BIOGRAPHY

Hello, and thanks for visiting my ever evolving website.

I am chiefly a watercolourist, yet I also enjoy putting my hand to acrylics, oils, and pen-and-wash. I do not specialise in any particular subject matter, my subject matter is gleaned from the world around me. My representational painting style is clean and precise. I paint what I see.

At the age of fifteen I studied silversmithing at the Sheffield College of Art. There I rubbed shoulders with David Mellor, Keith Tyssen, and Brian Asquith, each to become a leading exponent of Industrial Design. Within a few short years, I became assisitant to Brian Asquith. He was a great influence upon my cultural awareness, and in turn encouraged my painting style.

Throughout the 1960s, I lectured on The History of Silver, at the Sheffield College of Art. This was soon to whet my appetite for teaching full time. So, following a training course in Design and Technology in the early 1970s, I entered teaching, and moved to the Midlands. My teaching career spanned 30 years, during which time I was an examiner for the Cambridge Board, ran various Inset courses for Coventry teachers of Graphic Design, and co-authored a school textbook entitled, "First Technology", published by Hodder and Stoughton in 1989.

It wasn't until I retired from teaching that I took to my paintbrushes in earnest. I now paint full-time from my Midlands studio.

Enjoy this, a showcase of my varied work. Keep visiting. See you again soon.

ERIK CLEWES.

 

Contact me  erikclewes@yahoo.co.uk  I do hope you have enjoyed viewing my work.