Although Roland Green became very much a Norfolk man, he was born in Kent, the son of a taxidermist. His Father taught him how to skin, stuff and set up birds, which gave Roland a fine knowledge of anatomy and plumage. Whilst at school he showed a gift for drawing and painting birds and went on to study at the Rochester School of Art as well as the Regent Street Polytechnic.
Lord Desborough, owner of the Hickling Estate in Norfolk recognised Roland's skill and commissioned him to paint the frieze on the walls of Whiteslea Lodge, depicting the birds on the Hickling Broad.
Roland developed a natural, fluid but accurate style which gave life and movement to his subjects, a skill many bird artists don't achieve. His work became very collectable and his paintings have been eagerly contested in both galleries and auction houses alike.
Edwin Penny was born in Bristol and studied at the Bath College of Art and The Royal West of England Academy. He subsequently worked as an engraver before departing for Hong Kong to study the philosophy of Far Eastern composition under a Chinese Master.
His work is renowned for fine detail and his paintings have proved to be very popular both in top auction houses and at the Frost and Reed Gallery where he has exhibited exclusively for many years. Edwin Penny has enjoyed a strong following both nationally and internationally and his work is to be found in many important collections.
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(1914 - 1970)
Hugh Monahan was born in Dublin and took art classes at The Slade in London after he sustained an injury during WW2.
He had a preference for painting in oils and secured his reputation with his atmospheric trademark pictures of wildfowl.
Hugh Monahan became President of the Wildfowlers Association between 1953-1956, and he co-authored Wildfowlers Year 1953. He exhibited at Victor Waddington Galleries in Dublin during the 1950's and at the British bird art fair at the Belfast museum. Later in his career he went on to exhibit through The Tyron in London and other leading galleries.
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Born - 1937
Richard Robjent lives on the North Norfolk coast and is a keen fisherman, stalker, naturalist and artist. His work was most influenced by Philip Rickman who became his friend and tutor. Perhaps his most popular pictures are his paintings of game birds and waterfowl. Richard Robjent’s work attracts strong support in auctions and galleries alike and his work is also found in many serious collections.
1891 - 1982
Philip Rickman’s interest in birds led him to study in both Paris and London. He was greatly encouraged by George Edward Lodge but his work resembled and was far more influenced by Archibald Thorburn, particularly his trademark waterfowl and gamebirds. In 1920 Philip Rickman held his first exhibition at the Greatorex Gallery in Bond Street, London. After this his talents were recognised by ‘The Field’ and many other sporting publications. He later exhibited through Embletons and The Tryon Gallery. He illustrated and published several books and many of his pictures have passed through London’s top auction houses. Some of his pictures can also be found in museums and many important private collections.
Born 1860 - 1954
George Edward Lodge was born at Horncastle in Lincolnshire, the son of Samuel Lodge. From an early age the young Lodge showed an interest in natural history, drawing and painting. He also learned the art of taxidermy, which gave him a profound understanding of avian anatomy. Although he became greatly admired for all his depictions of birds he had a particular fondness and interest in raptors. He was a great sportsman and particularly enjoyed annual visits to Scotland and Norway where he gathered material for his paintings. There are many who prefer the unsentimental reality of Lodges' raptors and gamebird paintings over his celebrated and renowned friend, Archibald Thorburn.
His work has been greatly admired and collected through auction houses and galleries alike and his name enjoys an international reputation.
Born - 1953
Rodger McPhail was born in West Houghton, Lancashire. He spent time at both Coventry and Liverpool Art Colleges and at aged 19 he achieved the accolade of having the first of what would be many paintings published on the front cover of the “Shooting Times”. He is a prodigious talent and is recognised by many of his peers and many collectors as currently the finest bird artist in Britain. His versatility enables him to paint in either oils or watercolours and a further testament to his unrivalled ability is the skill he demonsrates when painting and drawing cartoons and caricatures.
Mcphail has spent years in the field tracking and studying the habits and character of his subjects, this experience and knowledge is clearly reflected in his work. Like all great artists, he has over time developed and improved his style and technique, so that now his paintings are noticably superior to his very early works. Rodger has held numerous exhibitions at The Tryon Gallery where his paintings have proved extremely popular and he has illustrated several books. His paintings are eagerly sought after both nationally and internationally and are to be found in some of the most important wildlife and bird picture collections around the world.
1898 - 1985 (BEST PRICES PAID)
As a young boy John Cyril Harrison showed an outstanding gift for drawing and his later sketch books reveal a rare talent for accurate observation and draftsmanship. In fact Ron Digby a highly respected contemporary bird artist said that he considered Harrison to be the finest draftsman of all the British bird painters both past and present.
For many years J.C.Harrison lived and worked in Norfolk where he was a keen supporter of the Norfolk Wildlife Trust. He studied at the Slade School of Art and improved his knowledge of anatomy through the practice of taxidermy. He was one of the most popular artists at the major sporting galleries and, in particular, The Tryon Gallery, where his exhibitions were eagerly awaited. Many of his paintings were so sought after, that collectors had to place their names in a hat in order to compete for the pictures they wanted.
J.C.Harrison had a peerless reputation for painting birds in flight, indeed it was Aylmer Tryon himself who remarked that he thought that John Cyril Harrison’s birds in flight surpassed even those of Archibald Thorburn’s. His fluent style gave him the ability to combine wonderful accuracy with a hint of impressionism. That rare combination gave life and movement to his subjects and is the reason why many collectors and commentators rate his finest work as second to none. Numerous J.C.Harrison's have been sold through the top auction houses including the enormously successful January 2012 sale at Bonhams and he has a very strong following, both in Britain and internationally. He has illustrated several books.