Paul Banning



Born in Trinidad in 1934 and educated at Clifton College in Bristol where he studied and excelled in furniture and interior design at the West of England College of Art. He obtained a National Service commission in the Army before joining the furniture trade until redundancy in 1986 allowed him to change direction and follow his passion for painting, and the opportunity to develop this talent and start a new career.

Using his drafting talents, he taught himself the skills of water media painting and his watercolours show a masterly control of the medium. He also enjoys painting in oils.

He exhibits regularly in the major exhibitions at the Mall Galleries, and has been hung in the RA Summer Exhibition, The Singer and Friedlander Sunday Times Watercolour Exhibition 2005 and 2007, now called The Sunday times Watercolour competition, the Lynn Painter-Stainers Exhibition 2007, and 2014. The RWS/Sunday Times Watercolour competition 2009, and in the Sunday Times Watercolour competition 2010, and 2011.

He is a member of the Royal Institute of Painter in Watercolour, the Royal Society of Marine Artists,and TheWapping Group of Artists who specialize in painting plein air each week between April and September on the river Thames and its tributaries.

He is also a member of The Armed Forces Art Society, The Chelsea Art Society, and Associate member ofFarnham Art Society.

He travels abroad as much as possible, and this allows him to paint a wide variety of interesting subject matter.

He does Courses at Dedham in Suffolk, in March, May, and July. He is President of the Wokingham Art Society and both supports and is supported by local artists.

He has had numerous articles in both the Artist magazine, and the Artists and Illustrators magazine, and Leisure Painter, and also in L’Art de L’Aquarelle, a new French magazine due to be published in English this year. Further details and examples of his work can be found on his website


Freshfields Prize at the RWS C21 Exhibition 2000
Llewellyn Alexander Award RI 2002
Society Painting prize, Armed Forces Art Society 2005
Chelsea Art Society Painting prize 2004
Armed Forces Art Society Exhibition, best picture depicting an Army subject. 2007
The Cuthbert's Watercolour award at RSMA 2008
The Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours The Turner Watercolour Award 2011


Estate House Santa Cruz Valley   Countryside

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