Robin Warnes PS 

Artist's Statement:

Since leaving the Royal Academy Schools Robin has continually developed my work as well as teaching part time. He is, at present, a lecturer in Painting at University Campus Suffolk. His subjects include Landscape, Still Life and Figurative Compositions.
He works in different media including, oil paint, acrylic paint and pastel, my work has evolved in three decades, but he still uses drawings as a source as well exploring drawing in its own right as an art form and this can be charcoal and or graphite.
Having come from a modernist tradition Robin is interested in the flatness of the image and the effect of layering colour as part of the synthesis and refinement of the subject.
Pastel as a medium has always interested him and he loves the clarity of the colour as well as the ability to extend tonality and subtle changes of light and dark. The physicality or materiality of the paint or pastel is as important as the subject and the two have to co-exist together to form the balance and harmony and, this is what he strives to achieve.

Biographical Details:

Born in Ipswich in 1952
Studied at The Royal Academy Schools 1977-80
Canterbury College of Art 1974-77
Ipswich School of Art 1972-74

Society Memberships

The Pastel Society

Scholarships, Awards, Prizes

Include Turner Gold Medal, and The David Murray Studentship Award for Painting in Landscape whilst at the Royal Academy Schools.
More recently with the Pastel Society the La Maison du Pastel Prize 2013 and The Laing Landscape Prize.


The Pastel Society Annual Exhibition 2017
NOW @ The Pastel Society
Look Again @ The Pastel Society

Other Exhibitions:
Solo Exhibitions:

John Russell Gallery Ipswich 1986/87/91/20014
Ip Art Water Front Gallery, Ipswich 2009
Chapel Gallery Essex

Group Exhibitions:

The RA Students East Anglian Group
Winfield Arts and Mandels Gallery Norfolk
The First Reynolds Club Exhibition Royal Academy Schools London
Six in Suffolk Wolsey Gallery Suffolk

Mixed Exhibitions:

Exhibitions include
Cork Street Open, Exhibition
DFn Gallery New York
Royal Academy Summer Show
Cadogan Contemporary Gallery London





Call for Entries

Featured Artist

Valeriy Gridnev
Gridnev Valeriy In Studio

 ' In Studio '
Valeriy Gridnev

Valeriy Gridnev PS ROI RP

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.


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.


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



Copyright © 2017 The Pastel Society