Bob Last PS MSIAD 

Education/Career

Studied at Sutton School of Art, gaining an NDD in Illustration and Lithography.

Then came the shock of the new – two years National Service! During that time I was able to attend Norwich Art School, where I did life drawing and pottery. I also painted many murals in the Officer’s mess, so have good memories of those two years.

Back home I went freelance, did some part time teaching and married a student I had been with at Art School! One of my working contacts asked me to join his London based exhibition Design Unit. I worked there for three years and it was during this period, in 1962, that I was awarded my Membership of the Society of Industrial Artists and Designers.

Returning to freelance design, for the next thirty-five years I had work displayed all over the world - with major companies such as Shell International, Royal Doulton, BP America, Racal Electronics, Gibbs, De Beers, British Plastics, Pearsons and many more. In truth I never had to look for work, it all came from recommendation.

I became a member of the Pastel Society in 2001, then a council member and was elected and stood as Vice President from 2008-2011.

Exhibitions

Pastel Society
British Artists
Royal Institute of Oil Painters
Portrait Painters
Royal Institute of Watercolours
Summer Exhibition RA

Commission

Sculpture for St Mary Magdalene Church, Cowden, Kent.

Societies

Member – The Pastel Society UK

Contact Details

Telephone: 020 8642 7783

Website

www.boblast.co.uk 

 

 

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Jenny Halstead
Halstead Jenny Afternoon Doze La Gomera sized

 ' Afternoon Doze '
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Jenny Halstead

Jenny Halstead PS FMAA

Biographical Details:

After studying Art & Design at Sutton & Cheam School of Art and a guest scholarship to the Royal Academy Schools, Jenny went on to train as a medical artist, illustrating surgery and anatomy. She worked in London Teaching Hospitals, before turning freelance and publication work in both medicine and natural history.

Breaking away from this discipline over a decade ago to return to the freedom of painting and developing her own work as well as teaching.

Societies:

The Pastel Society
Chelsea Arts Society

Scholarships, Awards, Prizes:

Caran D'Ache Award 2017

Exhibitions:

Pastel Society, Mall Galleries, London
Reading Guild of Artists
Henley Guild of Arts & Crafts
Whiteknights Studio Trail
Art in Hospital RBH
Chelsea Art Society
Regatta – Henley
John Noott Gallery, July 2017

Solo Exhibitions:

'The Artist's Year in the Harris Garden' – at the Museum of English Rural Life, Reading – 24 May - 30 June 2013

Silchester – Life on the Dig
at the Old Fire Station Gallery, Henley-on-Thames
Saturday 24 October - Tuesday 3 November 2015

Articles & Publications:

Pushing the Limits – Jenny Halstead
by Anne Hevener, The Pastel Journal (USA) – December 2011

Large, Loose and Colourful – Jenny Halstead
by Ken Gofton, The Artist - March 2012

The Not So Secret Garden – Jenny Halstead
Berkshire Life – May 2013

An Artist in the Garden – Jenny Halstead
The Artist – May 2013

'The Artist's Year in the Harris Garden' – published by Two Rivers Press – May 2013

Invited Artist in Residence – Silchester excavation
(The Roman town of Calleva Atrebatum)

Silchester - Life on the Dig
by Jenny Halstead & Michael Fulford
published by Two Rivers Press, October 2015

Artist invited to record a year in the life of The High Sheriff of Berkshire 'A Chain of Office' 2016/2017

Website:

http://www.jennyhalstead.co.uk/ 

     


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