Benjamin Britten

I have produced commissioned portraits of certain musicians, composers and critics, including :
Lord and Lady Menuhin
Sir Michael Tippett
Elizabeth Schwarzkopf and Walter Legge
Alfred Brendl
Leonard Bernstein
Mstislav Rostropovich
Sir Edward Heath
Sir Andrjez Panufnik
Sir Georg Solti
Edward Greenfield

Edward Greenfield, who for many years was the chief music critic of The Guardian, became a prominent patron of mine, and has a collection of 13 of my paintings in his London home.

Portraits outside the musical world have included those of the Vice Chancellor of Roehampton University and the retiring Chair of Governors of the University of Northampton as well as a group portrait for a former Head of HTV to celebrate her 80th birthday.

I also have a number of private collections in Carmarthenshire.

Exhibitions of my work have included solo and group shows at:
Royal Festival Hall, London
St David's Hall, Cardiff
Richmond Gallery, Cork Street, London
Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool
Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, Swansea
Stables Gallery, Twickenham

I also have work on permanent display in public venues, including:
St David's Hall, Cardiff - large Igor Stravinsky painting
Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool - 2 large paintings of Serge Rachmaninov and Sir Charles Groves, together with 3 paintings of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
Royal College of Music, London - painting of Benjamin Britten
Art Workers' Guild, London - painting of Edward Greenfield

Jeffrey Spedding September 2012

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