‘Is there a Divine Spirit in Nature? It’s an age old question but any beautiful
work depends on it and, as Clifford Blakey’s work is undeniably beautiful, the answer is “Yes” ’ Marlena Frick 2007
Clifford Blakey’s paintings are a reflection of his emotional attachment to the landscape which surrounds him. A modern impressionist, with distinctly romantic leanings, his paintings provides an insight into the passion this artist has for his homeland as he chronicles his responses to light and colour and some of his favourite places.
Born in 1957 in Newcastle Upon Tyne Clifford Blakey graduated in 1980 with a BA (Hons) Fine Art, Newcastle University and again in1986 with Master of Fine Art, Newcastle University, studying under Professor Norman Adams RA. During his M.F.A. course he worked as an exhibitions assistant at the Hatton Gallery. He was Conference Organiser for New Contemporaries 1986, Newcastle and organised exhibitions on a weekly basis at The Long Gallery, Newcastle upon Tyne, having previously gained experience at Sunderland Museum and Art Gallery as an Exhibitions Assistant.
After a short period of solo shows in 1986 he moved to Manchester to become an Arts Development Officer for MASA and SIGMA Artists Groups. He returned to the North East in 1988 to work for Index Magazine (the then official listings magazine for the north of England) as Editor and Designer. In 1990 he became a freelance graphic designer setting up his company Ikon Creative Design Studio providing graphics to arts organisations and businesses in the North East region of England.
Clifford began showing at the British Watercolour Society in 1997 and he quickly won several awards with the Society – for example the Brian Mosley Memorial Award in the Spring of 1999 and the Bockingford Watercolour Prize in 2006 . In 2000 Cliff was made an Associate of the British Watercolour Society and 2003 he was made a full Member of the Society. In 2006 he was made a life Fellow of the International Guild of Artists. He has exhibited at The Royal Academy Summer Show, The Singer and Friedlander Sunday Times Watercolour Exhibition and The Royal Institute of Watercolour Painters.
Cliff’s work has been covered by art magazines such as The Artist and Art of England and has also featured in many regional magazines such as Living North, The Northumbrian, Northern Life and Yorkshire Life. He has works in private collections in USA, Belgium, Luxembourg, New Zealand and Australia as well as numerous private
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