Traditional Watercolours by Phil Biggs
Traditional Watercolours by Phil Biggs

Biography

 

At school, a very long time ago, I excelled at art, I had a wonderful teacher who was colour blind but taught us to draw and observe. I followed school with a year at Lincoln College of Art doing a foundation course to go into graphic design. I never did, but I had the chance to try out different mediums. After leaving college art took a back seat for a few years until I walked into a bookshop and picked up "The Magic of Watercolour" by James Fletcher-Watson. This introduced me into the art of watercolour, it showed me the potential of the medium and it changed my life. I spent the next twenty years learning to paint in watercolour, studying the old masters and finding my own way and a style which suited me.

Today I paint in a very traditional way, en plein air when I can, shunning any 'gimmicks' prefering to just use pencil, brush, lovely artists watercolours and quality papers.

My influences are Turner and the old masters, especially De Wint who mastered tone in watercolour. James Fletcher-Watson, who I had the pleasure of meeting, Ted Wesson, Edward Seago, Roland Hilder and David Bellamy for his energy and enthusiasm and wonderful pictures of the wilder side of our game.

I love to paint the light and atmosphere on this wonderful British landscape and to pass on my enthusiam and knowledge to student painters and see them succeed.

I am always glad to take on commisions and through Heritage Watercolour I actively promote myself as a painter of fine country houses.

 

 

 

Exhibitions

 

I was a regular exhibiter with The Welland Art Group based in Spalding.

24th and 25th October 2010
My first solo exhibition at Moulton Mill near Spalding in Lincolnshire.

 

 

 

Awards

 

Highly Commended for my painting of the Rambler's Church, Walesby in the Lincs Old Churches Trust Art Competition 2010

Finalist in the South Kesteven District Council open art competition 2011

Fourth place in the Lincs Old Churches Trust Art Competition 2011 with my painting of Swarby

 

Third Place in the Lincs Old Trust Art Competition 2015 with my painting of Brauncewell Church

I am always keen to take on commissions of any landscape or architectural subject.

 

 

Phil Biggs

 

20 Chestnut Avenue

Holbeach

Spalding

Lincolnshire

PE12 7NE

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