PARTINGTON, Peter Norman

1941 - ?

Peter Partington

As Alan Peter Norman Partington, was born at Wigan on 29 September 1941, son of Norman Partington (6 March 1907-1991), a sample attendant in a dye works, and his wife Hilda née Glover (9 May 1910-1980), who married at Wigan in 1937 and in 1939 were living at 17 Grove Lane, Standish with Langtree, Wigan. As a teenager Peter lived by Poole Harbour and started sketching at an early age. Educated at Poole Grammar School and studied all aspects of art at Bournemouth College of Art and later at Middlesex College of Art and his teenage years proved to have a deep influence upon him. Escaping from school and sat watching the shore-line with holidays and weekends often spent bird watching and exploring its inlets and unspoilt reaches, where sea and marsh intermingle with woodland and meadow. He married at Poole in 1962, Josephine H. Cribb and went on to teach art students for many years and as demand for his original work grew he became a professional painter and print-maker. His work is enlivened by keen observation of bird plumage and behaviour in the field and his hand-coloured dry-points, etchings, and original water-colours are collected and Peter has had numerous one-man shows. He also lectures, writes extensively including, amongst others, for 'The Artist' magazine and several books for Collins 'Learn to Paint Birds in Watercolour' which was launched at the Tryon Gallery in Cork Street in 1989, he followed this with three further books 'Learn to Draw Wildlife, 'Learn to Draw Birds' and 'Learn to Draw Farm Animals' and is an illustrator of many books and cards. One of Britain's top wildlife artists and elected to the Society of Wildlife Artists with several pieces of his work in the collection of the International Museum of Wildlife Art. He lives and works in rural Suffolk whose natural riches are now the source of much of his inspiration and he is a member of Suffolk Open Studios from Kettlebaston Hall, Kettlebaston, near Ipswich.

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