Featured artist

Gerald Porter


I was born and grew up in Newport, South Wales - where I attended Newport College of Art, and studied under Tom Rathmell and John Wright RCA. I later pursued the Certificate in Advanced Mains at Rolle College University of Exeter, and studied at Northampton for a Batchelor of Education Honours Degree. I subsequently went on the obtain a Postgraduate Diploma at Leicester Art College - which is now De Montfort University.

My formal academic training was conferred with a Masters Degree at the University of Leicester, all the time whilst I was teaching in several different settings. I completed thirty years in different schools and colleges, eventually ending up as Director of Studies at the University of Leicester and latterly at the Tate Modern as Curator for Schools and INSET.

Throughout my career I have been painting and printmaking - mostly in screen printing and watercolours, for which I am most known. I love the effects of watercolours, and spent many happy hours under the tutelage of my mentor Ron Ranson, who showed me his successful techniques at his home in Clanna, St Briavials, in Wales.

I have pursued a successful career in establishing classes and workshops - not least around the county, but also on board several shipping lines and cruise liners abroad. I worked for the Olsen Norwegian Line, and was Artist on Board - journeying to the North Cape in the Arctic Circle and the Mediterranean. On foreign holidays abroad with my young family we explored Greece, the Spanish mainland and the island of Majorca - all of which enriched my palette and subject matter.

My inspiration comes from the mountainous areas of Scotland, Wales and the Lake District - so beloved by the English watercolourists. I have been pleased to exhibit in London at the Strand Gallery FBA, Watercolour Society Exhibitions, and Syon House London.

I work extempore, reflecting the light and atmosphere of my subject matter. Most is carried out on the spot with corrections and amplitude being carried out in the studio. My workshop sessions allow the participants to create a unique version of similar starting points, and I have published articles in several art magazines - including Leisure Painter, and Paint and Draw magazines.

The art of watercolours is an emerging market and reflects the continuing interest in this long-established tradition. Lately I have demonstrated for the SAA and Art Profile, where my work can be seen online on their respective websites.

Most recently, based on my long experience in art history and art appreciation, I have been running continental tours of European art galleries - including Paris, Venice, and Amsterdam, organised by GP Tours. Details are available from me by email at gerald_porter@talktalk.net.

As a long-standing member of the FPAA I am most appreciative of the mentorship of John Frederick Black, with whom I have exhibited and from whom I receive positive and critical comment to help me improve all the time.

Here are a few examples of my most recent work for you to enjoy!








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