Artists > Tony Birks-Hay DFA ARBS
Tony Birks-Hay DFA, MA (Oxon), ARBS was trained in painting and sculpture at the Slade School of Fine Art in london and gained a Commended Diploma and Sculpture Prize.
He first exhibited at the Royal Academy in the 1960's and regularly at the Royal West of England Academy since 1990, where he has been an invited artist. He has recently had one-man exhibitions in Oxford, London, Ely, Portugal and at Alpha House Gallery, Sherborne. His work is chosen for the Millfield Open each year, and his paintings are in collections in Canada, USA, France, Germany, Holland, Denmark, Italy, Portugal, Sweden, Ireland, Belgium, Switzerland, Australia, New Zealand and the UK.
He accepts commissions for portraits in oils and in bronze, and these have included Lord Tonypandy, Speaker of the house of Commons, the Principal of St. Edmund Hall, Oxford and Dr. Ian Scargill, Senior Fellow of the College. He has studios in London and Somerset and writes regularly on the arts.
I am interested in colour and the quality of paint - the marks the brush makes on the canvas. It is painterly quality which links Cezanne with Tapies, Rembrandt with Manet and Sickert.
Apart from painting people, which I love, I am drawn to landscapes, expecially rugged ones by the sea, and the softer landscapes of central France. I try to find the essence in the landscape, and the paintings I make can be quite abstract, with texture and unusual colour. Sometimes I paint the same subject again and again - flowers and fruit until they fade and die.
The painters who have influenced me most, apart from Cezanne, are Nolde, the Scottish Colourists and most of all Matisse.
Tony Birks-Hay DFA ARBS