Paul Banning is a traditional watercolourist specialising in painting plein air. Paul paints in all weathers, although when this is not possible, he does work in the studio from his own sketches made on site with back up photographs. Paul prefers to only paint a subject that he has actually experienced.
Paul is a traditional watercolour painter primarily using watercolours. He paints on handmade watercolour paper made by Two Rivers.
Paul's method of working involves many thin glazes of transparent paint, which gives a great sense of both colour and depth to the painting. He will often apply as many as 20 layers of paint before the work is completed.
As a plein air painter, if Paul can finish a work on site he will do so. However, sketching is an excellent way of gathering material. Paul does also take a photograph of most of the subjects that he paints, at the start and finish of the work.
The artist often has many works on the go, and switches from oils to watercolours without a problem. With oils he often gathers material with a small pochade box, producing 8”x10” small works that are then a base for development into finished, bigger pictures.
1934 Born in Port of Spain Trinidad
1946-52 Studied at Clifton College, Bristol
1953-57 Obtained a National Diploma in Design (Hons), specialising in Furniture Design.
1957-59 National Service Commission Army.
Obtained a Full Technology Diploma in Cabinet and Chair Making, West of England College of Art, Bristol
1986 Professional Painter, teaches painting privately and at Dedham Hall
2002 Elected an Associate Member of the Royal Society of Marine Artists
2004 Elected a Member of the Royal Society of Marine Artists
2005 Elected a Member of the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours
2006 Elected an Associate Member of the Royal Institute of Oil Painters
2004-08 Served as a Council Member of the Royal Society of Marine Artists
2013 to date Council Member of the RSMA
2008-2014 Council Member of the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours.
Wapping Group of Artists, Armed Forces Art Society, Chelsea Art Society, Farnham Art Society
‘Freshfields Prize’, Royal Watercolour Society, 2000
‘Llewellyn Alexander Prize’, Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours, 2002
‘Prize for Best Work’, Armed Forces Art Society, 2005
‘Chelsea Army Museum Prize’, 2007
‘St Cuthberts Mill Award’, Royal Society of Marine Artists, 2008
The Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours The Turner Watercolour award and medal, 2011
2008 St Clair Gallery, Connecticut, USA
2006 Lincoln Joyce Fine Art, Great Bookham
2005 Wykeham Gallery, Stockbridge
2002 Peninsula Gallery, Delaware, USA
2001/02/05/07 Alresford Gallery, Alresford
1997 Tryon and Swan Gallery, Cork Street, London
1996/97/98 De Veenderij Gallery, Holland
1993/94/95 Century Gallery, Datchet
Several articles in ‘The Artist’ and ‘Artists and Illustrators’
‘The Wapping Group of Artists: Sixty Years of Painting by the Thames’, Seafarer Books
Paul tends to work on location and likes to finish works in one sitting where possible. He may also sketch or take photographs to gather material. As subject matter the artist is interested in anything from landscapes and seascapes to marine subjects, such as vessels or harbours. While happy to following a client's instruction, if the artist feels a mismatch between brief and subject matter he may suggest tweaks that could be made. Paul will often apply as many as 20 layers of paint before work is completed, so the commission process may potentially take up to a week.
Numerous private commissions