Obituary for John Ivor Stewart ADAE PPPS FSBA

PS John Ivor Stewart

 It is with great sadness that we have to announce the passing of John Ivor on the 1st July 2017.

He studied at Belfast College of Art 1956-60, Reading University for his ATD in 1960, and later the Cardiff College of Art for his ADAE 1973-74. He was a founder member of the Society of Botanical Artists 1982, and was elected a member of the Pastel Society in 1987. He won the Major Prize as a non-member in 1986 and twice again as a member in 1992 and 1997.

In his time as a member of our Society, he served as Honorary Treasurer and Membership Secretary, and was elected President 2009-12. Until this year he held the post of Education Officer for the Pastel Society. He retired from full-time teaching Art at Frensham Heights in 1990.

Despite increasing ill health and surgery he continued to play a vigorous role in the Societies' activities and made frequent trips to France were he helped to encourage liaison with the French Pastel Society. He won the 'Grand Prix de Peinture X1e Festival European des Art et de La Poesie' at La Seine-sur-Mer, Var, Provence in 1999.

His paintings in the Societies' exhibitions were un-inhibited and full of passion, showing his admiration for women and his love of flowers. In conversations he often expressed sadness at the disengagement from the voluptuousness in certain aspects of British art.

He was pre-deceased by his wife Jenny with whom he grew his garden and collected paintings and ceramics.

John Ivor was born in Northern Ireland Co Antrim in July 1936.

He will be sadly missed by all his friends in the Society. We will miss his lovely long telephone chats which covered a multitude of subjects and much gentle humour. John Ivor always deflected inquiries about his own health with the question 'BUT how are YOU?' 

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Biographical Details:

Valeriy Gridnev was born in Russia in 1956. After studying at Sverdlovsk Art College from 1976 – 1980 enrolled at St. Petersburg Academy of Arts in 1983 and graduated in 1990. His graduation project “The Early Years” won The Gold Medal of USSR Academy of Arts. Valeriy worked for 4 years from 1990 at St. Petersburg Academy of Art’s postgraduate “creative” studio. Valeriy has been a member of Russian Artist’s Federation from 1991.
Since 1999 Valeriy has lived and worked in the UK. He has became a member of the Pastel Society in 2003, Royal Institute of Oil Painters in 2006 and the Royal Society of Portrait Painters in 2011.

Societies:

The Pastel Society
Royal Institute of Oil Painters
Royal Society of Portrait Painters

Scholarships, Awards, Prizes:

• 1990 The Gold Medal of the USSR Academy of Arts.
• 1991 elected member of Russian Artist Federation.
• 2000 “Pastels of the Century”, London. Frank Herring award.
• 2003 “Pastel Society Exhibition 2003”, London Frank Herring award.
• 2003 elected member of British Artists Pastel Society.
• 2004 “Not the Turner prize competition 2004”. Winsor and Newton/The Daily Mail finalist prize.
• 2005 “Royal institute of oil painters’ exhibition”, London. Windsor and Newton award to best non-member picture.
• 2006 “Pastel Society Exhibition “, London. Orange Street Gallery Uppingham Prize.
• 2006 “Royal Society Of Portrait Painters”, London. The Arts Club Award.
• 2006 elected member of British Artists Royal Institute of Oil Painters.
• 2011 elected member of Federation of British Artists Royal Society of Portrait Painters.

Exhibitions:

Royal Society of Portrait Painters Annual Exhibition 2017
The Pastel Society Annual Exhibition 2017
Royal Institute of Oil Painters Annual Exhibition 2016
Royal Society of Portrait Painters Annual Exhibition 2016
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Royal Society of Portrait Painters Annual Exhibition 2015

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