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Artists > Paul Banning RI RSMA AROI

Paul was born in Trinidad in 1934, educated at Clifton College, Bristol, and the West of England College of Art, gaining NDD Honours in furniture Design.  He served two years national service obtaining a commission in the army and subsequently became a furniture designer in industry. 

Redundancy in1986 gave him the opportunity to start a new career in painting.  Using his design skills, and the basic training at Art School in drawing taught by Victor Passmore RA., he studied the great water colour masters of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, and learned the masterly skills of water colour painting. 

 He is mainly a Plein Air painter, and loves the challenge of painting direct from the subject whenever possible. He travels extensively and is constantly looking for interesting subject matter, whether it  be from a sailing barge in Holland, or in the streets of a dirty old market in India, Egypt, Dubai, or the hot desert sands of Jordan or on the low water shores of the river Thames, or the tranquil country lanes of Hampshire. He is President of the Wokingham Art Society.

Freshfields Prize at the RWS C21 Exhibition 2000
Llewellyn Alexander Award RI 2002
Society Painting prize, Armed Forces Art Society 2005
Chelsea Art Society Painting prize  2004
Armed Forces Art Society Exhibition ,best picture depicting an Army subject. 2007
St Cuthbert's Watercolour award at RSMA 2008

Publications :
Numerous articles for The Artist and Illustrators magazine.   
Articles for The Artist magazine.

Membership of  Societies:
Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours
Royal Society of Marine Artists.
Associate Member of the Royal Institute of Oil Painters
Wapping Group of Artists.
Chelsea Art Society.
Armed Forces Art Society
Associate Member of Farnham Art Society

Paul Banning is mainly a plein air painter, but also works from his studio in Hampshire.

He has exhibited in France Holland USA and Dubai, as well as many Galleries in the South of England. His work has been hung in the RA, and has been accepted in the  

The Sunday Times Singer and Friedlander Watercolour competition,
The Lynn Painter- Stainers Prize, and also in the RWS/Sunday Times Watercolour Competition.


Exhibitions in 2010

Wapping Group of Artists                               The Mall Galleries London         14th to 20th March

Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolour        The Mall Galleries London         20th April - 1st May

Wykeham Gallery Marine Exhibition               Stockbridge                              12th - 26th  June
RSMA Marine

Chelsea Art Society                                       The Old Town Hall, Chelsea     July
Royal Society of Marine Artists                       The Mall Galleries London        11th October to 24th October

Royal Institute of Painters in Oils                     The Mall Galleries London        7th - 19th December

Armed Forces Art Society                               The Mall Galleries London        July



Paul exhibits regularly in a number of galleries in the South of England

Alresford Gallery, Alresford, Hants

Rowley Conteporary Fine Art, Winchester

Lincoln Joyce Fine Art, Surrey

Wykeham Galleries, Stockbridge

The Mall Galleries, London

Peninsula Gallery, Delaware

The Jerram Gallery Sherbourne

The Hawker Gallery Amersham


Dirty British Coaster
Paul Banning RI RSMA AROI


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