Colin Allbrook was born in 1954 in Barnet, Hertfordshire. He is one of the most respected and renowned painters in the South-West of England. Working in both oils and watercolours and through the use of light and colour, Colin depicts the life and activity of the area.
Colin has made his living from his draughtsmanship and painting talent since completing his school art exams. Aged seventeen, he joined a commercial studio in London's West End, specialising in illustration and meanwhile attending St Martin's School of Art. Colin has lived and worked in Umberleigh in Devon for over 30 years, where he has a studio by the River Taw, in a beautiful area that inspires so much of his work.
He has received many awards for his work, including, in 2009, both the Turner Watercolour Award and the Rowland Hilder Award for landscape painting at the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolour exhibition. He has also twice won the 'Terence Cuneo' medal at the SEA and the 'Excellence in Watercolour' prize at the Royal West of England Academy four times.
His work is regularly selected for prestigious exhibitions such as the Sunday Times Watercolour competition and the Royal Institute of Painters in Oils. He is an elected member of the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolour (RI), the Royal Society of Marine Artists (RSMA) and the Society of Equestrian Artists (SEA). Selling mainly through exhibitions and galleries his paintings are in private and corporate collections throughout the world.
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