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Biography

Born in Tamworth, Staffordshire in 1951. After a foundation art course at Nuneaton School of Art and a graphic design course at Twickenham College there followed a brief time spent working as a designer for the JW Thompson advertising agency before beginning to paint in 1970.

Throughout the 1980's and 90's painted portraits to commission and began to illustrate books on art technique and various subjects including those dealing with travel, horticulture and food.

Began to write and produce art books in the mid 1980's with 32 titles written to date. The Instant Artist, published by Collins and Brown, own the Artists Choice Book of the Year award in 2001. There have been many contributions to various art magazines and consultancy work on several art part works.

For several years taught at summer painting workshops conducted near Arezzo in Italy.

Of late work concentrates on the landscape both in the UK and abroad. Work is produced using a wide range of materials but primarily watercolour, acrylic and oil paint.

Works are held in private collections in the UK the USA, Europe and Australia. Work is regularly exhibited at open shows held by The Royal Watercolour Society, The Royal Institute of Painters and The Chelsea Arts Society. Work has also been shown in the Discerning Eye Exhibitions and The Sunday Times Watercolour Competitions.Studio opened once a year for ARTHOUSE, Richmond upon Thames open studio scheme or by appointment.

Bi

Ian Sidaway a brief critique

Laborare est orare The artist is our guide and opens our eyes so that we may see the world afresh. Sidaway’s oblique and surprising compositions take commonplace objects and landscapes and imbue them with radiancy. He can best be described by terms such as ascetic, purposeful, studied, intellectual and analytical. There is a serious purpose  to Sidaway's approach to painting in a world where so many frivolous and inept daubs pass as academic painting. Take a golden chain from Lascaux through to Ruskin, Tonks, Coldstream and Uglow and we find painters of Sidaway’s quality forging a necessary 21st Century link.

But his work is never cold – he is witty, poetic and yes, challenging. You have to learn to see his compositions, but can return time and again to experience a fresh stimulus.

Superb draughtsmanship provides the balanced foundation for Sidaway’s paintings. His sketch books are filled with plein air studies; drawings expanding and commanding two pages of his trademark ‘moleskin’ sketchbook, or just one page, a mosaic of tiny ‘thumbnail’ drawings. But most stunning of all are the watercolour ‘thumbnails’ that delight the eye like a case of jewels. Dancing transparent washes of alizarin, cobalt and cadmium bound by graphite lines reminiscent of stained glass windows. (A&I Jan 2006)

This is the engine room of Sidaway’s paintings – the study, the thumbnails, the drawing, the compositional risk, the ubiquitous ‘moleskin’ sketchbook; surely a lesson for the aspiring young painter.

Megaliths and Sarsen stones feature in his recent work and his composition gives us pause for thought. He does not choose the straightforward descriptive ‘view’ one might expect on a postcard. Scale is the important feature, in particular with the Avebury stones which are placed firmly in the foreground and in some paintings cropped. The overall sensation is the incredible size and weight of the stones. Working contre jour Sidaway gives us chiaroscuro of such intensity we can almost feel the heat of the sun contrasted against the inky black shadows of the trees. There is no doubting the meaning of these paintings – Sidaway captures the astonishing fortitude of our Neolithic ancestors who gave us the myths and legends of the megaliths. (The Artist June 2010)

Square dances, Sidaway’s compositions always seem to push the boundaries of the Golden Ratio and this is most evident when he is working his designs within a square format (eschewed by most painters); ensuring that, within the limitations, he positions the point of interest beautifully. Diagonals are balanced with horizontals and the colour harmonies balance the tonal shifts so that we are led around the painting’s dizzying perspective. We are left wondering why one would choose any other format such is his mastery! (The Artist Oct 2010)

Master and mentor, Ian Sidaway has devoted much of his professional life to the task of inspiring and guiding the many auto-didactic painters. To anyone who was not fortunate enough to study fine art there is a wealth of published material from the gentle hand of Ian Sidaway. There are many experienced painters with ‘MA’ behind their name who could benefit from a serious look at his teaching projects too! And for the benefit of those inspired by his work I have added a selected bibliography to this critique.

Selected bibliography – the work of Ian Sidaway

Art journals:

Artist and Illustrators 2005, 2006, 2007 - The Chelsea Magazine Company, London

The Artist 2009, 2010 - The Artist Publishing Company Ltd, Tenterden

Books:

Watercolour Ian Sidaway - 1996 Sunburst Books London

The Color[sic] Mixing Bible Ian Sidaway - 2002 Watson-Gupthill, New York

The Acrylic Artist’s Bible Marylin Scott - 2005 Search Press, Tunbridge Wells

(Using glazes – The Sphinx, the Pyramids and Alice at Giza)

Fundamentals of Drawing and Painting general editor: Richard Taylor - 2006 Amber, London

(Studies in orange, green and purple; seasonal palettes for spring, summer, autumn and winter)

 

 

 

 

With respect and admiration, Stephen Clifton BA(Hons), PGCertMan, MCIPS

15th December 2010

 

 

 


Biography

Born in TBiography

Born in Tamworth, Staffordshire in 1951. After a foundation art course at Nuneaton School of Art and a graphic design course at Twickenham College there followed a brief time spent working as a designer for the J W Thompson advertising agency before beginning to paint in 1970.

Throughout the 1980s and 90s painted portraits to commission and began to illustrate books on art technique and various other subjects including those dealing with travel, horticulture and food.

Began to write and produce instructional art books in the mid 1980s with 32 titles written to date. The Instant Artist, published by Collins and Brown, won the Artists Choice book of the year award in 2001. There have been many contributions to various art magazines and consultancy work on several art part works.

For several years taught at summer painting workshops conducted near Arezzo in Italy

Of late work concentrates on the landscape both in the UK and abroad. Work is produced using a wide range of materials but primarily watercolour, acrylic and oil paint.

Works are held in private collections in the UK the USA, Europe and Australia. Work is regularly exhibited at open shows held by The Royal Watercolour Society, The Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolour, The Royal Society of British Artists, The Pastel Society, The Royal Institute of Oil Painters and the Chelsea Arts Society. Work has also been shown in the Discerning Eye exhibitions and The Sunday Times Watercolour Competitions.

Studio opened once a year for ARTHOUSE Richmond upon Thames open studio scheme or by appointment.

amworth, Staffordshire in 1951. After a foundation art course at Nuneaton School of Art and a graphic design course at Twickenham College there followed a brief time spent working as a designer for the J W Thompson advertising agency before beginning to paint in 1970.

Throughout the 1980s and 90s painted portraits to commission and began to illustrate books on art technique and various other subjects including those dealing with travel, horticulture and food.

Began to write and produce instructional art books in the mid 1980s with 32 titles written to date. The Instant Artist, published by Collins and Brown, won the Artists Choice book of the year award in 2001. There have been many contributions to various art magazines and consultancy work on several art part works.

For several years taught at summer painting workshops conducted near Arezzo in Italy

Of late work concentrates on the landscape both in the UK and abroad. Work is produced using a wide range of materials but primarily watercolour, acrylic and oil paint.

Works are held in private collections in the UK the USA, Europe and Australia. Work is regularly exhibited at open shows held by The Royal Watercolour Society, The Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolour, The Royal Society of British Artists, The Pastel Society, The Royal Institute of Oil Painters and the Chelsea Arts Society. Work has also been shown in the Discerning Eye exhibitions and The Sunday Times Watercolour Competitions.

Biography

 

 

 

aton School of Art and a graphic design course at Twickenham College there followed a brief time spent working as a designer for the J W Thompson advertising agency before beginning to paint in 1970.

Throughout the 1980s and 90s painted portraits to commission and began to illustrate books on art technique and various other subjects including those dealing with travel, horticulture and food.

Began to write and produce instructional art books in the mid 1980s with 32 titles written to date. The Instant Artist, published by Collins and Brown, won the Artists Choice book of the year award in 2001. There have been many contributions to various art magazines and consultancy work on several art part works.

For several years taught at summer painting workshops conducted near Arezzo in Italy

Of late work concentrates on the landscape both in the UK and abroad. Work is produced using a wide range of materials but primarily watercolour, acrylic and oil paint.

Works are held in private collections in the UK the USA, Europe and Australia. Work is regularly exhibited at open shows held by The Royal Watercolour Society, The Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolour, The Royal Society of British Artists, The Pastel Society, The Royal Institute of Oil Painters and the Chelsea Arts Society. Work has also been shown in the Discerning Eye exhibitions and The Sunday Times Watercolour Competitions.

Studio opened once a year for ARTHOUSE Richmond upon Thames open studio scheme or by appointment.

 

 

 




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