Gerry Halpin MBE, MAFA
Gerry Halpin is a contemporary artist living and working in Bolton near Manchester. He has a long standing relationship with the Manchester Academy of Fine Arts and is a past president 2015-2019. He received an MBE for services to arts and charity in 2009. His influences include many of the St Ives school abstract artists William Scott, Victor Pasmore, Roger Hilton and Patrick Heron.
Gerry paints in acrylics and more recently oils, and his focus is often on landscapes seen from above, which began after several flying experiences in a light aircraft. He is fascinated by the topographical formations, geographic and man made, of the landscape, particularly coastal landscapes where the sea crashes over the rocks or ebbs over sand. Following a trip to Gallery East in Woodbridge, Suffolk Gerry has painted some recent works inspired by the Suffolk coast.
Gerry exhibits widely within the UK, including the North West and London. Recent exhibitions include the Royal Institute of Oil Painters annual exhibitions at the Mall Galleries in London since 2013. He was the winner of the Menena Joy Schwabe memorial award for an outstanding artist ROI 2014. His work has also been included in the Society of Marine Artists and Royal Society of Watercolour Painters at the Mall Galleries, and at the Atkinson Art Gallery in Southport. Gerry’s work is in several permanent collections including the Blackburn City Art Gallery.
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