Ian Pethers Exhibition Secretary

Artist Details

Ian Pethers was born in London in 1956, and grew up in the Thames Valley. He took to painting at an early age, and enjoyed illustrating specimens of butterflies and moths found in the local countryside. Holidays were taken in Cornwall, and his first oil paintings depict scenes around Polperro.

He studied Art at the local school in Slough, under the teacher and artist Thomas McCabe, passing a grade 1 'O' Level at the age of 15. Later on he studied at night school at Marlow Community College under artist Jenny Riley. He took commissions from architects for perspective drawings, undertook orders for house portraits, and exhibited landscapes in local galleries.

During this time he worked as a relief lock-keeper on the River Thames, during which time he explored the river in his small boat and produced over 100 ink and watercolour paintings of the Thames.

His first major work was 'Unloading Coal in Romney Lock', which was exhibited and sold at the Royal Society of Marine Artists' Exhibition in the Mall Gallery in 1987.

In 1989 he was elected a member of the Society of Botanical Artists for his studies of gardens and flowers. The annual exhibition of the SBA is held at the Westminster Gallery, in the Central Hall, opposite Westminster Abbey, during May.

He moved to Cornwall in 1990 to a cottage overlooking the Tamar Valley, where he now lives with his wife Marylou. He has since illustrated several national hotel guides, designed book covers, and has written and illustrated his own book 'Visions of Glastonbury', published by Bossiney Books (ISBN 1-899383-41-7). He likes to find beauty in unexpected places, especially if it involves light reflected in water. Two illustrated booklets, "Around Tavistock" and "Around Gunnislake", are available for purchase from High View.

As well as painting two murals in Callington he has mastered the art of miniature painting, and in 2001 he was elected an associate of the Royal Society of Miniature Painters, Sculptors, and Gravers, whose annual June exhibition is held in the Mall Galleries, just off Trafalgar Square.

In April 2003 Ian Pethers received the prestigious Llewellyn-Alexander Master's Award, for one of the two best sets of miniatures in their exhibition which is held annually at the Llewellyn Alexander Gallery, Waterloo, in April.

In 2004 Ian was elected a Full Member of the Hilliard Society of miniature painting. The Society's annual exhibition is held in Wells Town Hall during early November.

Ian was elected a Full Member of the Royal Society of Miniature Artists in 2006, and was invited to take part in an exhibition of miniature paintings at the Royal Academy, organized by the Linda Blackstone Gallery of Pinner.