burton art gallery and museum
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Kingsley Road, Bideford, Devon EX39 2QQ

Telephone: 01237 471455
Email: info@theburton.org

Admission is Free
Open Daily 10am - 4pm
Sundays 11am - 4pm

Robert Greenhalf - Wildlife Painter

Robert Greenhalf is recognised as one of Britain’s leading wildlife artists. Robert was born in 1950. He trained at Eastbourne and Maidstone Colleges of Art, graduating in 1971 with a Diploma in Art & Design. A frequent visitor to Norfolk, he now lives in Sussex with his wife Sally and son Jack. Robert Greenhalf is an artist whose great love is for wildlife in the landscape. He works in watercolour and print, placing great emphasis upon observing and sketching in the field. His watercolours, and even sometimes his printing plates, are made directly from life. This gives them a refreshing immediacy free from the stiffness of many "studio" wildlife paintings. His printmaking media include etching, drypoint, and woodcut, usually employing only one plate and often hand painted in watercolour. Robert has been a Member of the R.B.A. (Royal Society of British Artists) and the S.W.L.A. (Society of Wildlife Artists) since the 1980s

He has exhibited his work widely in many exhibitions and one-man shows, and his evocative paintings can be found in many public and private collections throughout the world. Living near Rye, Romney Marsh provides the ideal backdrop to Robert's paintings of birds. Frequent visits to Minsmere Wildlife Reserve and the coastlines of Norfolk and Suffolk provide further inspiration and scope for Robert's creativity.

As a member of Artists for Nature groups, he visited and worked in Poland in 1992, Extremadura (Spain) in 1994 and Wexford (Ireland) in 1995, The resultinh highlky acclaimed books Portrait of a Living Marsh and Artists for Nature in Extremadura contain several of his watercolours. For four years he visited the Parc des Ecrins in the French Alps as Artist in Residence, and his work subsequently appeared in the book Art and Nature. He has featured in two books by Nicholas Hammond, Twentieth Century Wildlife Artists (1986), and Modern Wildlife Painting (1998), the latter also published by Pica Press. He has been closely involved for many years in the management of Rye Harbour Nature Reserve in East Sussex, where much of the work in this book was done. Towards the Sea is the first book devoted entirely to his work.

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