Antony Williams works exclusively in egg tempera. His forensically observed paintings are widely collected and highly regarded. He is a member of the Royal Society of Portrait Painters, the Pastel Society, as well as the New English Art Club. His commission's include HRH The Queen, and RT Hon Margaret Beckett MP. He has won many awards and prizes including the Lynn Painter-Stainer's Prize 2012.
Daniel Shadbolt (born in Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire 1980) has always painted portraits, and began by painting his family. He moved to London in 2000 to study painting at the Chelsea College of Art and Design. While a student there he exhibited at the National Portrait Gallery in the BP Portrait award (2002). He went on to study at The Royal Drawing School where he received an award for drawing. He became a member of the New English Art Club in 2015.
Sam was educated at Harrogate College of Arts and Technology, and Cleveland College of Art and Design. Sam has exhibited in the 2003 BP Portrait Award, was shortlisted for the Bulldog Bursary in 2009, and has exhibited with the Royal Society of Portrait Painters every year since 2010. Sam was elected as a Member of the RP in 2013. After graduating, Sam began to engage more fully with the disciplines of drawing and painting from life. Sam has painted the playwright Alan Bennett, and since early 2013, Sam has drawn eight Fellows of Trinity College Cambridge, including Sir William Timothy Gowers.
Andrew is a highly sought after Artist and tutor, who has worked on many commissions of prestigious public figures. Winner of the Carroll Foundation Award in 1998 and the Changing Faces Award in 2013. Andrew featured on BBC’s Star Portraits and was elected Vice–President of the Royal Society of Portrait Painters in 2008.
Alex Fowler was born in London in 1975. After taking a Foundation Course at Chelsea and a Degree in Art History at Edinburgh University Alex studied painting at Heatherley’s School of Fine Art in London, where he was awarded the Heatherleys Prize. In 2004 he was elected a member of The New English Art Club.
Anne Desmet was born in Liverpool, UK, in 1964. She gained a BA & MA at the Ruskin School of Art, Oxford University, and a Postgraduate Diploma in Printmaking at Central School of Art and Design, London, UK. She has taught wood engraving widely, inc. at the RA Schools, British Museum and Middlesex University and is a former External Examiner in Fine Art at Aberystwyth University and at Kingston College of Art. In 2011, Desmet was elected a member of the Royal Academy of Arts and is only the third wood engraver ever elected to the RA in its entire history. She is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers (RE) and the Society of Wood Engravers (SWE). In 2018, she was elected an Honorary Fellow of Worcester College, Oxford.
James Bland is an oil painter and a member of the New English Art Club. He has won several prizes, including the 2013 Winsor and Newton Oil Painters' Award, and teaches regular figure and portrait classes at the Art Academy in London. He lives and works in Kent and exhibits internationally at various galleries, including the John Natsoulas Gallery in California and the Lime Tree Gallery in Bristol.
Anastasia Pollard trained at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and Florence Academy of Art. Her work has been included in numerous exhibitions in Pennsylvania and London. Her portraits have been seen in the Royal Society of Portrait Painters’ Annual Exhibition (2005, 2006 and 2007), winning the Ondaatje Prize for Portraiture, 2009. Pollard’s work has been included in the BP Portrait Award Exhibition in 2006, 2007 and 2008.
After study at the Slade School in the late 1960s Paul Newland took up a French Government Scholarship and spent some months near Aix-en-Provence. He taught at venues in London and in the country. A year in Rome, in the late 70s, sparked an interest in watercolour as a means for recording quickly: it later developed into his chief medium and the watercolours became more complicated. The Rome experience also made him sympathetic to Baroque art and architecture. He was elected a member of the RWS in the early 90s and, following a return to oil paint as a medium, to the NEAC in the 'noughties'. Teaching took a different turn and, apart from studio work, he taught art history and theory at Roehampton University. He has held office in both the RWS and NEAC ( currently Curator of the Drawing School at the NEAC). It has been encouraging to win a number of prizes at The Royal Academy Summer Show, at the NEAC and in competitions over the years.
Robert E. Wells is a Yorkshire-born artist, known for his cityscape paintings as well as rural landscapes and figurative works. A member of the New English Art Club and the Royal Society of British Artists, he regularly exhibits his work in solo shows, mainly in the UK. He moved to London in 1988 to study for a Masters Degree entitled The Illustration and Rendering of Architectural Spaces at London University. Prior to that he had studied at Batley Art College and worked for several years as an Architectural Illustrator.
Finding inspiration in the towns and cities that he visits, Robert E.Wells seeks out unusual views of familiar landmarks and scenes – encouraging the viewer to see places from a different perspective.
Roger Dellar has received recognition as a member of The Pastel Society The Royal Institute of Oil Painters, The Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours and Wapping Group.
Roger regularly exhibits in solo and group exhibitions around the UK and has won many awards including the RI Llewellyn Alexander Award, numerous ROI awards and Pastel Society awards.
Ian Rowlands was born in Liverpool in 1959. He studied at Norwich School of Art 1980-83, under the supervision John Lessore, John Wonnacott and Edward Middleditch. This was followed by three years graduate study at the Royal Academy schools, 1984-87. Ian has focussed mainly on portraiture but more recently has embarked upon studio paintings based on the landscape. An interest in the raw materials of the artist led him into teaching and writing and he has contributed to the number of publications including ‘The Guardian & Observer guide to painting’ 2009, ‘The Artist Magazine’ and
‘The Artists’ & Illustrators magazine’. He is the author of ‘Foundation Course, life drawing’, published by Cassell in 2005. He has exhibited widely, including The Royal Society of Portrait Painters, The Ruth Borchard Portrait Prize and The Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize where he was awarded a runner up medal in 2016.
Aside from his studio practice Ian teaches at Heatherleys School of Fine Art, The Slade Summer School and short courses, and The Royal Drawing School.