Colin is a fine art painter and freelance art tutor, based in the Tamar Valley.
He was born in Gulworthy, Devon, he studied Fine Art at BA Honors degree level at Plymouth college of art and the University of Plymouth building upon his self taught roots.
He experiments in many mediums and image making techniques investigating the notion of merging abstract themes with figurative painting.
He paints portraits by commission and was featured in Sky Arts Portrait Artist of the year 2019 , painting a 4 hour portrait of actor Nick Moran at the Wallace collection London in front of a live TV audience and the judging panel. In that same year he also completed a large scale mural with over 80 life size figures at the St Annes Church hall, Gunnislake, and in the summer 2019 designed and painted one of the Elmer elephants "The Beauty of Transience" for St Lukes hospice Elmer's big parade. He has spent the summer 2020 painting a portrait a day during the lockdown period of key NHS workers in gratitude to them and their hard work during the pandemic. This was featured on BBC spotlight southwest May 2020.
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Studied Fine Art (specialising in Painting) at:
• Plymouth college of Art and Design , 1999 Foundation Diploma, Fine Art ,(Distinction)
• 2002_2003, Higher National Diploma, Fine Art, (Distinction).
• Nominated for Unscenart 2002 , Catto Contemporary gallery . Shorditch London.
• University of Plymouth ,faculty of Art Exeter .2002-2003,Ba Honours degree in Fine Art 2:1
• Awarded the Rupert Lionel Acott prize for outstanding achievement in figurative painting 2003
• Exhibited with the Royal Institute of Oil Painters , The Mall Galleries ,London
• Recruited (by invitation) onto the board of EQUATA southwest ,2005
• Completed a PGCE postgraduate teacher training course in July 2007 (University of Plymouth, Teaching practice at Plymouth College of Art and Design, HE and FE Fine Art and Design programs).
Shortlisted for the Columbia Threadneedle Art prize for figurative painting , The Mall Galleries Trafalgar square, Lonodon 2018
Selected and appeared on Sky Arts Portrait artist of the year 2019
Exhibited by invitation at:
Fresh Art Fair, Islington , London .
Emerging Young Artist 2003, Birmingham , CDA Fine Art.
The Viewpoint Gallery, Plymouth .
The Art Frame Gallery , Plymouth
The Somerville Gallery ,Plymouth.
Mid-Cornwall Galleries, St Austell.
Exeter Phoenix Art centre (solo show)
Start 03 Exhibition ,Exeter Phoenix art centre
Artworks ,The Sherwell Centre ,Plymouth.
The Flavel Dartmouth, with Art Spaces
The Mall Galleries , The Royal Institute of Oil Painters , Federation Of British Artists.
ICI Headquarters and offices, Manchester Street, London,
(Still Inspired Exhibition from a national selection )
Disabled Artists London. (D,A,I,L)
Catto Contemporary Gallery, Shorditch ,London .
Affordable fine Art Fair ,Bristol, with Mid –Cornwall Galleries, 2005
The Rill, Dartmouth , (ArtSpaces )
Art mill, Plymouth. Drawn to the Valley Exhibition
Drawn to the Valley Open Studios Event
The Stable Gallery , Twickenham , London
The Bowie Gallery ,Totnes
Cotehele Gallery, National trust.
Saltrum House, Drawn to the Valley
Plymouth city museum and art gallery
The Horn of Plenty, Gulworthy Devon.
Mount Edgecombe House, National Trust.
The Wallace collection, London.
Organisations worked with
• Drawn to the Valley, in conjunction with Tamer valley ANOB.
• Cornwall Adult Education Authority 2009 - 2015
• London Disability Arts Forum, (LDAF) 2005 and 2007.
• ICI ltd, Manchester street ,London.
• Exeter Phoenix Art Centre, August 2005, (solo show Gallery talk)
• The Maynard, private girls school Exeter, Fine art Seminar.
• Plymouth college of Art and Design
• EQUATA ltd, Exeter Devon, Devon Disabled Artists Open Exhibition
“Common Ground”, organiser, curator and professional advisor, at The Thelma Holbert Gallery, Honiton.
EQUATA is an organisation that exists for the equality and support for all disabled artist within the creative and entertainment areas. It has now been renamed KALEDO.
Sky arts , story vault films.
St Lukes Hospice, Elmer's big parade 2019