Rational Expressions

Gary Nigel Long

Art Design Fellowship, Manchester College of Art, 1970 (now Manchester University)

As a figurative painter, I am involved in the creation of images – images that are concerned with the coast, the sea, the sky, and the weather, and also the impressions that they leave.

Working from sketches, memory and intuition, the initial image becomes secondary to the paint and the surface.  It is with the push and drag of the paint building the surface, that I arrive close to the essence of my first vision.

Drawing from life plays an important place in my practice.  Up until 2012, for 18 years two days per week, I was the life drawing tutor at University College Falmouth. Currently, I spend much of my time conducting workshops at the St. Ives School of Painting in Cornwall.

Reproduced with permission from the artist.

Born 1945, Birmingham

1962-1965
Attended Birmingham College of Art

1966-1968
Illustrator, Vancouver and Toronto.

1969-1970
Manchester College of Art, School of Advanced Study.
Received fellowship A.D.F. (MANC) the equivalent of an M.A. by research

1970
Freelance illustrator through London and New York agents, working for many major national and international companies and publishers.

1993
Falmouth College of Art, part-time lecturer two days per week – until 2012

1998
Elected artist member of the society of illustrators in New York.

2002
Commissioned to produce 6 paintings for the Queen Mary II

2003
Filmed by BBC Midlands

2005
Invited to paint in Vermont, USA at: Slate Valley Museum, Southern Vermont Art Center, The Granite Museum in Barre.

2006
Work shown in Sydney, Vancouver Island, Canada

2007
Featured on BBC Countryfile

2011
Teaching courses at St Ives School of Painting

Solo and Mixed Shows

2012
Riverside Gallery, Barnes
Various shows throughout Cornwall
Inspired Frames Gallery Barnet, Hertfordshire

2011
Riverside Gallery, Barnes
Waterside Gallery, St Ives
Gallery Tresco New Craftsman Gallery, St Ives

Hadfield Fine Art, Cotswolds
Quiddity Fine Art, Hampshire
Island Fine Art, Isle of Wight
Artifex Gallery, Sutton Coldfield

2010
SCA Gallery, Shrewsbury

Riverside Gallery, Barnes

54 The Gallery, Shepards Market, London

New Craftsman Gallery, St Ives

Lighthouse Gallery, Penzance