COLIN WILLEY


Based in Dorchester in Dorset on the south coast of England, Colin Willey has become a highly sought-after and accomplished landscape artist, with work in numerous private and public collections throughout the UK and beyond, including a series of landscapes commissioned by the Palace of Westminster, London to hang in the House of Lords.

Born in 1972 he had his first breaks after winning prestigious awards at the Royal Institute of Oil Painters (ROI) and the Mall Galleries, London. He has exhibited for the last ten years with Carina Haslam Art at all the major UK art fairs, where he has consistently been one of CHA’s and the AAF’s best-selling artists. Colin has also exhibited regularly at the Royal Society of Marine Artists (RSMA) and the New English Art Club (NEAC). 

Colin’s work is principally about light and its effects – how light continually changes, transforming the landscape from one moment to the next. Expressing his fascination for the ancient 'Jurassic' coasts of Dorset and East Devon he spontaneously captures its vast skies, billowing clouds and shimmering light. He has an instinctive feel for the uniquely dramatic quality of that stretch of the English coastline, which is now a designated World Heritage site.
 

Mixed exhibitions

2016 (with Carina Haslam Art)

        Affordable Art Fair (AAF), London: Battersea/Hampstead
        AAF New York 

 

2015 (with Carina Haslam Art)

        20/21 International Art Fair, Royal College of Art, London 

        AAF London: Battersea/Hampstead

        AAF New York 

        Chelsea Art Fair

        AAF Bristol
        Cambridge City Art Fair

 

2014  

        20/21 International Art Fair, Royal College of Art,London 

        AAF, London Battersea

        (and annually since 2003 with Carina Haslam Art)

        Oxford and Cambridge Art Fairs
        AAF New York with CHA
        Chelsea Art Fair, London with CHA

 

2013 (with Carina Haslam Art)    

        AAF London Hampstead
        AAF Bristol
        Chelsea Art Fair
        Cambridge Art Fair

Solo exhibitions

2012     

        Gallery on the square, Poundbury
        Dorset County Hospital, Dorchester   

 

2011

        Blue Sky Gallery, Bridport
 

2009

        Brownsword Hall, Poundbury
 

2008

        The Pierrepoint Gallery, Bridport

 

2005     

        Elder & Froy, Poundbury
        Brownsword Hall, Poundbury

2003     

        Dorset County Museum, Dorchester
 

2000     

        The Gallery Dorchester

Further mixed exhibitions

1998–present    Wykeham Gallery, Stockbridge
2011–present    Lyndhurst Gallery, Hampshire
2011–present    Mulberry Tree Gallery, Swanage
2010-–present   Blue Sky Gallery, Bridport
2012–present    D’Art Gallery, Dartmouth
2009–present    Artemisia Gallery, Abbotsbury
2010                  'Artists of the Jurassic Coast’, Eype Centre for the Arts
2007–2010        Russell Gallery, Putney
2004–2010        The Pierrrepoint Gallery, Bridport
2010                  ‘New Beginnings’, Dorchester
2004–2006        Carina Haslam at the Lennox Gallery, London

Open exhibitions

2005–present                  ‘Art for Youth’,  Royal College of Art

1998, 2000, 2001, 2006  New English Art Club

1997, 1999, 2001, 2002  Royal Society of Marine Artists

1997, 2001                      Royal Institute of Oil Painters
2001                                Royal Society of British Artists
1999, 2000                      Royal West of England Academy

1997                                The Laing Landscape Exhibition

 

Publications

Two articles for The Artist magazine
Feb 2003: Represented on the front cover of Ideal Home magazine
Jul 2009: Featured in Dorset Magazine
Featured in the book Art Class, published by Harper Collins

Training

1996–1997        University of Brighton, PGCE (Art & Design)
1992–1995        Cheltenham & Gloucester College, BA (Hons) Fine Art
1991–1992        Harrow College, Foundation (Art & Design)

Awards 

2005                  Winner of the Diana Brooks prize, ‘Art for Youth’ London

1997, 2001        Finalist in the Winsor and Newton Young Artist competition


Public collections

2011                  Triptych for the National Health Service (NHS), England

2011                  House of Lords, Westminster, London

 

Major acquisition by the Palace of Westminster, London: four paintings purchased for the House of Lords permanent collection