Artist Talk -
Wednesday 2nd September 2020
7pm – 9pm
Leicester High School for Girls,
454 London Rd, Leicester LE2 2PP.
Born 1970 in Birmingham, England, his artistic ability was noted from an early age and he was encouraged throughout his education to explore art. After graduating art college in the West Midlands with a Diploma in Art & Design, he found a certain amount of success painting large historical works, mainly in Oils - a number of commissions for heritage buildings in England. During this period opportunities arose in commercial art, specifically Illustration and Design projects for the Advertising and Marketing industry - accumulating in him becoming Creative Director of a national Advertising and Marketing Agency. He has undertaken projects across the UK and Europe for corporations such as Coke-Cola, Disney, BBC, Film4, Sky TV, Kodak, Thomas Cook, Barclays Bank and Diageo/Guinness to name a few.
In 2004 he left the UK to sail with his wife, on their 35ft yacht 'Hitrapia', around the Atlantic and Mediterranean coasts of Europe, rediscovering his passion for painting.
While travelling, Wayne spent an extended period in Malta, producing a body of work devoted entirely to this group of enchanting and historic Islands. He has participated in various exhibitions in Malta - presenting a solo show in Valletta and, as an invited artist, in exhibitions for the Prime Minister and President of Malta. He has also completed a number of commissions, including a painting for Dr. Austin Gatt, Maltese Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Communications.
Returning to the UK in 2011. Undertook a 2year Artist-in-Residency for the New Street Station and Grand Central redevelopment in Birmingham 2013-2015. Elected as full member of the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists (RBSA) in 2015, Vice President in 2017 (VPRBSA) and President in 2019 (PRBSA).
He currently splits his time between painting in England and The Mediterranean. His work is represented in private, corporate and public collections across Europe.
Walter R Sickert once wrote that "the most fruitful course of study" for the painter "lies in a persistent effort to render the magic and poetry which they daily see around them". When looking for inspiration, this quote always seems to come to Wayne's mind.