Barnham, Nicholas

Nicholas Barnham, whose work is characterised by its strong sense of line, studied painting and stone carving at Norwich School of Art and taught for several years at Cambridge School of Art. His subjects are typically boats, trees and the landscapes of East Anglia and the Shetlands  Born in 1939, he now lives in Norfolk...[Read more]

Bellany, John

John Bellany, CBE, RA, who died in 2013, is one of Britain’s most original contemporary artists. Raised in a God- fearing fishing community on Scotland’s east coast, his life was raucous, perilious and stormy as the North Sea itself. His work, with its bold primary colours and unsettling marine imagery, is unmistakable. Battered boats, gnarled...[Read more]

Blake, Donald

Frederick Donald Blake, to use his full name,  was a leading light of several artists groups in London in the mid 20th century.  Born in Greenock, Scotland in 1908, his family had moved to London when he was a child. He trained at Camberwell School of Art and at fifteen years of age started work as an architectural...[Read more]

Blake, Peter

Sir Peter Blake RA is one of the most inventive and eclectic modern British artists, though perhaps best known to the general public as creator of The Beatle's 'Sergeant Pepper' album cover.  His work is in many public and private collections worldwide. Contributor to Chelsea Arts Club centenary portfolio Photo credit :

Blow, Sandra

Sandra Betty Blow RA (14 September 1925 – 22 August 2006) was an English abstract painter. Born in London. Studied at Saint Martin's School of Art in 1941. In 1947, she travelled to Italy to study art, enrolling in Accademia di Belle Arti, where she met Alberto Burri, her partner for a few years. Contributor to...[Read more]

Bratby, John

John Bratby was the maverick luminary of the British "kitchen sink" artists during the 1950s and '60s, credited as the precursor of Pop Art, though Punk Art might be a better description of  his own work. He was born in 1928, died in 1992. Here are excerpts from his obituary in The Independent: "JOHN BRATBY's...[Read more]

Carey, June

June Carey, a Scottish artist, is one of the most accomplished printmakers in the UK.

Chelsea Arts Club

The Chelsea Arts Club, founded by James McNeill Whistler and others in 1891, published a portfolio of 16 silkscreen prints that had been commissioned from some of its best known members to celebrate the Club's centenary in 1991. While complete sets of all 16 prints occasionally come up for auction,  we have decided that these distinctive and original...[Read more]

Clauzel-Baker, Francine

Francine fled the German invasion of France as a young girl with her parents during World War Two and settled in London in the early 50s. . She is now in her eighties and continues to paint and teach. She is an active member of the Chelsea Arts Club and a Chevalier of the Palmes...[Read more]

Clayton, Inge

Inge Clayton (1942 - 2010) displays an uncompromising eroticism in her work. She came to London in the '60s to work as an au pair and stayed. It was not long before she embarked on her career as an artist after enrolling on a course at the Camden Art Centre. An admirer of Kurt Schwitters...[Read more]

D’Alessandri, Peter

Born 1963, studied for BA at Norwich School of Art, tried a life in the "real world" for twenty odd years, and didn't much care for it. His current work is based on observation of the human figure.

Dine, Jim

Jim Dine, born1935, is an American pop artist, sometimes described as a member of the Neo-Dada movement.  The works here date from the early 1980s and were a gift to fellow artist Stan Smith.

Duranty, Charles

Almost all the works featured here were shown in our "When they were young..." touring exhibition. More information about this exhibition and the extraordinary story behind these paintings in our NEWS section. Charles Duranty, a poet as well as painter, born in Romford, Essex, is best known for his imaginary East Anglian landscapes. Self taught...[Read more]

Dyer, Alan

A man of many parts: as well as being a widely popular British surrealist artist, Alan Dyer teaches at the Coventry School of Art and is a leading light in the organisation that has restored and conserves historic buildings on the city's canals.   Photo credit :

Edwards, Jeff

Contributor to Chelsea Arts Club centenary portfolio

Emin, Tracey

Tracey Emin, CBE, RA, born 3 July 1963. Emin is an English contemporary artist known for her autobiographical and confessional artwork. Emin produces work in a variety of media including drawing, sculpture, painting,  photography, film, neon text and sewn appliqué. Once the "enfant terrible" of the Young British Artists in the 1980s, Tracey Emin is now a Royal Academician of...[Read more]

Fedarb, Ernest

Born in 1905, Ernest Fedarb was married to fellow artist Daphne Fedarb, with whom he regularly travelled to France, where the French landscape became a common theme in their work. Ernest Fedarb's first exhibition - when he was just 21 - was with the Royal Society of British Artists (RBA) in 1926, after which he...[Read more]

Flanagan, Barry

Barry Flanagan was born in Prestatyn, North Wales. He studied architecture at Birmingham College of Art and Crafts and after spells at different colleges was accepted on the Vocational Diploma in Sculpture at St. Martin's School of Art in London in 1964. Flanagan graduated in 1966 and taught at St. Martin's School of Art and...[Read more]

Fraser, Donald Hamilton

"Donald Hamilton Fraser...was one of the most successful and well-regarded young Modernist painters of the immediate postwar generation, his boldly-handled and richly-coloured semi-abstract landscapes and still-lifes establishing him as a promising exponent of the latest Ecole de Paris style.... "Synthesising techniques drawn from De Staël's abstract Tachiste style with his own instincts for the figurative...[Read more]

Gill, Eric

Arthur Eric Rowton Gill ARA  22 February 1882 – 17 November 1940) was an English sculptor, typeface designer, and printmaker, who was associated with the Arts and Crafts movement. (1882 - 1940) Photo credit: Wikipedia

Glenavy, Beatrice

1883 - 1970. One of the few Irish surrealists, Beatrice Glenavy (nee Elvery) was one of the brightest stars of Dublin's artistic and social milieux during the middle of the 20th century. A friend of Yeats, Shaw and D.H. Lawrence, she married Charles Campbell, 2nd Baron Glenavy, in 1912. (Their son, Patrick Campbell, would become...[Read more]

Granger-Taylor, Nicolas

Nicolas is renowned for his nude figure studies, portraits and meticulously executed still lives. Painting exclusively from life, spending weeks, sometimes months, on a single small work using sable brushes, working in oils on fine linen canvas, his paintings have been called “cabinet pictures”, intimate pieces meticulously executed after hours of intense observation, charged with...[Read more]

Hay, Agnes

Agnes Hay is celebrated for her experimental art and films in her native Hungary. Her wire drawings are digital photograms, created by projecting light through small figures made of bent wire onto photosensitive paper. Regarded as subversive during the Communist era, Agnes was the partner of the dissident György Krassó, who came to London in...[Read more]

Hely-Hutchinson, Nicholas

Born in 1955, Nicholas Hely Hutchinson studied at St. Martins School of Art. Since his first one-man exhibition in 1984 he has exhibited many times in London, Dublin and Hong Kong among others. His most recent exhibitions in the UK have been at the Portland gallery in St James, London, where another exhibition of his work takes...[Read more]

Hill, David

David Hill (1914 - 1977) was a gay American artist. He grew up in Cleveland, Ohio, worked and painted in New York from 1942-1947, moving to Paris in 1947, where he spent the rest of his life. He was a close friend of the expatriate Canadian artist Joe Plaskett.