Below is a selection of artists we represent at our Manchester art gallery. If you would like to see work by any of these artists please contact us.
Julie graduated from Middlesex Polytechnic in 1983 with a BA Hons in Graphic Design and immediately became a freelance illustrator. Amongst her clients are the Conran Design Group, Saatchi & Saatchi and the Next Directory...
Michael Ashcroft MAFA
Michael has had a rapid rise to success in the last few years and is becoming one of the North West’s foremost artists in Landscape painting. His paintings have received many awards including becoming a finalist in the International Artist Magazine competition and also winner of the Harris Open Exhibition.
Born in Manchester, Anne trained at Manchester College of Art. She joined the Longden Workshop in 1986, as a printmaker specialising in etching...
Darren Baker was born in 1976. He graduated from Bradford Art College in 1998 and, at a relatively young age, has become one of the country's leading realist painters.
Studied at the Slade School of Fine Art, University College London and has exhibited at the Royal Academy. His subject is the world around him...
Peter Blake (born 1932.) is often referred to as the godfather of British Pop art, forerunning the work of Andy Warhol. His work demonstrates his interest in popular culture, cleverly combining more formal artistic elements with popular figures from film, music and television. This highly influential artist has been exhibiting his work in solo shows across the globe since the seventies.
Sandra Blow RA
Sandra Blow, Royal Academician, 1925–2006 was one of the leading lights of the abstract
art movement of the 1950's. Her works are not, as one might suppose, the inspiration of a
moment but the result of painstaking experimentation. Collage featured regularly in her
work from the mid-1950s right into this century, with “found” articles such as sacking
or plaster, giving extra dramatic texture and focus to her confidently geometric
shapes........a feeling of expansiveness and dynamism.
A desire to represent on canvas the beauty of movement in all its myriad forms is the chief inspiration for my painting. Attempts to convey the intangible in two dimensions present intriguing problems which in the solving, produce what I hope are, dynamic, exciting images.
Born in Dobrany, Czech Republic (then Czechoslovakia), Jiri Borsky moved with his parents to Prague where he lived and studied. Jiri's first one-man exhibition was held in Malostranska Beseda, Prague, in 1966...
Born in Cheshire 1937, Derek studied at the Regional College of Art, Manchester and gained an NDD in Graphic design. After running his own successful retail business, he sold it in 1990 in order to devote himself entirely to painting...
Harry Brioche was born in 1965 in the Seychelles. He moved to England in 1980 and currently resides in the North West. Despite attending art college, Harry is largely a self-taught artist taking his inspiration from the ever-changing British sky and landscape.
Steve Capper is a North West artist based in Oldham. A painting teacher for thirty years, Steve is now retired, painting full time.
Since 1976 Janina has painted and drawn the landscapes of Britain and Greece. The passing of time, transitory elements of figure in motion and the change of light in the landscape links the two aspects of her work...
Helen Clapcott was born in 1952 in Blackpool. She studied at the University of Liverpool from 1970 to 1975, then at the Royal Academy from 1975 to 1978. Helen is the four-time winner of the David Murrey Landscape Scholarship which has taken her to Morocco, Cypress and Spain to paint. She has also received the Elizabeth T Greenshield Award (after the Royal Academy) as well as several other awards, most recently in Chester for her painting 'View of Stockport.'
Richard was born and brought up in Sheffield. He trained as a graphic designer, and then set up his own business, attracting a number of high profile clients. Whilst providing him with a source of income it has also encouraged the development of his art...
Paul Critchley was born in Rainford in the North West but now lives in Barcelona. He studied at St Helens College of Art & Design (1978-1979) before gaining his BA (Hons) in Fine Art at Coventry Polytechnic (1979-1982).
Born Manchester 1961 KANE CUNNINGHAM graduated from Leeds Metropolitan University in 1982. He has been a practicing artist for 30 years and lecturer at various institutions. He currently lives on the East Coast.
Chris was born in Blackpool, and the sea has a strong influence on her work. She spent a great deal of her childhood on the beach chasing her grandad’s donkeys!
She now divides her time between her studios in Staithes and Hebden Bridge.
Paul Czainski was born in Dewsbury, Yorkshire in 1954. He studied at Jacob Kramer College of Art, Leeds and Goldsmiths College, London. He has established his career as a professional artist, muralist, designer-decorator and illustrator and has displayed his work internationally. Paul has also taught his technique and lectured in England and Italy.
Dai David holds exhibitions regularly in the UK in private galleries and museums, as well as major London Art Fairs. Most notable amongst these are the 20/21 International Art Fair, the London Affordable Art Fair and the Chelsea Fine Art Show.
Lisa De Prudhoe
Born in Santa Monica, California in 1963, Lisa was brought up in both the Republic of Panama and England. In May 2000, she settled in England to pursue her career as an artist...
Cecile Elstein MA MAFA
Cecile Elstein made sculpture in South Africa before emigrating to London in 1961. There she met the ceramist Catherine Yarrow and was her private pupil from 1965-9.
Living in London she took commissions for portrait bronzes.
1965 – 1968 WREXHAM SCHOOL OF ART
1968 – 1971 LOUGHBOROUGH COLLEGE OF ART & DESIGN (B.A. HONS. PAINTING & PRINTMAKING).
1971 – 1972 UNIVERSITY OF LIVERPOOL, SCHOOL OF ART EDUCATION (P.G.C.E. MERIT).
Born in Middleton she had a good Foundation Course at Rochdale College of Art in the 1950’s after which life took a different turn before she took up painting again in the 1970’s.
Reg studied at Manchester High School of Art, 1962-1966. His circle of artistic friends included people such as Trevor Grimshaw and Geoffrey Key. His work reflects the mills and urban life of the North West.
David Gledhill has been a professional artist since graduating in 1981. He has exhibited widely both in this country and abroad, including Frankfurt, Berlin, Milan and Brussels. He has been teaching Fine Art at colleges and Universities in the region for 12 years.
Debbie studied fine art at Salford University graduated from Coventry Polytechnic in 1991 with a BA(Hons) in Fine Art. She works from her own studio and also lectures at Stockport College and University College Salford...
Born in Scotland in 1904, Ian Grant received his definitive art education at the Glasgow School of Art from 1922 until 1926; Académie Colarossi, Paris during the summers of 1925 and 1926; and the Royal College of Art, London from 1927 until 1930.
Born in 1967, John followed an Arts Foundation course at the Manchester Polytechnic followed by a BA (hons) in Fine Art. He rapidly became an enthusiastic Community Artist in association with Salford Libraries and the artist in residence at the RC High School, Blackley, Manchester...
Eva was born in 1969 in Budapest but spent her childhood in the warm and colourful atmosphere of the Hugarian countryside, surrounded by folk art and the traditions of multi-ethnic cultures, such as Slave, Scwabian, Gypsy and Magyar...
Jonathan Hargreaves was born in 1968 in Blackburn, Lancashire. Trained in illustration and fine art at de Montfort and Manchester University Hargreaves' oil paintings are personal projects which deal with a range of subject matter and technical concerns. He places a high importance on a lyrical painterliness of his work allied to a keenly observed draughtsmanship.
Kevin Haynes was born in the small village named Waterhead on the outskirts of Oldham in 1949. Waterhead was dominated by cotton mills where many hundreds of people were employed. On leaving school he served an apprenticeship as a mechanical engineer. Now semi-retired after running his own engineering business for over 30 years he has started to paint his childhood memories of working men and their working environments.
Lynton Hemsley has been exhibiting with the Wendy Levy Gallery for a relatively short time and his work has grown enormously in popularity. The recurrent subjects of his paintings are city life scenes and city landscapes with Manchester as his main inspiration. Lynton paints with oils as well as watercolour and is equally confident with both.
Cliff Holden FCSD
Born in Manchester 1919, Cliff Holden was educated at Wilmslow Modern School and Reaseheath School of Agriculture and continued with various jobs on farms. Before establishing himself as an artist he was engaged in politics, religion and the study of philosophy...
Ghislaine studied Fine Art at the University of Newcastle Upon Tyne. She is best known for her ground-breaking exhibition concerning pregnancy and birth, the first of its kind, at Manchester City Art Gallery, A Shared Experience. She exhibits on a regular basis with The Cynthia Corbett Gallery, Wimbledon, Firbob and Peacock, Knutsford and Wendy J. Levy Contemporary Art...
Michael is a Senior Lecturer in the School of the History of Art and Design at the Manchester Metropolitan University, where he teaches both academic and studio-based students.
Russel Howarth was born in 1927 in Oldham and attended Oldham Parish Church School and Ward Street Central School. Russel left school at age 14 to start work in engineering as an apprentice tool maker. Later he became a draughtsman working on tool design and later tooling and programming NC machines until the company closed in 1980. Russel began drawing in early childhood, and started painting and finishing engineering studies around 1948. He joined Saddleworth Art Group (as it was called then) in 1951 and started a course of pottery in 1955. He began teaching part time in further education in 1962 and retired from teaching in 1992. Since then, Russel has devoted much of his time to painting the landscape around Oldham and Saddleworth.
Originally from Warrington, Cheshire, Ian graduated from Leicester Polytechnic with an Honours degree in Graphic Design and Illustration. He spent the next twenty years in the graphics industry. In his own time Ian produced ‘non commercial’ drawings and found there was a demand for his work. In 2002 Ian became a full-time artist working in a variety of media including oil, watercolour and mixed media.
A variety of subject matter; landscape, urban scapes, coastal and sea scenes, portraiture and nature inspires Alan. He employs a variety of media in his work, depending on the subject matter, primarily oils and oil pastels, and occasionally watercolours.
Graduate of Central St Martins and the first painter since L.S. Lowry to win the substantial Football and the Fine arts Prize.
Alan Knight was born in Manchester in 1949. He has always had a passion for art but it wasn't until the early 90s that he could develop this into a career. Alan regularly and successfully exhibits with the Wendy Levy Gallery, his large canvases attracting much admiration for their amazing use of colour and movement.
Born into a family of European artists, Benson Landes left school at the age of 14 to study fashion and design. Working at his father's clothing factory, he learned pattern cutting. Designing clothes was the natural progression for Benson, who eventually set up his own couture business in 1956. After 25 successful years, Benson decided to retire to his foremost passion, sculpting and modelling.
Kenneth Lawson was born in 1920 in South Norwood, London. He began sketching at the age of fourteen and enjoyed painting watercolours in the countryside of Surrey and Kent. By the age of twenty-two he was exhibiting with the ‘London Group’ at Burlington House.
Michelle was awarded a First Class Degree in Fine Art at Manchester Polytechnic and was granted a British Academy major State Studentship to pursue an MA in Fine Art at Newcastle University. An established artist, she has exhibited widely in this country...
Emmanuel Levy was born in Manchester in 1900. He was to become one of Manchester’s best-known portrait painters during his long and respected career. He studied in Paris and at the Manchester School of Art in 1918, along with L.S. Lowry, under the instruction of Adolphe Valette.
Norman Long was born in 1976 in Preston. He received his BA in Fine Art from Newcastle University and did a Post Baccalaureate course at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in the United States. His work has been exhibited widely in the UK and abroad and has been featured in several publications.
Sculptor and letter-cutter, he was born in Buckingham into a family of artists. Son of R.M. Manby an architect who was descended from West Derbyshire farming stock, and Judith Da Fano, a distinguished Lake District artist. Grandson of Dorothea Landau, late Pre-Raphaelite painter.
Born in Manchester. On leaving school considered joining the army, until realising it would mean very short hair and getting up early. Much later, graduated from Stoke on Trent with a degree in ‘Fine Art Print Making.’ Drove trucks, delivered coal and worked as a removal man before a job as a Graphic Artist turned up.
Don McKinlay is one of the few artists living in Britain today who can be credited with a wide-ranging versatility in painting, sculpture and printmaking.
Chris McLoughlin was born in 1975 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. At a young age he became fascinated with the colours and drawing skills used to create animations and later went on to study animation in Manchester. As his work progressed towards a more painterly approach, he went on to study classical painting in Antwerp and fine art in Blackburn. While studying, he pushed his experimental approach into painting towards the landscape and nude motif.
Sheila graduated from Kingston University with a BA (hons) Degree in Fine Art and won a prestigious Picker Travel Scholarship to visit New York. After undertaking post graduate studies at Cyprus College of Art, Paphos, she achieved a PGCE in Art Education at Manchester Metropolitan University...
Julia is an artist and printmaker, living and working in the North West. Working figuratively with an emphasis on drawing, she tends to work on paper often deriving her material from direct observation. Her work can be seen in public, private and corperate collections in the U.K. and abroad...
Ian Mood studied Fine Art at UWE Bristol. His current work features the landscapes and seascapes of Manchester & The Peak District, Wales, New York & Cape Cod.
In 1998 Martin was selected by the Art Historian Richard Kendall to exhibit 10 paintings at the Discerning Eye exhibition at the Mall Galleries in London. The following year saw a successful exhibition at the Castlefield Gallery in Manchester...
The essence of Barbara's sculpture relates to ideas that are important to her, including openness, communication and personal development. Her passionate belief within all her work is that “it is the message that counts”, and she strives to give each piece its own voice, and indeed find its own listener!
Patricia is an artist/printmaker who particularly enjoys the expressive quality which can be obtained through the use of printing inks and techniques. She uses etching, drypoint monoprint and collagraph techniques to explore landscape, flowers and still life studies...
Ian Norris MAFA
Ian Norris has a growing reputation for expressive landscapes and seascapes. In 2010 he was elected a member of the Manchester Academy of Fine Arts (MAFA).
Harry Ousey was born in Rusholme in 1915 and his early years were spent walking the Derbyshire moors, a landscape that would inspire him throughout his career...
Born 1964. Simon specialized in painting at the Manchester Metropolitan University, completing an Independent Study for which he was awarded a B.A.(1st class Hons). This involved several trips to Africa where Simon examined the various arts and crafts of the indigenous cultures...
John Pegg was born in 1949 in Sale. He is a Mancunian who graduated from Aberdeen University in 1971 – a choice of college that led to a close link with Orkney; a place of relaxation and reflection for John.
Born and educated in Cheshire. David has had no formal art school training yet his work betrays a painterly technique. The application of paint is bold, decisive and effective.
I was inspired from a very young age to be close to the art world. I had a great passion for the old masters. I joined an Atelier studio when I was young, where I began learning the fundamentals of art. I continued with private tuition for five years, starting with drawing and moving onto the use of oil paints at the age of nine. I have been fortunate enough to have travelled around Europe, gaining training from numerous short courses and visiting the places I have associated with the great masters.
Dawn Rowland FRBS
Dawn Rowland has worked as a sculptor in London, San Francisco and since 1975 in the Manchester area. Her sculptures are primarily in stone, but she also works in bronze, wood, terracotta and plaster.
Jenny has worked as a professional artist since graduating with an M.A. in Fine Art from Edinburgh in 1980. She specialises in works on paper. Her career has been focused on expanding the boundaries of the watercolour medium, exploring its potential as a dynamic and powerful means of expression.
Frances Seba Smith
Born in Montreal, Canada. Studied Publicity at the Ecole des Beaux Arts in Montreal and after obtaining a Diploma in Publicity worked as a Graphic designer...
Hideyuki Sobue was born in Japan.
His aim is to create something simple yet thought-provoking, portraying someone iconic, somewhere universal, precious moments and eternal fragments.
Liam Spencer was born in Burnley in 1964. He completed a Foundation Course at the Burnley College of Arts and Technology and then went to Manchester Polytechnic where he graduated with a BA(Hons) in Fine Art...
Peter Stanaway has an Honours degree in education and is a member of M.A.F.A. He was head of art in Salford and finished his career working in a special needs school. His work has been shown widely in the northwest including at the Manchester City art gallery as well as Salford, Rochdale, Oldham and Bury Galleries.
Colin Taylor was born in July 1960, in Leicester, England. He attended Loughborough College of Art and then Trent Polytechnic (now Nottingham Trent University) where he took a Multi-disciplinary Degree course in Fine Art and Drama, after which, in 1988, he moved to Manchester.
Matthew Thompson is a young artist originally from the Huddersfield area, who has recently completed his final year at the Manchester School of Art. He has been painting for about 6 years, and works in mixed media of paints, charcoal and pastels aiming to create a passionate and expressive take on everyday, urban scenes.
Gina was awarded a 1st Class Honours Degree in Painting and Drawing at Edinburgh College of Art in 1998. In the same year she was awarded the John Kinross Travel Scholarship to go to Florence for three months to paint...
Amanda Wigglesworth’s work is based on paint as process, layers of oil paint, collage and textured pastes are applied onto the canvas.