Ann Wilkinson PS 

Education/Career

Ann Wilkinson was born in Derbyshire but moved to Lancashire as a child where she grew up.
After attending The Hume Grammar School for Girls in Oldham, she took a foundation course at Oldham School of Art and transferred to Manchester College of Art.

On getting married, Ann moved to Warwickshire and completed her training at Birmingham College of Art.  Ann lived in Atherstone, Warwickshire, where she raised three children and taught at the local secondary school.  While at college and for many years afterwards Ann worked solely in oils doing still life and landscapes.  Around 20 years ago she discovered pastels for the first time after going out to work on a landscape.  She never looked back. She was amazed at the immediate effects she could achieve with this easy-to-use medium.  Ann didn’t use oils again for many years, working consistently instead to develop and refine her pastel technique.  While living in Warwickshire Ann was elected member of the Leicester Society of Artists. She is also a member of the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists. Ann holds these groups in high regard and still exhibits with them.

In 2003 Ann moved to Surrey and became a member of the Pastel Society in 2005.  She is Secretary for the Friends of the Society which has given her many opportunities. Ann has relished the chance to meet many talented people who are enthusiastic about pastels and art in general.

Exhibitions

Ann has worked and exhibited in Oman and Amsterdam: held workshops in Southern Ireland: exhibited in Leicester, Birmingham, Surrey and the Mall galleries.

Artists’ Statement

I am happiest when working in my studio where I can study the object in front of me in a controlled situation. It’s like making a jigsaw puzzle where every object produces spaces and shadows which fit together to make a cohesive, interesting painting.

 

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Biographical Details:

Valeriy Gridnev was born in Russia in 1956. After studying at Sverdlovsk Art College from 1976 – 1980 enrolled at St. Petersburg Academy of Arts in 1983 and graduated in 1990. His graduation project “The Early Years” won The Gold Medal of USSR Academy of Arts. Valeriy worked for 4 years from 1990 at St. Petersburg Academy of Art’s postgraduate “creative” studio. Valeriy has been a member of Russian Artist’s Federation from 1991.
Since 1999 Valeriy has lived and worked in the UK. He has became a member of the Pastel Society in 2003, Royal Institute of Oil Painters in 2006 and the Royal Society of Portrait Painters in 2011.

Societies:

The Pastel Society
Royal Institute of Oil Painters
Royal Society of Portrait Painters

Scholarships, Awards, Prizes:

• 1990 The Gold Medal of the USSR Academy of Arts.
• 1991 elected member of Russian Artist Federation.
• 2000 “Pastels of the Century”, London. Frank Herring award.
• 2003 “Pastel Society Exhibition 2003”, London Frank Herring award.
• 2003 elected member of British Artists Pastel Society.
• 2004 “Not the Turner prize competition 2004”. Winsor and Newton/The Daily Mail finalist prize.
• 2005 “Royal institute of oil painters’ exhibition”, London. Windsor and Newton award to best non-member picture.
• 2006 “Pastel Society Exhibition “, London. Orange Street Gallery Uppingham Prize.
• 2006 “Royal Society Of Portrait Painters”, London. The Arts Club Award.
• 2006 elected member of British Artists Royal Institute of Oil Painters.
• 2011 elected member of Federation of British Artists Royal Society of Portrait Painters.

Exhibitions:

Royal Society of Portrait Painters Annual Exhibition 2017
The Pastel Society Annual Exhibition 2017
Royal Institute of Oil Painters Annual Exhibition 2016
Royal Society of Portrait Painters Annual Exhibition 2016
NOW @ The Pastel Society
Royal Society of Portrait Painters Annual Exhibition 2015

Website:

http://valeriygridnev.com/

     


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