Charles Bone PPRI
I work in oils on canvas, pastels and watercolour on acid-free watercolour paper, in ceramics. I also use sketchbooks and create wall murals. I have a traditional way of working. I always work from life and often work on several works at a time.
My inspiration comes from what I see in front of me. I work across the world and often drive for two hours until I find something that fires me up and then I will spend two days painting it. I dive straight into making work.
With watercolour I paint from pale to dark and in oils, I tint the canvas using lead-based undercoat. In the past I have used bright colours and worked on top of them, so that the hue comes through.
1926 Born on 15 September in Farnham, Surrey
Studied at Farnham College of Art and the Royal College of Art
Lecturer at Brighton University
Former Director of the Royal Institute Gallery in Piccadilly
Former Governor of the Mall Galleries
Appointed Vice President and then President of the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours
Former Arts Critic for Art Review
Hon. Federation of Canadian Artists, Hon. Botanical Artists, ARCA
‘Landscape Prize and Travelling Fellowship’, Federation of British Industry
‘The Hunting Group Prize for the Most Outstanding Watercolour by a British Artist’
Large murals completed in Spain, Italy and Eton Square, London. 52 solo exhibitions in London, Amsterdam, Los Angeles and recently in Spain.
New English Art Club Annual Exhibition, Mall Galleries, London
Royal Society of British Artists, Mall Galleries, London
Royal Academy of Arts, London
Appeared on BBC television news and radio, Southern Television and recorded on Australian television and television in Hong Kong.
‘Charles Bone’s Waverley’, foreword by HRH the Prince of Wales
‘The Authors’ Circle’, foreword by Sir John Gielgud
‘Cathedrals’, foreword by the Archbishop of Canterbury