Clinton Banbury Art
Clinton Banbury Art
from left to right - Dash-hound, Look Who's on the Comfy Chair and Cocker Hoop
Tidal Patterns - Chartreuse
African Elephants in Amber Light in oil
Mission and vision
At a busy event I recently attended I met a very kind lady who said, ‘I have one of your pictures on the wall, at the bottom of the stairs, and it makes me smile everyday’. I am told again and again how much my art makes people happy. For my illustrative ‘Art that Makes you Smile’ range of prints my mission continues to be to produce a quality gift making art affordable and available to all.
I produce my larger contemporary work to answer a creative design need in myself, but, when people add my work to their art collection it is the best feeling.
Ultimately my vision is to continue maintaining my illustrative work in the background and to focus more on my art for its own sake.
I find that ‘animated’ objects, living things; people, animals, and birds provide endless drawing opportunities (I keep a sketchbook). I take inspiration from the line drawings of Picasso, the prints of Sir Terry Frost, and I admire Japanese calligraphy and clever use of colour in fabric design. I love graphic solutions, classic typography, and aspire to produce beautiful line, (I have a degree in graphic design).
As an artist with a career in Illustration my work is divided into two styles: My ‘Art that Makes you Smile’ range are quick humorous images similar to my commercial book illustrations. We sell thousands of these prints each year. My Contemporary artwork, however, is on a larger scale and combines fluid, precise brush line work with clear flat washes of colour.
For both I use ink and watercolour though I do enjoy creating larger works in oils or acrylic.
My preconceived designs based on my own experience of the natural world simply cover a plane surface forming coherent patterns of colours and abstraction.