Course Tutor – Ian Fennelly

Ian Fennelly studied painting at Wimbledon School of Art in the UK and gained a 1st Class Honour degree. After graduating, Ian worked as a drawing office manager for several years which gave him the opportunity to develop his drawing skills. He has always been attracted to the urban environment and loves the feel of a busy city. Ian paints very quickly and loosely, but it must happen within the context of an accurate drawing, which holds the paint in.

Ian is married with two children and lives near the coast in Hoylake, in the UK. He works from a light and airy studio overlooking the beach and often works on several pictures at once. This enables him to plan the colours and allow different ideas to bounce off each other. Ian uses photographs and on site drawings to play compositions and draft out ideas. Part of the information gathering is travelling to different cities, which is really important to Ian.


Inspiration for Ian’s paintings comes from visiting places, spending time there, meeting people and getting honked at by buses. But when Ian paints, the subject is just the starting point; it’s the battle on the paper that’s really exciting. Colours, shapes, lines and patterns are all jockeying for position, while the water flows within the textured grooves of the heavy Fabriano paper. That’s what’s really exciting. The image will inevitably come through; it’s the painting itself that really inspires Ian.

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