting the physical beauty of the notes. She has exhibited in galleries and museums internationally, and has work in the collections of the British Council, the UK Government Art Collection, financial institutions, international corporations and numerous private collections. She lives and works in London. Website: www.justinesmith.net/
Jill Storey (Twickenham Farmers' Market) lives in Twickenham and trained in Fine Art at Gloucestershire College of Art & Design and Goldsmiths. She works mainly in watercolour and pastel and, after many years of teaching in adult education, is now concentrating on her own work and subjects wider afield in Europe and overseas. Her work has been commissioned by the BBC and English Heritage among others and is in several collections including the Museum of Rugby and Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum. She has had paintings accepted for the Royal Institutue of Watercolours, the Royal Watercolour Society and the Pastel Society among many others. Her latest exhibition 'North Island to South Island: a Journey through New Zealand' ran from 11-23 Oct at The Fountain Gallery, 26 Bridge Road, East Molesey. Website: www.jillstorey.co.uk
Anne Swankie (Leadenhall Market) lives in Richmond. She trained at Richmond School of Art and has taken part in many group shows, both locally and in London, including exhibitions by the Society of Women Artists and Society of Landscape Painters, and the Pastel Society Annual Exhibition. Her painting of the cafe at Petersham Nurseries was a highlight of the art auction in 2009. Website: www.swankie.co.uk
Anna Tikhomirova (Through the Ferns at Richmond Park) grew up in Moscow in a family of artists. She graduated from the Stroganov Art University and has had a number of exhibitions in London. She belongs to the Richmond Art Society and the Twickenham Art Circle, as well as several other local art societies. She participated in the Chelsea Art Society annual show in 2007. Website: www.anna-tikhomirova.co.uk
Norman Twyman (Brentford Docks) studied at Hammersmith School of Building and Architecture and graduated from Hammersmith School of Art in 1950. In 1951 he was involved in the Festival of Britain exhibition. He had solo shows and participated in group shows at Marble Hill and Hampton Hill galleries. He died in November 2003.
Allan Valentine (Montmartre under Snow) trained as an architect and worked as an architect in Edinburgh and the London area. Now retired, he lives in Twickenham. He's a member of the Twickenham Art Circle and a frequent member of the art picnics. As well as painting buildings and city scenes, he's currently studying life drawing and painting.
Howard Vie (Eel Pie Island Slipway) originally trained as an architect. He now works to commission as an illustrator, specialising in architectural subjects. He has illustrated many conservation area studies for the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames. Website: www.hvie.co.uk
Alan White (Canoes at Dusk) has lived and worked in close proximity with art and artists for most of his life. His early training was at Ealing College of Art, a thriving establishment in the 1950's and 1960's and his talent was turned to good use when he chose advertising as a career, working as a graphic designer for a number of major London agencies before running his own company. After Alan retired, he still found he had the urge to paint. He began to work under Kevin Chapman in Richmond, drawing from life and working on paper in various media. His figure work combines an inventive economy of line with a subtle and expressive palette in pastel and watercolour. He has exhibited and sold at numerous galleries and art fairs, and his work is included in private collections across Europe and the United States. Recently, he worked on some studies of the Bolshoi Ballet on stage during their sell-out British tour. Website: www.alanwhiteart.co.uk
Anne Woodham (Low Tide) began her career as a journalist. She has a BA Hons Fine Art from Buckinghamshire New University and a BA in English and Anthropology. She is a figurative artist interested in exploring psychological narratives revealed in body language, gestures and facial expressions. As well as painting in oils, she also enjoys making pen, gouache and watercolour drawings that take a more light-hearted approach to people and communication. When not drawing and painting, she is a Guide at Tate Britain and Tate Modern. Website: www.annewoodham.co.uk
Jim Woodman (Barnes Bridge) is a full-time painter whose work is noted for its use of strong, vibrant colours that imbue stark landscapes with warmth and intensity. His inspiration is the landscape, which he paints in oils, watercolours and acrylics. Much of his work celebrates the stark, moody beauty of the island of Skye. In contrast, he also paints the Thames and its environs in London, as well as Tuscany, France and Spain. He is a Member of the National Society of Painters, Sculptors and Printmakers and won the Aya Broughton Prize at the Society’s exhibition in November 2006. Website: www.jimwoodman.co.uk
Roy Wright (Late Autumn Oak) studied illustration at Hull College of Art and was Group Graphics Editor of the Mirror Group of Newspapers. Since 1993 he has worked independently from his Richmond studio. He has been a prizewinner in the Sunday Times Watercolour Competition and the RA Summer Exhibition. Website: www.roywright.co.uk
Patricia Wyndham (Sou'wester) lives in Chiswick. She has only taken up painting seriously in the last few years and has had helpful advice and praise from various painters, in particular Mary Fedden, Sargy Mann and Anthea Craigmyle. She has been represented at the Russell Gallery and at various art fairs including Art London and 20/21 Brtish Art. Website: http://patriciawyndham.artistsathome.net/slideshow.aspx