Who am I?

Who am I? This is a question I have asked myself most of my life, but it has taken me on a journey that is reflected in the vastly different styles in my art.

As a storyboard artist I have worked most of my life making drawings, illustrations and paintings for many art directors in dozens of leading London advertising agencies.

Having begun my career in art in the 1960's I have had to develop many styles to suit the many art directors' intentions: from painterly styles like Boucher and Cubists to Victorian scraps to Monet to popular illustrators and cartoonists to realize their work briefings to order.

Now I am free to express myself in whatever way I wish. Sometimes abstract, sometimes visualising my idea of the perfect world or seeing the world and reporting what I see.

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I am a Cambridgeshire artist  who graduated in illustration and graphic design from Twickenham College of Technology, now called Richmond Art College.

I had a long and successful career in advertising and was employed at Doyle Dane Bernbach and then worked freelance as a 'Storyboard Artist'.

Struggling to find out what life is all about I spent six years at an Ashram in Poona, India and a Commune in Suffolk as a Sannyasin of Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh.

I was then employed for fifteen years at Abbott Mead Vickers as storyboard artist. The Creative Director, David Abbott was a patron of The Royal Ballet, he invited me to design and illustrate The Royal Ballet School Annual Report. This was a delight to illustrate. I made drawings at Covent Garden and at The Royal Ballet School and drawings selected by Dame Merle Park DBE and designed and illustrated Annual Reports for them for six years.

I made hundreds of drawings in live performance of many ballets at The Royal Ballet in Covent Garden and Modern Dance at various theatres in London.

I loved to play with paint and developed an abstract style of painting which is bold and dramatic and had a successful exhibition of my work at Gallery Differentiate in Shad Thames.
Delighted at how fast I could draw the human body in movement I was drawn to Exotic Dance and spent many happy years drawing striptease in East London pubs. I gave the girls drawings of themselves and sold some of the drawings to customers who watched me in the pubs.

I worked with my wife as Art Director in her PR and Marketing business for the following fourteen years.

Joining the Naked Bike Ride in 2005 gave me inspiration to paint the next series of paintings. Described by a critic as “powerful and challenging” they are inspired by both the exotic and ordinary characters who take part in the World Naked Bike Rides. These annual events take place in London, which annually attract around 1000 cyclists, as well as in other UK and world cities.

The Naked Bike Ride paintings are painted expressively from imagination rooted in a grounding of drawing dancers in motion. Some participants dress in carnival style, giving decorative and mythical characters a surreal meeting with London landmarks. I keep finding new ways to express this, from naturalistic representation in a reportage manner, to playing with perspective and alluding to classical and modern references.

I became known for  rapid life drawings of ballet and exotic dancers and was featured on several TV programmes with Richard & Judy, Sky One and Men and Motors and Live TV.

For any enquiries please contact me on perry@nakedart.com

1962 - 1966: Twickenham College of Technology - Illustration, Life Drawing and Painting.
Storyboard artist in leading London advertising agencies, both employed and freelance
1968 - 1971 - Doyle Dane Bernbach - General Artist and Storyboards
1971 - 1979 - Freelance Storyboards
1979 - 1985 - Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh Ashram in Poona and commune in UK
1985 - 2000 - Abbott Mead Vickers BBDO and freelance.
1993 - Darryl Nantais Gallery, Whittlesford
1999 - Gallery Differentiate, Shad Thames, Butlers Wharf
1997, 1998 and 2000: Erotica exhibition at Olympia
2000 - 2003 - Saddlers Row Gallery, Petworth
2000 - 2014 - Saffron Communications - Art Director
2011 - MacKenzie Gallery, Teddington
2012 - to date - Gallery Different, Fitzrovia, London