Louis Valtat ~ Fauve painter

Louis Valtat [1869-1952] was born in Dieppe on 8 August, 1869. He studied at le Lycée Hoche in Versailles where his parents lived. In 1886, when he was 17 years old, he applied for admission at the Ecole des Beaux Arts and completed his training at the Académie Julian where he made friends with Albert André and Pierre Bonnard. In 1890, he won the Jauvin d’Attainville prize; he then set up his workshop at rue de La Glacière in Paris. In 1893, he took part in the Salon des Artistes Indépendants for the first time. His paintings covered one main theme: the life in the neighbouring streets such as “Sur le boulevard” which Félix Fénéon duly noted.

Ralf Heynen, 1978 ~ Figurative painter

Ralf Heynen is a fine arts painter from Nijmegen, The Netherlands. Despite the first impression of a sophisticated and detailed picture his technique is based upon light and tonality and typical brushstrokes. These strong light effects and the subtle use of colour are typical for his work.

Nicholas Hely Hutchinson, 1955 ~ Neo-Romantic Landscapes

Nicholas Hely Hutchinson is a painter, based in Dorset. Initially influenced by Dufy and Matisse, he has also drawn on the British Neo-Romantic tradition. He settled near Blandford, Dorset, and the countryside of that county and Wiltshire, horse racing, interiors and still life were among his subjects. He studied at Harrow School, Saint Martin's School of Art and Bristol Polytechnic.

Muriel Barclay ~ Figurative painter

Scottish painter Muriel Barclay has an unusual arts background. Born and bred in Glasgow she graduated with a degree from Edinburgh University before heading to London where she initially worked in Jacques O’Hana’s Gallery in London’s Mayfair.
She returned to Glasgow to teach history and raise her family, while at the same time studying Drawing and Painting at Glasgow School of Art and History of Fine Art at the Open University.

Felix Ziem ~ The Barbizon school of painters

Félix Ziem (1821-1911) was a French painter in the style of the Barbizon School. He was born Félix-Francois Georges Philibert Ziem in Beaune in the Côte-d'Or département of the Burgundy région of France. His mother was a native of Burgundy who married an immigrant. Originally, Ziem planned to be an architect and studied at the School of Architecture in Dijon, and for a time worked as an architect. In 1839 he moved to Marseilles, where he received some informal instruction in painting from Adolphe Monticelli.

Juan Gonzalez Alacreu, 1937 ~ Impressionist painter

Spanish painter Juan González Alacreu was born in Burriana, Castellón, in 1937. At eight years he took classes in Arts and Crafts and at 16 he won a scholarship to the School of Fine Arts of San Carlos de Valencia. He worked for years in the illustration for various publishers until he decided to devote himself to painting.
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