At the age of twelve Ivan started attending art college on day release from school. Eight years of full time art training followed, firstly at the Wolverhampton College of Art and then The Royal College of Art. Since college, art has been his life, working with commercial commissions, his own painting and part time lecturing. Ivan considers good draughtsmanship, and drawing from life of prime importance. Ivan’s greatest inspiration is water, the sea in all it’s moods, reflections in rivers and canals, and the moods they produce.
Ivan works from life, he makes sketches, takes reference photographs, and completes his paintings in his studio. He prefers to plan paintings on large sheets of paper which allows greater freedom and control of the composition.
Ivan works in oils, watercolour and line. He uses Arches 680gm paper for watercolour and line work. For oil painting he uses Vasari oil paint, with Michael Harding Oleo Resin Medium and Robersons glaze medium. He uses French or Dutch stretched linen canvas for oils.
1939 Born on 5 August, Bilston, Staffs
1954-59 Studied Intermediate and National Diploma in Design (specialising in Illustration) at Wolverhampton College of Art
1959-62 Studied Illustration at the Royal College of Art
1962-63 Visiting Lecturer at Hornsey and Rochester Colleges of Art
1964-83 Visiting Lecturer in Life Drawing and Outdoor Drawing and Illustration at St Martin’s School of Art
1978-80 Visiting Lecturer at Ruskin School of Art, Oxford University
1981-89 Visiting Lecturer in Illustration at Camberwell School of Art
1990-96 Visiting Lecturer in Illustration and Life Drawing at Kingston University
2008 Elected an Associate Member of the Royal Society of Marine Artists
Associate Royal College of Art
Certificate of Merit, Designers & Art Directors Association, 1966
Lord Mayor’s Art Award, 1970 and 1971
The Charles Pears Memorial Award, Royal Society of Marine Artists, 2006 and 2007
2008- British Modern Masters (touring)
2006- St Stephen’s Festival of Arts and Faith, London
2004- Tower of London Environs Exhibition
2003- Singer & Friedlander/Sunday Times Watercolour Competition, Mall Galleries, London
2003- ING Discerning Eye, Mall Galleries, London
2003- New English Art Club Annual Exhibition, Mall Galleries, London
2003- Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours Annual Exhibition, Mall Galleries, London
2003- Royal Institute of Oil Painters Annual Exhibition, Mall Galleries, London
2003- Royal Society of Marine Artists Annual Exhibition, Mall Galleries, London
2002- Radio Times Golden Age of Illustration, Ashmolean Museum, Oxford
2000- Millennium Exhibition, The White Tower, Tower of London
1988- Gerald of Wales, Cardiff
I have examples of my work on display at many historic Roman sites, castles and great houses in Great Britain, administered by English Heritage, CADW, National Trust, Historic Royal Palaces and many Museums. My reconstruction paintings appear in the guide books of the sites.
My work has also appeared in many publications.