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Artists > Charles Bone PPRI ARCA Hon FCA

Charles Bone PPRI, ARCA, Hon FCA is a recognised UK award winning painter and watercolour artist. Author and Illustrator, Charles' works are in private collections, including some members of the Royal Family. Most national UK papers have mentioned his work and he has had features appear in a number of magazines and received interviews on national network television. He has exhibited in the Royal Academy, the new English Art Club, London Group, RBA, Singer and Friedlander and touring exhibitions worldwide. He is illustrator of three books, and has held 41 joint exhibitions with his late wife, the sculptor Sheila Mitchell FRBS both in the UK and Internationally.

A Royal College of Art graduate Charles has exhibited many watercolours and oils in the Royal Academy, the first when still a student. He was elected to the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours and became a Director of the Royal Institute Galleries in Piccadilly. He was later elected as Vice President and President of the Royal Institute for 10 years. He was also a former lecturer at the University of Brighton Faculty of Fine Art.

He has been awarded the Hunting Group Prize for the most outstanding watercolour by a British Artist for that year. He has served as Governor and sometimes Chairman of the Federation of British Artists, and is an honorary member of the Botanical Artists and Medical Art Society.

His published works include:

  • Charles Bone's Waverley (foreword by HRH The Prince of Wales)
  • The Authors Circle (foreword by Sir John Gielgud)
  • Anglican Cathedrals in the UK (foreword by the Archbishop of Canterbury)
Charles has completed murals in Eton Square, London, in Meretea Italy for Sir Frederick Wood, and in El Madronal, Spain for Mr David Wickins. Other schemes include Stourhead and the late Paul Getty senior.

Society Membership:

Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours

Other Society Memberships:

Hon. Federation of Canadian Artists, Hon. Botanical Artists, ARCA


1926 Born on 15 September in Farnham, Surrey
Studied at Farnham College of Art and the Royal College of Art
Lecturer at Brighton University
Former Director of the Royal Institute Gallery in Piccadilly
Former Governor of the Mall Galleries
Appointed Vice President and then President of the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours
Former Arts Critic for Art Review


Large murals completed in Spain, Italy and Eton Square, London. 52 solo exhibitions in London, Amsterdam, Los Angeles and recently in Spain.
New English Art Club Annual Exhibition, Mall Galleries, London
Royal Society of British Artists, Mall Galleries, London
Royal Academy of Arts, London

Method of working:

I work in oils on canvas, pastels and watercolour on acid-free watercolour paper, in ceramics. I also use sketchbooks and create wall murals. I have a traditional way of working. I always work from life and often work on several works at a time. My inspiration comes from what I see in front of me. I work across the world and often drive for two hours until I find something that fires me up and then I will spend two days painting it. I dive straight into making work. With watercolour I paint from pale to dark and in oils, I tint the canvas using lead-based undercoat. In the past I have used bright colours and worked on top of them, so that the hue comes through.

Scholarships, Awards, Prizes:

‘Landscape Prize and Travelling Fellowship’, Federation of British Industry
‘The Hunting Group Prize for the Most Outstanding Watercolour by a British Artist’


Appeared on BBC television news and radio, Southern Television and recorded on Australian television and television in Hong Kong.

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Image from Charles Bone 

Grand Canal


Image from Charles Bone 

Venice by Night


Venice by night
Charles Bone PPRI ARCA Hon FCA


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