TIMOTHY GREENWOOD 1946-2010
Timothy Greenwood the very talented wildlife artist died on Christmas Eve 2010 in his cottage beside the banks of Loch Tummel. Timothy was born in Chatham, Kent on 11th December 1947. He trained at the Ravensbourne College of art in Bromley and later at the Camberwell School of Art in London. He became a full time artist in 1968. He was a member of the Society of Wildlife Artists (SWLA) and was a founder member of The World Pheasant Association.
Tim always had a passionate interest in birds and animals and all his life was able to translate this into detailed paintings in several art mediums and experimented successfully with tecniques like dying art paper with brews of nettles or tea to achieve a background tone that he wanted for a particular painting..
He held three one – artist shows at the Furneaux Gallery (now the Pollard) in Wimbledon. For several years he exhibited his etchings at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition where his limited editions were invariably oversubscribed. In 1977 he had a one man show at the Tryon Gallery and four years later he had a joint exhibition again at the Tryon with the well known sculptress Sally Arnup. In 1985 he held an exhibition of Kenya wild-life paintings in Nairobi.
In 1970 Tim was commissioned to illustrate the bird section of the Shell Nature Guide to Britain and later produced work for the Natural History Museum, The Shooting Times and Country Life. His first two man shows were televised by the BBC Animal Magic Programme. He gained more experience when he worked as a voluntary warden at the RSBP bird Sanctuaries at Minsmere in Suffolk and Fetlar Island in Shetland.
Tim travelled widely all over the world in pursuit of his career and subject matter for it. He went on expeditions or visits to many countries including Kenya, Lapland, Norway, Morocco Tunisia, USA, Canada, Austria, Greece, Italy, India, Bhutan Pakistan, Borneo, Malaysia and China.It was his first hand Knowledge of the last six far eastern countries which resulted in the commission to illustrate the two unique and superbly produced limited edition (600) volumes “The Atlas of Rare Pheasants” by Keith Howman and published by the Palawan Press at £750 per volume. The book describes the 48 rare pheasants all of which were superbly illustrated by Tim in a series of water colours which show off brilliantly the birds themselves and their habitat.
Tim was particularly well known for his etching. The ancient art of etching is a dying one amongst artists today. Tim had his own presses . They can be hand coloured by the artist and a number of examples of this are in the sales detailed below.
Timothy was always proud of having been not only a founder member of The World Pheasant Association. In 1975, but of having designed the Charities logo. He left everything (except his dog) to Keith Howman but before making his will he expressed the wish that if possible WPA should benefit in some way. It seemed appropriate to have two last substantial exhibitions of his paintings and superb etchings at WPA’s two Charity Clay Shoots, one in the South of England at Compton Manor near Stockbridge in Hampshire on 6th May. The other in Scotland near Leuchars in Fife. The events will cover the basic costs so that the Charity will benefit from all funds raised. Around 40 paintings and etchings will be displayed for sale mainly by silent auction at each event. Click now on auction for details.
TIMOTHY GREENWOOD 1946-2010