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Adebanji Alade

Adebanji was born in London in 1972 and is one of the UK art world’s fast-rising stars. His recent awards include:
Best London Scene, Chelsea Art Society Centenary Exhibition 2010
First Prize, the Chelsea Riverside Competition, 2010
First Prize, Royal Institute of Oil Painters Open Painting Competition, 2009
Bath Prize for the Best Plein Air Painting, 2009
First Prize, Winsor & Newton Oil Painters Awards (Under 35’s), Royal Institute of Oil Painters Competition, 2007

Antony Bridge

Antony J. Bridge was born in 1980. He is a self taught artist based in the centre of the UK. Growing up in Malvern in an area of outstanding beauty, he began to understand the peace, power and solitude of the landscape and has been inspired ever since. Antony doesn't just paint just good light scenes like many artists do, he just gets out there in all weathers, rainy, grey, bright, misty and finds a location inspiring to paint, sets up either his french easel or pochade box and gets to work with his oil paints.

Antony's work is now praised, and collected, by many prominent art enthusiasts from all around the world from Monaco, South Africa, New York, New Zealand.

He has won places at renowned shows such as the Bath Prize 2010 and on 2 occasions the Royal Western Academy yearly show.

Plein air painting allows Antony to combine his two main passions for art and nature. He can't think of a better way to spend a day than being out amongst the elements, trying to capture that special "something" about a place or time. Throughout his years of painting so far the thing he has learnt the most is; “it’s not learning how to paint, it’s learning how to see”.

His biggest influences would be the French Impressionists, particularly Claude Monet, Cezanne, Manet and also Sargent for his use of oils. Contemporary artists he admires include Neil Pinkett, Trevor Chamberlain, Jian Wang among others.

Recent Achievements:

  • • Painted every day plein air outside on location for 2.5years 2008 - 2010
  • • On the advisory board of the Plein air painting magazine in the USA- http://www.outdoorpainter.com/doherty-blog/advisory-board-announced.html
  • • Creator of the 1st Plein air Painting society http://pleinairsociety.co.uk/ who meet up to paint around the UK every month.
  • • Creator of the Pochade.co.uk sites, helping plein air painters in the UK with tips and advice.
  • • Interviewed in the 'Artists and Illustrators magazine' and wrote for 6 months plein air tips.

Roy Connelly

Roy paints on location through out the year and in all weathers. He works exclusively in oils. He aims to finish much of his work in a single session which helps to capture the time the picture was created as well as the place. For larger paintings it is often necessary to return to the location.

He is equally at at home setting up his easel on a quiet beach as he is painting outside the National Gallery overlooking Trafalgar Square. Creating pictures has been his constant work since the early 1980's. Before becoming a professional painter he spent many years travelling the world as a television cameraman.

He has exhibited widely, including at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, and is a regular exhibitor at the New English Art Club (NEAC) and Royal Society of British Artists (RBA). He has been an invited artist at the Discerning Eye exhibition in London and has won the Chelsea Art Society Award for a Painting. His paintings can be found in private collections in the UK, US, and across Europe.

Roy and his wife, novelist, Victoria Connelly live in London with their springer spaniel and ex–battery hens.

John Dobbs

John Dobbs was born in Windsor in 1961. He grew up in Denham, Buckinghamshire, before moving to nearby Harefield, where he now lives with his wife, Zoe.

John trained and worked as a draughtsman in electrical engineering before becoming a full time artists in 2003. A self taught artist who works with oil paint, John has exhibited and sold widely.

Inspired by the impressionist work of Monet and Sisley, John can be seen painting reguarly on the Thames between Marlow and Greenwich, with his dog, Sasha, at his side. He also takes annual trips abroad to study and sketch the wildlife of India and Southern Africa, where he has also worked as a safari guide, in Zambia ,Namibia and Botswana.

John is a member of the Fountain Gallery Artists, and Chelsea Art Society

David Pilgrim

David (born 1975) is an artist with strong interests in oil and acrylic painting. He enjoys working with a diverse range of subject matter and materials in order to maintain a freshness and vitality in his paintings and drawings. The regular discipline of drawing and making studies 'en plein air' has become an essential part of his art practice and he can often be found out and about with his pochade box or easel in all weathers and seasons. In front of the subject David feels more connected and less inhibited. As a result he is able to respond instinctively and get closer to the ‘essence’ of what he is painting.

David studied fine art as part of a joint degree course (the other half was in pure maths!) at Aberystwyth University. He is currently based in Stony Stratford, Buckinghamshire and paints at a wide variety of locations across the UK including cities such as Bath, Oxford and London together with coastal and rural locations. In January 2011 David was elected as a provisional member of the Royal Institute of Oil Painters which represents many of the finest oil painters in the UK today. David has exhibited widely and was delighted to be awarded two prizes at The Bath Prize 2010, winning with paintings for the 'Best Plein Air Painting' and 'Best Small Painting' categories.

Karl Terry

Karl Terry is an oil painter who paints predominantly 'en plein air'. He paints mainly landscapes and cityscapes in the UK and abroad. He is also a member of the prestigious Wapping Group of Painters. Karl's work is in many private collections both here and abroad including those of Jeff and Sandra Beck, Sir Donald Sinden, Major General Keith Spacie, Brigadier Tony Twiss, Heather Mills and Haralampi Oroschakoff. 'In May 2011 Karl was featured on the new BBC2 art documentary `Show me the Monet`.

GALLERIES THAT STOCK HIS WORK
Enid Lawson Fine Art, New Cavendish Street, London W1
Josephine Harpur, Bury St Edmunds
Turtle Fine Art Rye, Rye
Royall Fine Art, Tunbridge Wells
Avery Contemporary Art, Cranbrook
Redrag Gallery, Stow on the Wold
Galerie Gabrie, Pasadena USA

MIXED EXHIBITIONS ETC
Royal Academy Summer Exhibition
Royal Society of British Artists, Winner of Redrag Award 2010
Royal Society of Marine Artists, Mall Galleries
Discerning Eye Exhibition, Mall Galleries London
The Wapping Group, Mall Galleries, London
Rye Society of Artists
Hampshire Art Fair, Winchester
Bristol Affordable Art Fair
Battersea Affordable Art Fair
Cambridge Art Fair
Patchings Art Exhibition Winner of Winsor & Newton Award for Painting
Richard Schmid Fine Art Auction, Colorado
Kent Painters Group, Sevenoaks School
The Bath Prize