Our world is an insanely beautiful place which we are remorselessly, thoughtlessly, pulling apart. We seem to be on a less than magical roundabout, repeating the positive and wildly creative side of our ancestors, to the greedy and the violently brutal. Although there is so much to praise in what we have achieved over the centuries, we are now able to and certainly do grab more than is necessary of the world’s resources, in a mindless and aggressive way.
There seems to be no escape.
I was born in India in 1935 of Portuguese/British parents and was educated in India and England. The Portuguese members of my family were indigo planters and the British side were members of the armed forces.
My education really began at home influenced greatly by my parents who had a wide range of interests, particularly my Father who was a writer, a musician and an artist. We lived in a house stuffed with books, magazines, comics, musical instruments and of course painting and drawing materials.
After a foundation course at Walthamstow School of Art, I went on to The London School of Printing for three years where I obtained the National Diploma in Design. I entered the swashbuckling world of advertising as an art director in the Mad Men period, working in England and Germany and was a founder member of the advertising agency Yellowhammer in 1972. The work was creative, stimulating and ever changing; it gave me a valuable insight into design, typography, illustration and photography as well as all forms of printmaking.
Throughout this period of work I painted and sketched and began to show my work in Glasgow in 1993 and then the Medici Gallery in London until I concentrated full-time on painting, printmaking.
I continue to exhibit at a variety of galleries and regularly show at the RE and RWS exhibitions at Bankside gallery in London.
Elected an Associate of the Royal Society of Painter/Printmakers (RE) in 2008 serving on the RE Council for a three years before being made a Fellow of the Society in 2011.
Elected an Associate of the Royal Watercolour Society in 2017 and made a Member in 2019.
Made an Honorary Member of Ochre Print Studio, Guildford in 2018
One-man shows include:
Turner and Thom, Eton. Pump Gallery, Dorking. Summers Art Gallery, Dorking. Beatrice Royal, Southampton. Nancy Smillie, Glasgow. Arum Gallery, Frankfurt.
Group Shows include:
RE and RWS exhibitions, Bankside Gallery, London. Royal Academy Summer Show, London. Ulsan International Woodcut festival 2019, South Korea. Globe Theatre, London. Sydney Contemporary Art Fair, Australia. Atom Gallery, London. For Art’s Sake, Ealing, London. Trélazé, France. The Group of Ten, Bankside, London. Impact, Bristol. The London Print Fair with the RE, London. Impressit UCLan Preston. Wrexham Print Bienalle, Wrexham. Coombe Gallery, Devon. Glasgow Print Studio, Glasgow. On-line Gallery, Southampton. 5th International Triennial of Graphic Arts, Prague. Mark Jason Fine Art, London. Klim, New York Expo and Toronto. Lucy Simmons, Hong Kong. Arum Gallery, Frankfurt. John Davies Gallery, Stow-in-the-Wold. Medici Gallery London.
The John Purcell Prize, Wrexham Print Biennale. 2007
The Hector Purchase Prize, RE Annual. 2008
Centre for Fine Art Print Research UWE, RE Annual. 2008
RWS Patron’s Prize, RWS Contemporary Watercolour Competition 2015
RWS Exhibitions Prize, RWS Contemporary Watercolour Competition 2017
Sentinel Gallery Exhibitions Prize, RWS Contemporary Watercolour Competition 2017
Royal Watercolour Society
Ashmolean Museum, Oxford.
Bank of England, London.
Guildford Borough Council.
Jiangsu Art Museum, China.
Art of England, June 2007, 3 page illustrated article by Tinx Newton
Printmaking Today, Vol 16, No 4 Winter 2007, 2 page illustrated interview with Tony Dyson RE
5th International Triennial of Graphic Arts, Prague, 2 page illustrated catalogue
Bankside Gallery, London, Autumn Newsletter 2015, 3 page illustrated article by Hatty Davidson
Printmaking Today, Spring 2018, 2 page illustrated article by Mike Sims
Felix Rosenstiel’s, London Contemporary Art, Greek Island Holidays, Stephen Bull Restaurant, Marks and Spencer, Whittards of Chelsea, Waitrose, Starbucks, and private portrait commissions.
Life drawing teaching at The Practice Place, Crete and Pump Gallery, Dorking.
Woodcut classes and demonstrations at Ochre Print Studio, Guildford. The Lightbox, Woking and Bankside Gallery, London.
Talks at Bankside Gallery, London, UCLan, Preston, Yale, Wrexham and Ochre Print Studio, Guildford.
Teaching with the RWS at Heatherley’s School of Art and Bankside Gallery, London.
Work from the Salome Show which was exhibited at Turner and Thom.
Two woodcuts from the Royal Academy Summer Show 2013