Jane Corsellis NEAC RBA
Jane Corsellis is a painter, draughtsman and printmaker who was born in Oxford. She studied art at Byam Shaw School of Art 1960-64 gaining the Leverhulme Scholarship and final year painting prize. She exhibited with Young Contempories and at the RA Summer Exhibition. After college she painted in Spain before becoming a teacher for two years. From the early 1970’s she travelled extensively including Canada, Malaysia, India, Thailand, Indonesia and Australia. As well as showing abroad she continues to exhibit with the NEAC and RBA both of which she is a member. She has had a series of solo shows at New Academy Gallery and has published her book Painting Figures in Light.
Eileen Alice Soper RMS SWLA
(1905 - 1990)
Eileen Soper is best known for her illustration of Enid Blyton “Famous Five” books but she was also an outstanding artist in other fields. Her etchings, drawings and watercolours of flowers, animals and people were outstanding and she exhibited in this country and America.. She was entirely taught by her father George Soper, a well known engraver. Eileen remains the youngest exhibitor at the Royal Academy aged 15. She remained a spinster all her life and the only known romantic attachment she formed was with the Olympic sprinter Eric Liddell. She and her father were very keen on wildlife and allowed their four acre garden to become a wilderness and sanctuary for birds and animals. One of her squirrel pictures is in the Queens collection. The studio that she had at the bottom of their Herefordshire garden became so overgrown that after her death many of her works were discovered after a friend hacked his way through to the building. The works were sold at Bonhams in 1992.
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Pauline Fazakerley RI
Pauline Fazakerley has been a member of the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolour since 1997and has exhibit regularly at various and provincial art galleries. Pauline spent five years full time study at Camberwell School of Art gaining a first class honours and a silver medal. After graduating she worked as a professional designer for six years followed by twelve years as Head of Art in a private school, later teaching adult education in various Art colleges. She was awarded the Rowland Hilder / Kingsmead prize at the RI.
Debra Manifold BA PS
(1961 – 2002)
Born in London on 28th August 1961 Debra Manifold was educated at Northwood Comprehensive and studied art at Harrow School of Art from 1978 to 1983. She studied under Norman Ackroyd RA and David Gluck RWS at the Central School of Art and Design between 83 and 84. Debra was an artist in Pastel, oil and watercolour who exhibited regularly at Pastel Society and Institute of Painters in Watercolour exhibitions at the Mall Galleries. She also exhibited widely including Westminster Gallery, Societe des Pastellistes de France in Paris, Barbican Centre, National Theatre in London and in Canada. Elected a member of the Pastel Society in 1995. Debra was diagnosed with Cancer and died in 2002, a tragic curtailment to a very talented artist who was cut off in her prime.
Debra’s work was a personal vision of urban life and is exemplified by her subject matter which was a selection of atmospheric scenes. A view that an onlooker might feel is unremarkable is enlivened by Debra’s pastels in her distinctive style.