Reg Cartwright  - English Contemporary Still Life and Landscape Painter

Reg's Biography

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Reg Cartwright was born in Leicester in 1938, the eldest of three brothers. After a conventional childhood he left the Gateway grammar school and worked as a pattern maker in a local shoe factory. This was not a good period of Reg's early life as he had wanted to go to art school, but this was not possible. National Service followed in the Leicestershire Regiment, serving in Cyprus and Germany. He was de-mobbed in 1960.

In 1962 he married Ann Harrison and they had two sons, Simon and James. Ann went to get an art history degree and wrote several books for children.

Determined not to go back into the shoe industry Reg managed to get a job in a small studio designing badges. From this humble beginning he moved into bigger studios, culminating in Frank Gayton Advertising, a large 30 man studio in Leicester. This was his art school, "I learned more there than any art school could have taught me". After six years he became an art director at Gee Advertising a larger agency in Leicester. Ten years later in 1976, he went freelance and became a full time artist.

There then followed a thirty year period of book illustrating and painting. Some lavishly illustrated books included the Canterbury Tales, Mr Potter's Pigeon, Peter and the Wolf, an anthology of poetry and seven books written by his wife Ann. He has had exhibitions in London and the UK, Japan and New York. For the past seventeen years he has concentrated purely on his paintings and his work is in private and public collections around the world.

Today Reg Cartwright's paintings are, as to quote Cambridge Contemporary Art ' Continuing the tradition of British Modernism. Working primarily with still life he uses familiar objects, plates, jugs, flowers to examine spatial relationships and achieves a balanced composition by flattening perspectives, omitting non-essential details and focusing on tone.'

 

1938

Born in Leicester

1951 - 1954

Educated at The Gateway Boys School Leicester

1954 - 1957

Apprentice pattern maker in Leicester's shoe trade

1957 -1960

National Service (musician) Leicestershire Regiment serving in Cyprus and Germany

1962

Married Ann Harrison two sons born 1963 and 1965

1960 - 1976

Commercial artist and art director at Frank Gayton and Gee Advertising studio's Leicester

1972

Mixed exhibition at Portal Gallery - London

1974

One man exhibition at portal gallery - London

1975

Mixed exhibition at King Street Gallery - London

1976

One ann exhibition at Gadesby Gallery - Leicester

1976

Became a full time painter and illustrator

1977

One man exhibition at Portal Gallery - London

1979

One man exhibition at Portal Gallery - London

1979

Mixed exhibition at Picadilly Gallery - London

1980

One man exhibition at Leicester Museum and Art Gallery

1980

Mr Potter's Pigeon published by Hutchinson and awarded the Mother Goose Award for best Illustration (written by Patrick Kinmonth)

1980 - 1981

The Leicester Collection - Arts Council Exhibition

1981

16th Exhibition of Original Pictures of International Children's Books - Japan

1982

European Illustrators Touring exhibition: Whitechapel Art Gallery - London, Henry Thomas Gallery - Carmarthen, Midland Group - Nottingham, Cooper Gallery - Barnsley, Kirkcaldy Gallery, Museum and Arts Centre - Durham and Atkinson Gallery - Stockport

1982

Children's Book Illustrators (Smagic) exhibition M.O.M.A - Oxford

1983

Norah's Ark published by Huchinson (written by Ann Cartwright)

1985

Works for television - Mapp and Lucia opening titles (London Weekend Television)

1986

The Proud and Fearless Lion  published by Huchinson (written by Ann Cartwright)

1987

Peter and the Wolf  published by Walker Books

1987

My Cat published by Walker Books

1987

My Dog published by Walker Books

1988

The Canterbury Tales published by Walker Books

1989

Exhibition of Contemporary Children's Book Illustrators - Commonwealth Institute - London

1989

The Last Dodo published by Hutchinson (written by Ann Cartwright)

1989

The Winter Hedgehog published by Hutchinson (written by Ann Cartwright)

1989

The Man Who Wanted to live Forever published by Walker Books

1990

One man Exhibition - Woods Gallery - Leicester

1990

Polly and the Privet Bird published by Hutchinson (written by Ann Cartwright)

1991

Birds Beasts and Fishes published by Walker Books

1992

Arts Council exhibition - The Making of a Book - Birds Beasts and Fishes, toured Cartwright Hall - Bradford and Derby City Museum and Art Gallery

1993

Jackdaw published by Hutchinson (written by Ann cartwright)

1993

Firebird published by Walker Books

1993

Something New For A Bear To Do published by Hutchinson

1994

 Billy Fishbone published by Longmans 

1995

James and the Rain published by Simon and Schuster

1997

The Boat of Many Rooms published by Atheneum

1997

Exhibition, Still Life - Two Views - Cambridge Contemporary Art

1997

Kasper's greatest Discovery published by Frances Lincoln

1997

Exhibition, The Original Show -  American Museum of 20th Century Illustration - New York

1997

The Band Over The Hill published by Hutchinson

1999

One Man Exhibition, New Paintings - Cambridge Contemporary Art

1999

Three Golden Oranges published by Atheneum

2000

What Does Rabbit Say? published by Doubleday

2001

One Man Exhibition, Simple Truths - Cambridge Contemporary Arts

2001

Going Home published by Dorling Kindersley (written by Ann Cartwright)

2002

The Edge of the Woods published by Henry Holt

2003

One Man Exhibition, New Paintings - Cambridge Contemporary Art

2004

Where Do We Live published by Hutchinson

2004

What Do We Do? published by Hutchinson

2005

Mixed exhibition, Brian Sinfield Gallery - Burford

2005

Mixed Exhibition, Thompson Gallery - Suffolk

2006

One Man Exhibition - Cambridge Contemporary Art

2007

One Man Exhibition, Ainscough Gallery - London and Dartmouth

2007

Bircham Gallery - Holt

2009

One Man exhibition, New Paintings - Cambridge Contemporary Art

COLLECTIONS

Leicestershire Schools Art Collection

Leicester Museum and Art Gallery

Leicester Royal Infirmary

Mazza Collection, Findlay, Ohio, USA

Addenbrooks Hospital, Cambridge

Basildon and Thurrock, NHS Trust

National Hospital for Neurological Diseases, London

West Suffolk Hospital, Bury St. Edmunds

London Transport Museum

University of Leicester

Private Collections Worldwide

 

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