Biography

PAUL RILEY - Born 1944

Paul Riley first gained recognition at the age of 15 when one of his oil paintings was exhibited in the Royal Academy Summer exhibition. Several one man shows and an Elizabeth T Greenshields Award ( Canada) followed.
After gaining his NDD at Kingston art school Paul went on to paint the bleak mining landscapes of South Wales and executed various commissions.
After a spell working in Architecture Paul left London and returned to painting. In 1983 he set up Coombe Farm Studios and Gallery in South Devon with his wife Tina.
Since then he has written three bestselling books on watercolour painting including several foreign language editions and numerous articles for the Artist magazine. His images are reproduced as cards and posters worldwide.

Paul is a practising professional painter who continues to exhibit widely in the UK and in Europe, Kuwait and Florida U.S.A. His style is characterised by freedom of expression, colour and vitality complemented by a deep understanding of draughtsmanship and form.

To-day Paul’s work is increasingly influenced by the dictum “less is more’ as with Chinese painting and Zen belief combined with a Western twist. Trying to portray layers of meaning with as little obvious suggestion as possible is a challenge requiring both patience and skill, the two qualities Paul admires in other painters.

He is also a competent potter, printmaker and sculptor.

Coombe Farm Studios is a residential art centre and gallery alongside Paul and Tina’s home where Paul, aided by other visiting tutors, runs short courses in all paint media, printmaking,ceramics and writing.
Paul and Tina have also taken painting groups abroad to countries as diverse as France, Italy, The Czech Republik, Morocco, Croatia, India, Bali and Zanzibar during the last 15 years.

Details. Tel 01803 722 266 www.coombefarmstudios.com
Foreign trips e.tina@rileyarts.com

Paul Riley current CV

1960 Exhibited at the Royal Academy; the youngest
painter at the time to be accepted.
1961 First one man exhibition - Richmond Hill Gallery
Second one man exhibition - Richmond Hill Gallery –
Won Elizabeth T Greenshields Award - Canada
1970-9 Worked in Architecture and carried out various commissions including murals for Battle Hospital- Reading, Firth Brown Steelworks-Sheffield and St Frehmunds Church - Dunstable.
1980-4 Set up his own studios and art school in Devon, Coombe Farm Studios and lectured part time in local art schools in Plymouth and Torquay
1984-6 Various exhibitions of watercolours, woodcuts and engravings locally, and in London, Lymington and Henley.
1986 Two man show at London Contemporary Art with Andras Kaldor.
1987 One man show, Century Gallery -Henley on Thames - Group show Solent Gallery Lymington and Ancaster Marina - Cowes
1988 Royal Institute of British Painters in Watercolours - Annual Exhibition Royal Watercolour Society - Annual exhibition.
Mixed show - Anna Mei Chadwick - London
One man exhibition - Amalgam Art Gallery - London
1989 Group show Wykeham Gallery – Hampshire and Coombe Farm Studios.
1990 One man show - Chris Beetles Gallery - St James’- London.
Publication of ‘Flower Painting’ - Broadcast Books
Reprinted 10 times,twice also in paperback.Published also U.S.A. by Northlight books.Hardback.
1991 Publication of Flower Painting in Danish and Dutch editions. Publication of ‘Intimate Landscapes’- David Porteous Books. Publication of numerous works since 1989 as cards and posters.
1992 One man show Chris Beetles Gallery - London including bronze sculpture.
Monoprints for ‘The Dodo’ exhibition - Simon Drew Gallery
1993 Flower Painting Swedish edition
Contributed chapter to ‘Watercolour masterclass’ - Harper Collins publications.
Mixed show - Gallery Artists - Chris Beetles Gallery
1994 Monoprints for ‘Egg’exhibition, Simon Drew Gallery
Mixed show - Gallery Artists - Chris Beetles Gallery
1995 Art of Food and Wine exhibition throughout Dartmouth – Devon.
Flowers - Mixed show Amalgam Gallery - London
Mixed show Wykeham Gallery, Stockbridge, Hampshire
Antwerp Watercolour Festival - Paulus Gallery -Antwerp - Belgium
1996 Mixed show Chris Beetles Gallery featuring a new series of oil paintings of London.
One man show - Kunstart Gallery - Ingelheim Nr Weisbaden Germany featuring still life and flowers in watercolour and large landscape oils.
German edition ‘Flower Painting’.
1997 Mixed show ‘Born In Britain’ - Kensington Gallery - Adelaide Australia
Rileys at Home - Paintings, prints & sculpture - Coombe Farm Gallery- Devon.
1998 Exhibition with ‘British Studio Arts’, Kuwait.
Exhibition with Gorstella Gallery, Chester
Watercolour Landscapes Book - reprinted
1999 Solo Exhibition with ‘British Studio Arts’ Dar al Funoon Gallery Kuwait. Sponsored by the British Council
BBC 2 Monet’s Garden programme
Mixed Exhibition Yew Tree Gallery, Gloucestershire
Mixed Exhibition Ingleby Gallery, Derbyshire
Gardens Exhibition Alpha House Gallery Dorset
Mixed Exhibition Janus Fine Art, Brittany, France
Mixed Exhibition Coombe Farm Gallery, Devon
Mixed Exhibition for Alexandra Rose Day, Cromwell Hospital, London
Prints made available through John Lewis.
2000 Mixed Exhibition Alpha House Gallery, Dorset
Mixed Exhibition The Wykeham Galleries, Hampshire
Mixed Exhibition Bella Contemporary Art Gallery, Tetbury
Mixed Exhibition Original Arts, Harrogate
2001 Mixed Exhibition Original Arts, Harrogate - February
Solo Exhibition Ingleby Gallery, Derbyshire - April
Two Man Exhibition The Catto Gallery, London - June
New watercolour instructional book ‘Watercolour Workshop’ – Released June
Mixed Exhibition Artists in Residence, Ditchling - October
2002 Mixed show Kuwait
Affordable Art Fair Battersea London
2003 One man show Florida - February
Affordable Art Fair
2004 One man show Sweden.
Affordable Art Fair
2005 One man show Kuwait
Private portrait commission
Affordable Art Fair London
2006 One man show Stockholm

2011 One man show Prague, Czech Republik

2012 Watercolour Marine exhibition Coombe Gallery Dartmouth
Affordable Art Fair