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Contemporary Derbyshire and Peak District Artists


Some Contemporary Derbyshire and Peak District Artists

William J Swann FRSA - Professional Artist

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Born in Old Glossop in 1951, into one of Derbyshire's oldest farming families, Swann's work is in private collections in America, United Kingdom, the Isle of Man, Ireland and Bermuda. He specialises in outdoor work in endangered remote landscapes, including the Northern Peak District, Highland and estuaries ofast Anglia and France.

Howard Levitt - Professional Artist

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Studied art at Manchester Polytechnic and graduated in 1978 with a BA(Hons) Degree in Graphic Design ,specialising in Illustration. Freelanced as an Illustrator in London for three years represented by 'Young Artists' agency-working in Advertising and Publishing. Relocated to Derbyshire and freelanced for Manchester Advertising Agencies and now focussing on painting and drawing my own works ,mainly Landscapes and Architectual studies, with occasional briefs from all of the above.Private commissions welcome.

Mark Langley - Fine Artist

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Mark is one of the most skilled pencil artists in his field. He produces exceptionally detailed pieces portraying a wide variety of subjects in black and white, or colour.

Whilst currently best known for equestrian portraits Mark started his career with a series of railway studies as a teenager. These unusually accurate pencil studies defined the style for which he is now known. These works typically took in excess of 70 hours to complete and are particularly notable for their accurate expression of the atmosphere and grime of the steam age. These studies also show Mark’s ability to achieve the depth and contrast indicative of a great drawing at an early age.

Mark trained as an illustrator, designer and photographer, winning a number of competitions whilst at college. He has been working as a designer and commercial artist since graduating in 1995.

This varied experience enabled him to develop a unique style and feel for his subjects which has enabled him to create pictures with soul.

Mark’s style is photo-realistic and he usually works in pencil or colour pencil because these media enable him to portray a far greater level of detail and accuracy than any other.

When undertaking commissions Mark likes to have the opportunity to meet his subjects either human or otherwise, although he works predominantly from photographs following a detailed discussion with the client to ensure that their commission meets all their highest expectations.

Mark undertook his first equestrian portrait around the time he took up riding. He is now a keen rider and has a sizeable portfolio of equestrian studies including heads, groups of horses, full horses and ridden horses.

In addition Mark produces excellent portraits of other animals, and people. He undertakes transport and architectural studies whenever opportunities arise and is always interested in new challenges.

Sheila Gill

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Sheila Gill of Chesterfield is a professional watercolor artist who has earned a number of ‘highly commended’ awards, and has become a member of the Fine Art Trade Guild and the Society of Floral Painters.

Flowers as a subject, though, have been joined by landscapes and animals. “I’ve always loved gardening,” explains Sheila, “and flower painting was a natural extension of this passion. But the beauty of the Derbyshire landscape, particularly the White Peak, begs to be painted, and I spend a lot of time working outdoors.

“I’m inordinately fond of Venice, and I’ve worked there a couple of times, as for animals, I love horses, hares and cats. Unfortunately, my son’s allergic to the latter, so I use next door’s resident feline Barney as a model.”

Sheila is delighted to have won the following two awards at Patchings Art Festival The Artist and Leisure Painter Patchings 2005 Competition has become an important part of the annual Art Festival at Patchings. The interest in the competition continues to grow with almost 1400 entries from throughout the UK and overseas.

Pam Ibbotson

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Pollyana Pickering

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Richard Clare

Artist and Graphic designer

Michael Barnfather

Born at Ilkeston, Michael Barnfather studied at the Derby College of Art, 2 years later becoming a technical artist at Rolls Royce.

Pauline Townsend

Silk painter. website at

Dave Griffin

Stained Glass Artist. website at

Clive Allcock Bowden

Landscape Painter

Daniel Meredith

Daniel Meredith is a freelance surrealist artist, illustrator and cartoonist

Michael Crawley

Has produced many paintings, in watercolour and oils and worked at Royal Crown Derby painting Derbyshire scenes on special porcelain wares often using his own landscapes and flower paintings as a basis for decoration.

Jean Hobson

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Ghislaine Howard

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Christine Waygood

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