Selected Artist Biographies

Kerr, David Ord (b. 1952)

David Ord Kerr trained at the Royal Academy, winning prizes for anatomy drawing and landscape paintings.

He has been on several painting trips to South Africa and in 1989 was commissioned to paint 12 pictures for the 1990 Sappi Selection of "Kingfishers and Bee Eaters of South Africa", a conservation project. He has illustrated three field guides on birds of North America and has exhibited in both the United States and South Africa.

Ord Kerr has been represented by the Tryon since the 1980s and is nationally recognised as one of the top bird painters in the country, particularly exotic birds. David lives in Norfolk and is a founder member of the Norfolk Guild of Norwich Painters. He has done a considerable amount of work for the Norfolk Naturalists' Trust. His ability to combine accuracy with such wonderful vibrant colours brings an altogether unique dimension of realism to his work.

He has had successful regular one-man shows at the Tryon for over 20 years.

David Ord Kerr (b.1952)

Kuhnert, Wilhelm (German, 1865-1926)

Wilhelm Kuhnert trained under the animal painter Paul Meyerheim in Berlin, where he first mastered the art of rendering animal fur, hair, and muscles. His talents were noted by his teachers, who advised him to devote himself entirely to animal painting. Enthusiastically taking their advice, and in pursuit of this subject, he traveled extensively in Africa and the East where he was captivated by the wild beauty of these landscapes, ultimately devoting his career and artistic talent to the depiction of exotic wildlife.

A keen hunter, Wilhelm Kuhnert returned to Africa and the Far East year after year in the hunt for both game and subjects for his art, winning him the accolade of the writer and critic J.G. Millais, who enthused that:

`...there is no finer exponent of African mammals than Wilhelm Kuhnert. We who have traveled do not need to be told that his studies from nature are correct. His lions, elephants, zebras and antelopes are so real that we feel we are gazing at them on the plains of East Africa. The landscapes are simple but intense. Sunlight is there, and the tree and grass are just those that grow in the habitat of these species. Kuhnert has, as it were, got inside the very skin of African life, and draws you insensibly within the charmed circle. To the big game hunter - the man who loves to observe in preference to the man who only shoots - his views of wild life are complete because you know he has been through the mill himself, and studies with humility'.

As a draughtsman Wilhelm Kuhnert was supreme, working up his compositions quickly so he could capture the essence of his subjects before they moved away.

Wilhelm Kuhnert (German, 1865-1926)

Lamb, Emily (b. 1985)

Emily Lamb's obsession with art began at a very early age, wholly inspired by her Grandfather, David Shepherd. Following travels after college Emily Lamb attended Falmouth University Art College for her Foundation Course and having secured a place a Charles Cecil School in Florence, began her studies at their associated Lavender Hill Studios in London where she continues to study, alongside working on commissions and exhibitions.

Emily Lamb strives to continue her grandfathers living legacy of saving elephants, rhinos, tigers and other critically endangered species in their wild habitat in Africa and Asia, by supporting the David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation’s (DSWF) Art for Survival Programme, donating paintings for various fundraising events, auctions and exhibitions including ‘Three Generations’ with David and her aunt Mandy, to raise funds to save wildlife. She has also supported several other conservation initiatives.

Emily continues to travel regularly, drawing inspiration for her hugely successful exhibitions.

Emily Lamb (b. 1985)

Le May, Camilla (b.1973)

From silver jewellry to monumental bronzes, Camilla’s award winning work has been represented by established galleries since 2000 and is bought by private collectors worldwide, recently being acquired for a Royal collection. Elected as an Associate member of the Society of Equestrian Artists, she has won awards from the British Sporting Art Trust, the Society of Wildlife Artists and been shortlisted for the David Shepherd Wildlife Artist of the Year. Her life size bronze of the Household Cavalry horse, Sefton, commissioned for the Royal Veterinary College, was unveiled by Her Royal Highness, The Princess Royal. Camilla splits her time between UK, doing mainly horse commissions and Kenya, where she has a tent and a ‘mobile studio’; her Land Rover, which she has adapted, so that she can sculpt directly from life in the field:
“…this way I can study my subject’s anatomy and behavior more intimately. Getting to know my subjects in their natural environment is a privilege and a never ending inspiration.”
Camilla was the inaugural Artist in Residence for the RVC where she gave workshops, attended dissections, had expert critique on anatomy by vets and had access to the RVC structure and motion lab:
“...this has given me a more thorough understanding of anatomy and gait in different species and encouraged a deeper level of observation, which has been invaluable to the development of my sculpture practice.”
Her work is modelled in clay or wax and then cast into bronze.

Lodge, George Edward (1860-1954)

 George Edward Lodge was born at Horncastle in Lincolnshire. He was attracted to taxidermy and stuffed his first bird, an owl, at the age of twelve. As a student at the Lincoln School of Art he was awarded fourteen prizes for drawing and later became an expert wood engraver.

As a young man he travelled widely, visiting Ceylon, Japan and the West Indies. A great sportsman, he particularly enjoyed the annual visits to Scotland and to the salmon rivers of Norway, from which countries he gathered much material for his work on raptors. He was a keen falconer and spent the last part of his life in a house at Camberley which he named, appropriately, Hawk House.

Lodge wrote his only book ‘Memories of an Artist Naturalist’ at the age of eighty-five. He was, however, a prolific illustrator, best remembered for his superb illustrations for Dr. Bannerman’s twelve volumes of ‘The Birds of the British Isles’.

The George Lodge Trust has been recently established to encourage awareness in the life and work of George Edward Lodge.

George Edward Lodge (1860 -1954)

MacGillivray, Ian (b.1964)

Ian MacGillivray was born in Inverness in 1964 and brought up in England, mostly around the Derbyshire area.

Whilst studying for his BA Hons Fine Art Degree at Maidstone College of Art, he concentrated on developing his interest in landscape painting.  After leaving college in 1987 he returned to Scotland to pursue his passion for painting the Highland scene, developing a special affection for red deer.

He began to establish a repuation locally with two consectutive sell-out shows at the Moy Game Fair.  He has subsequently exhibited at galleries throughout Scotland and in 1992 won first prize in the Birtish Association of Shooting and Conservation National Wildlife Artist's Competition.

His concern is to achieve an authentic depiction of wildlife in its natural habitat.  He works from oil studies and sketches made oudoors which enables him to attain a high degree of accuracy of atmosphere and light not possible by other methods.

Ian MacGillivray (b.1964)

McPhail, Rodger (b. 1953)

 Rodger McPhail, son of a Scottish father and a Lancastrian mother, has always lived in Lancashire. After leaving school he studied for three years at the Liverpool School of Art. In 1975 he travelled to Spain to undertake a series of partridge shooting commissions and in 1977 he made the first of his visits to the US to paint commissions of shooting scenes in South Carolina and Georgia.

He has for many years been acknowledged as the country's leading sporting and wildlife artist. He is to wild animals and birds what Susan Crawford is to horses and camels – in a class of his own, the automatic first choice for anyone wanting book illustrated, a front cover, or even a postage stamp. He is also a highly competent portraitist and much in demand as a cartoonist. Many of his pictures have been reproduced as limited edition prints and in addition he has illustrated several books. In 1986 the Tryon published his book 'Open Season', which has been highly successful, and this was followed in 1990 by 'Fishing Season'.

McPhail will modestly say he took to painting because he was no good at anything else. His extraordinary versatile talent was recognised early by Tony Jackson, then editor of the Shooting Times, who introduced him to The Hon Aylmer Tryon of the eponymous gallery. He regards the Dutch artist, Rien Poortvliet, as his greatest mentor and has high regard for the work of the Dane, Bruno Lillefors, and Frank Southgate among many others. Although he makes frequent use of his camera and other references, he has an inimitable style which is all his own, and also the ability to work quickly and accurately with a wonderful photographic memory. In his early days McPhail was criticised for being too photographic and recording wingbeats which the human eye could never store by itself. No such criticism is ever heard nowadays.

Since his first solo exhibition at the Tryon Gallery in 1977, Rodger McPhail has had continuous success, with his most recent exhibition held at the gallery to celebrate his 60th birthday in 2013. Rodger is known across the globe for his illustration on the label of the renowned blended Scotch whisky `Famous Grouse`.   

Rodger McPhail (b. 1953)

Monamy, Peter (1681-1749)

Peter Monamy is ranked as one of two leaders, the other being Samuel Scott (1701-1772), in the first generation of English marine painters. He spent his early life completing an apprenticeship for a specialised decoration business (the Worshipful Company of Painter-Stainers) at Old London Bridge. Peter Monamy was later credited with Liveryman of Painter-Stainer's Company in 1726 to whom he donated the painting 'Royal Sovereign at anchor' which remains in their collection today. Although Peter Monamy spent much of his time in London it is known he spent many hours exploring coastlines and observing ports, working directly from nature.

Peter Monamy (1681-1749)

Muncaster, Claude (1903-1974)

Claude Muncaster was a marine and landscape painter, who specialised in watercolour painting. He travelled extenisively from a young age and during the interwar period made long distance voyages as a deck hand but also artist, including trips to Australia and the sub-continent. His experiences at sea led to his recognition for painting deck scenes and documenting day to day life at sea. During the Second World War Muncaster was a lieutenant-commander, R.N.V.R. as well as a camouflage advisor.

He exhibited at the Royal Academy and Society of Marine Artists, serving as President following the death of Charles Pears in 1957. Muncaster’s work is included in the Tate and National Maritime Museum collections.


Claude Muncaster P.R.S.M.A., R.W.S., R.O.I., R.B.A (1903-1974)

Munnings, Sir Alfred James KCVO, PRA (8 October 1878 – 17 July 1959)

Sir Alfred James Munnings KCVO, PRA (8 October 1878 – 17 July 1959) grew up in East Anglia (Waveney Valley) and left school at the age of 14 for an apprenticeship with a printing firm in Norwich. Munnings studied painting during evening classes, and this enabled him to leave the printing business and set up as an artist in his own right. The loss of sight in his right eye in an accident in 1898 did not deflect his determination to paint, and in 1899 two of Sir Alfred Munnings pictures were shown at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition. A visit to the Lavenham Horse Fair sparked off Munnings’ lifelong fascination with painting horses and country fairs – his two main areas of artistic expertise. Munnings visited Paris and Munich, taking inspiration from painters such as Henrich von Zügel (1850–1941) before joining the artists’ colony at Newlyn, Cornwall in 1911, where Sir Alfred James Munnings shared the common enthusiasm for painting directly from nature. He was turned down for active service in World War I but was sent to France in 1918 to record the actions of the Canadian Cavalry Brigade. On visiting the USA for six months in 1924 Munnings was besieged with society commissions, before being elected R.A. in 1926 and then President of the Royal Academy in 1944. Sir Alfred James Munnings was one of the greatest sporting artists of his generation, and after his death his wife turned their home in Dedham into a museum for his work.

 Sir Alfred James Munnings KCVO, PRA (8 October 1878 – 17 July 1959)


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