Painting has always been Pier Luigi Baffoni’s passion. He was inspired and influenced by professional painters in his family and their vast range of subjects, from portraiture to landscape and still life. They also introduced him to a wide variety of media, such as oils, pastels and watercolours.
For many years Pier has been painting in oils, watercolours and pastels directly from life. With this long experience, he feels confident in also making use of photographic material.
He is very interested in how, through an understanding of the complementary colours, one can achieve warm or cool temperatures and an intensity of light. He finds it useful, therefore, to prepare for a subject in oils through preliminary sketches in pastel. For his oil paintings Pier uses mainly brushes and occasionally palette knife. He works on canvas, canvas board and board.
An area of particular interest to him is portraiture, which he finds most exciting when done from life.
1932 Born on 11 August in Turin, Italy
1954-58 Studied Art at Artigianelli Institute, Turin
1975 Elected a Member of the National Society of Painters, Sculptors and Printmakers
1979 Elected a Member of the Royal Institute of Oil Painters
2015 Elected Honorary Senior Member of the Royal Institute of Oil Painters
Served as a Council Member of both societies for several years
Taught Art in Adult Education for two years in Bedfordshire Education Department
National Society of Painters, Sculptors and Printmakers
2005 - Alan Gourley Prize for The Two Sisters
2001 - The Le Clerc Fowle Medal for an outstanding group of paintings
1993 - Alan Gourley Prize for Summer
1993 - Top Public Vote for Kasia
1983 - Prize for Best Figure Painting for On the Terrace
2007 Amersham, Buckinghamshire
1986 Bromham Mill, Bedfordshire
1981 Hitchin, Hertfordshire
1979 Luton, Bedfordshire
Cork Street, London
Albemarle Street, London
A Modern Oil Impressionist and cover design in Artists & Illustrators, 1995
Chapter in Modern Oil Impressionists by Ron Ranson, 1992
Renewal of Vision and cover design in Leisure Painter, 1986