Jeffrey Wilkinson

Jeff was born in 1942, married to Pat with 2 sons. Trained at Sutton & Cheam School of art & Design. Fine art, then continued on into Graphic Design

NDD: National Diploma in Design
FSCD: Fellow of the Society of Chartered Designers
MISTD: Member of the International Society of Typographers

He worked in several design studios in London. Became a member of the design team at Burroughs Wellcome Pharmaceutical Company. Formed a company with a partner in New Bond Street, West London. Moved to Surrey for family commitments. Director of several Advertising Agencies. Had a an office at Shepperton Studios working on graphics in the film and theatre industry, with a few years in Los Angeles, USA and Tokyo, Japan. Graphics include: Corporate identity, promotional material including brochure work for magazines, advertising campaigns, exhibitions and marketing etc. The work has always involved illustration as well as design.

More recently Jeff’s passion has leaned towards painting and illustration with such commissions as: 3 murals for Cranfield University, Shrivenham. A mural consisting of 24 paintings divided up to form a total landscape to fit around all 4 walls of an MRI scanning room of a private hospital in Wiltshire. Also numerous commissions from Los Angeles for paintings for clients from an on-going relationship with various clients in the film and entertainment business.

Jeff has been an External Examiner for numerous Art Colleges in England for a fair number of years. He has taught and lectured in many colleges. Latterly being a Marketing Manager and tutor to BA and HND students at Swindon College, Wiltshire.

He took early retirement from the educational system to concentrate on Graphic Design Consultancy and painting the ‘things he wants to paint’ using his experience of many years in the design/art business without the pressures of deadlines to spoil the fun and enjoyment. His paintings have been exhibited and sold in England, Scotland, France and USA.

The latest series of Koi and Carp paintings have come from the interest in Chinese and Japanese Art and Culture. He practices T’ai Chi. It is a form of exercise that is both relaxing & energy giving. The style of the Japanese gardens with their pools appeals to the designer in him. There is beautiful flowing movements from the fish and one can often see where the Yin & Yang ( energy giving symbol ) shape has come from in how the fish swim together.
He hopes you find them both stirring and relaxing at the same time.

The range of paintings depicting seascapes/sunsets are from photography taken by him for his reference for representational/figurative style of paintings. Some of them have been stylised to a more abstract image thereby increasing the graphic portrayal. Nothing has more to offer in the way of originality than nature itself.

The penguin paintings are from the film ‘March of the Penguins. The film is a must for anyone interested in nature. The film is about the Emperor Penguins and their survival. Jeff has done a series, not all shown. Mainly the babies. They are so cute. They also have the face of the Japanese Yin & Yang symbol. The symmetry of the lines and shapes, again appeals to the designer in him.