Starting in the new year my working studio and gallery in Warsash near Southampton,UK will be opened on occasional weekends to allow visitors to view a working studio in action as well as to view and purchase from a selection of original artworks,limited edition prints and fine art cards.
The studio will also be opened by appointment should anyone wish to view an original piece of art or print prior to committing to a purchase.if you would like to visit my studio then please do drop me a line in the first instance at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will respond asap
I will post here on my blog any studio open days as they are arranged.
My latest Red Fox drawing is now complete.Its as yet untitled whilst I think of some appropriate prose,funny how after all the effort and unlimited concentration required to produce images I always struggle with titles for the images ive often spent weeks staring at!.Any way this image is an amalgamation of references from my own garden visiting foxes and a wonderful face shot of a very handsome fox taken by a good friend,who has graciously allowed me to use it as the basis of this drawing.i don't often use photographic references that aren't my own and in this case its just the face but it was just such a good looking animal and so I transferred this foxes face onto a body shot taken of one of my own animals and this is the result.The drawing is once again large scale at 26" x 17" and like my previous two large pencil drawings has been produced with a view to publishing early next year.
This year a large collection of my original works and limited edition prints will be on display on my publisher Collier and Dobson's stand N25/26 at the London international horse show held at Olympia.Some of the available original works are shown above but there will be many more and my full range of limited edition prints will also be on display.This is a unique opportunity to view so many of my artworks collected together in one prestigious venue.
My latest fox drawing is really starting to take shape on the drawing board.Its quite a large piece once again at just over two feet in height.The image is based on foxes that visit my garden and studio daily and so I'm never short of a sitter or reference to work from.
Another large scale pencil drawing on the go in the studio.This time its a full length portrait of a particularly handsome foxy fellow modelled on my own garden fox visitors who are frequently to be found waiting patiently outside the studio for a bite to eat.
My latest elephant drawing is now complete and with my publishers for image scanning prior to being released as a limited edition print.I called it 'Leading the way' and the back story behind the image is where that title originates.The image is a recollection of a scene witnessed in Chobe national park in Botswana last September.Along with my travelling companions we were sitting on a trail near the Chobe river in our safari vehicle when a small herd of elephants appeared over a rise and walked downhill straight towards us.They were heading for the Chobe river to drink and as they approached the vehicle they would acknowledge our presence with a flap of there ears or a wave of the trunk as with the lead elephant in my drawing.the animals briskly crossed the trail directly in front of our vehicle and headed off across the flood plain towards the river and the water they were craving.the larger animals were to the rear forming a kind of reargaurd to the herd of about 30 individuals of all ages.the elephants in Botswana were definitely the highlight of the safari for me and I will be returning to the subject many more times.
South coast based Clive Meredith is an entirely self-taught artist and has been working professionally since 1993 specialising in detailed portrayals of wildlife from both Britain and abroad. Clive's initial interest in wildlife and the countryside was fostered in his early years, brought up the son of a dairy farmer, and spending hours outside in the Shropshire countryside birdwatching and larking about on the river Severn and its streams in his hometown of Shrewsbury. Working in both graphite pencil and oils,observation is vital to Clive's working practice.Each drawing or painting reveals meticulous attention to detail,achievable only by hours spent in the field observing and photographing subjects in their natural habitat.As a result Clive has become renowned for the stunning realism of his images and an incredibly assured ability to inject real life and character into his works. His art has been extensively published with over 50 limited edition releases to date and can be found in galleries throughout the uk and beyond. In 2010 Clive was named Wildlife Artist of the Year by Wildscape magazine after winning the prestigious annual competition with his image 'The Egret pool' and appeared as a finalist in the DSWF Wildlife Artist of the Year 2010,2012 and 2013 with works exhibited at The Mall Galleries in London. Clive is a member of the Pencil Art Society and the RSPB.