Ian’s loose, expressive yet painterly interpretations of exotic wildlife have brought him considerable acclaim and success over his long career. Each majestic creature is beautifully portrayed in a fresh and contemporary style. Ian’s father was a talented amateur artist and he himself was fortunate enough to be taught by acclaimed artist Fred Yates. In 1969 he joined the Royal Ballet and here he was privileged to witness Fonteyn and Nureyev, one of the greatest dance partnerships of all time, at close quarters. This, he says, taught him that greatness can only be achieved by incredible devotion and commitment – a philosophy that has dominated his approach to his art. After completing four years of training at Covent Garden, he moved on to concentrate on painting as a full time career.
Ian’s first one man show in Mayfair sold out within the first hour. Since then he has gone on to become one of the finest artists in the country.
Great admirer of John Singer Sargent and the Old Newlyn School painters; also privileged to share an exhibition with the late wildlife artist Donald Grant MBE.
He has donated several paintings to Princess Anne for her charities as well as to the Barn Owl Trust in Devon, a school for street children in Goa and various local charities.