Selected Artist Biographies

Augustinus, Paul (b. 1952)

Born in 1952 in Denmark, Paul Augustinus grew up in Kenya, Tanzania and Zimbabwe. After qualifying as a Geologist he worked in this industry for a year before taking up painting full time. A self taught artist, Augustinus draws his inspiration from the romance of the wild game country that he has made his home over the years.

Augustinus has spent the majority of his career in the wilderness in some of Africa's last remaining bastions of wildlife, spending ten years in Northern Botswana game reserves, three years in the Kaokoverldg in Namibia and eight months in the rainforests of Equatorial Africa. He has also travelled extensively in North America, Asia and Europe in the pursuit of material for his wildlife paintings. He currently lives in East Africa with his wife.

As well as participating in group shows at the Tryon Galleries in 2001, 2003 and 2007, he has also had outstanding solo exhibitions at the gallery in 2006, 2008 and 2012.

Paul Augustinus (b. 1952)

Carmichael, John Wilson (1800-1868)

Born in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, John Wilson Carmichael was apprenticed to a ship builder before becoming a marine artist. He exhibited at the Royal Academy, and was then asked by the Illustrated London News to cover the Crimean War in the Baltic from 1855. John Wilson Carmichael subsequently became one of the best of the Victorian maritime artists, along with E.W.Cooke and Clarkson Stanfield.

John Wilson Carmichael (1800‒1868)

Ching, Ray Harris (b.1939)

Born in Wellington, New Zealand, Ray Harris Ching has been called an 'artist's artist' and among bird painters is a draughtsman without peer. A renegade artist in the wildlife genre, he paints obsessively to push the boundaries of bird painting from its more familiar tradition, to break entirely new ground.

Ching's vision and his distinctive approach to painting animals is well documented in several books which include: 'The Bird Paintings', 1978, 'Studies & Sketches of a Bird Painter', 1981,'The Art of Raymond Ching', 1981, 'New Zealand Birds: An Artist's Field-studies', 1986, 'Wild Portraits', 1988, 'Ray HarrisChing, Journey of an artist', 1990, 'Kiwis', 1990, 'Voice from the Wilderness', 1994.

Ching's work has been exhibited in solo shows at the Tryon in 1986, 1988,1993, 1998, and 2007.

de Ferranti, Domenica (b.1986)

Domenica focuses on the human figure. Her work explores the physicality of material and her sculptures have a tactile presence which is complimented and enhanced by various mediums. Human expression and movement are at the core of her work and reveal her fascination with people and their interactions.

"As a sculptor, I aim to create work that is tactile. I am attracted to simple forms but also strive to provoke a deeper understanding of the subject through creating rhythms in the handling of each sculpture."

Domenica's time is divided between commissioned work and various series of sculpture inspired by daily life and travels abroad. After a classical training at an atelier in Florence, Domenica returned to the UK where she currently works from her South London studio. She accepts portrait bust commissions in plaster, bronze and stone.

Domenica de Ferranti (b.1986)

Dews, J. Steven (b.1949)

Dews’s love affair with art and the sea began at the age of 5, when he had a picture of a ship displayed on the wall at St John’s Infant School. He inherited his passion for ships and the sea from his grandfather, who was an Assistant Harbour Master in Hull. Dews built up an astonishing portfolio for his first exhibition in 1976 and, on the exhibition’s first night, virtually his entire collection was sold. The following year he held an exhibition in San Francisco which also sold out to great critical acclaim and, since then, Steven Dews has continued exhibiting regularly through the gallery and his agent and director of the gallery Oliver Swann.

Steven Dews is a highly experienced yachtsman who brings his knowledge to the composition and detail of his paintings. This, together with a mastery of technique to capture wind, sea and sky has raised his work to be so very highly prized amongst collectors. The Marine Board of N.S.W. commissioned from him a record of the Australian Bicentennial Celebrations, and in 1994 the New York Yacht Club chose him to record their 150th Birthday Regatta at Newport, R.I. Many owners from around the world have commissioned portraits of their favourite yachts. The Royal Yacht Squadron commissioned Dews to paint a record of the 2001 America’s Cup Jubilee Regatta.

J. Steven Dews (b.1949)

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