J.A.Swarbrick-Banks BA.MA.


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Professional Fine Art Painter since 1992
 Lyrical Abstraction

Medium:  Oils (traditional practice)

Studio:  South West England

August 1959 London


Baccalaureate Degree    Fine Art Painting
Academie Minerva. Groningen. The Netherlands. Graduated 1992

Master of Art    Post Graduate Degree     Fine Art Painting
School of Art, University of Aberystwyth, Wales.  Graduated 2019

Artist in Residence
Coventry Cathedral  2012
The very first Artist in Residence to the Cathedral.
Commissioned to paint the portrait of The Very Reverend John Irvine. 
2002 - 2012 
I accomplished several projects including abstract oil paintings inspired by and in celebration of the 50th Jubilee consecration of the new Cathedral designed by Sir Basil Spence.

Ask away or even commission me!
I am usually contacted for enquiries to paint portraits. However I love to paint! So I work with clients on all sorts of projects whether that might be a landscape, a building or a free range commission to create a painting from a poem, a memory or piece of music. The more bizarre the better!
I work primarily in oil paint but of course, I am very happy to create drawings, pastels, etc.

My work to date...
Paintings (mostly) in private collections.
Also known for album cover/cd artwork.

Private Tutor 
Fine Art Painting and Drawing, all genres : Portraiture, Landscape, Genre, Abstraction.
All levels.
One to one tuition online or private lessons in Devon and Cornwall.

If you would like a non-committal quote regarding commissioning a drawing or a painting or just more information about future projects, feel free to drop me a line. I consider commissions in all subjects.
I charge £15 an hour with a £15 non-refundable deposit for tuition.
For pieces such as a drawing or painting of: your house / family member / pet, etc., are individually priced after a discussion of what you would like and according to what medium is to be used...such as Oil paints, Pastels, Pen and Ink, etc., everything no matter how quirky considered!

Be assured, a quote is not an obligation.

I currently have an exhibition running at Clare Hall, Cambridge University.
Transcendental Landscapes
March 10th - April 27th 2023.
Herschel Road
T +44 (0)1223 332360
F +44 (0)1223 332333

Thanks very much


Photograph of Jill Swarbrick-Banks in the studio taken by Dave Swarbrick 2010

Exhibition at Clare Hall, Cambridge 10/3/23 - 27/4/23 Herschel Road. Cambridge CB3 9AL Tel: 01223 332360 porters@clarehall.cam.ac.ukj

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Ten years after... My oil portrait of the (then) leaving Dean of Coventry Cathedral, the Very Reverend John Irvine in their jubilee year 2012. The portrait is in the Provost's Vestry and I hadn't seen it framed and in situ until this Christmas Eve when I revisited the Cathedral. Very many thanks indeed to the kindness and time of Michelle, Tim and priest Carolyn for enabling me to visit my painting once more!

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portrait of Lisa Cunningham-Allsop 2018 oils on canvas 70cm x 70cm (approx)

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A magical feature, the old Mill Race at Kenilworth Castle, Warwickshire. The growth of very mature trees such as Oak and Ash with hawthorn and blackthorn crowding around has immense beauty... The real scene is one of gentle gradual decay and inevitable disintegration, this Mill Race is a remarkable remnant of Kenilworth Castle's medieval history. It is situated above what was once the Great Meer (Lake) which snaked around the castle and out over what is now pasture for cattle and a pleasant countryside walk. Indeed, cattle wander up to use the Race as shelter from inclement weather. Queen Elizabeth I, as guest of Robert Dudley in the 1500s was rowed across the Great Meer on a prestigious royal visit to Kenilworth. On dog walks, I regularly walked the Race on early frosty winter mornings. I later drew my memory of the Race in pen and ink over three days. Thank you.

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The Fairport Coven, Deddington, Oxon.

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