Tony Porter (1945-2023)
Tony Porter was a confident, even ambitious practitioner of watercolour, working on a large scale and in wet-on-wet, to produce highly atmospheric evocations, mainly of the eastern counties of England.
Tony Porter was born in Bristol on 29 December 1945. He studied in London at the Slade School of Art, between 1964 and 1968, under William Coldstream, Anthony Gross and Euan Uglow. During that time, he met his wife, Pat. Beginning to exhibit paintings while still a student, in 1965 he showed at the Junior Common Room of Balliol College, Oxford, which bought one of his large abstract oils. He also exhibited at Swiss galleries in Zurich and Sankt Gallen.
From 1974 to 2000, Tony divided his time between his own work and teaching art, mainly at Peterborough High School. His favourite subjects have included Cambridgeshire, Lincolnshire and Northamptonshire, and the cathedrals of The Wash, and also interiors and still life compositions, especially those containing flowers.
Exhibiting in Peterborough and London during the 1980s, Tony first appeared at the Chris Beetles Gallery late in that decade, and subsequently held solo shows there in 1993 and 1999, as well as contributing to mixed contemporary exhibitions. He has subsequently held solo shows in Broadway, Worcestershire, in 2006, and Wells, Somerset, in 2009. He has also had worked selected on several occasions for the Sunday Times Singer & Friedlander Watercolour Competition, lastly in 2006.
He passed away in 2023.
Chris Beetles Gallery continues to present his work in mixed exhibitions and as part of its stock.