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Thursday, December 02, 2021

Artist profiles

Hoylake is home to many artists, from local, highly talented practitioners through to established professionals with international status.


It is a naturally creative place to live; exciting, beautiful, understated, friendly and unpretentious.. if you love art and take a creative perspective on life you will find many like-minded people here.


Here are profiles of some of Hoylake's finest. If you wish to be added to this section please email us.

Peter Betts, former Education Officer at The Walker Art Gallery writes:

'Peter Macaulay continues to explore and develop what has been for him a lifelong source inspiration - the human figure.  His figures are quickly sketched and at all times treated to a degree of abstraction.  He's unafraid of experiment and risk.  What impresses me most is the speed and fluency of his work.  He moves effortlessly between representation and abstraction and makes great play of the space between these opposing points.  The colours sing and despite the masterly free-flowing lines there is a solid geometry within his compositions.  His style has the effect of infusing the figures with more vitality and visual interest than an ordinary figure drawing might possess.  Peter Macaulay is perhaps one of Merseyside's least known but certainly more gifted artists.  His work is in several private collections and currently in the Wirral Society of Arts exhibition at the Williamson Gallery where his entry is the recipient of the Charles Oliver award.'

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Paul Irvine makes silverware using a range of traditional processes.  Sterling silver is a particularly malleable metal, and so can be readily hammered, rolled and pressed into a wide range of forms. 

In stock Paul has a range of rings, bangles, pendants and torques, along with cufflinks and collar bones for gentlemans' shirts.  Bespoke items such as napkin rings and candelabra can be made to order.

Each piece is individually crafted;  no two items are the same. Pieces can be  readily sized to suit individual requirements.

All pieces are hallmarked as a guarantee of the standard of the silver from which they are made.  Each individual item is sent to the Goldsmiths Hall in London to be tested or 'assayed'.  The testing of silverware to check the precious metal content has been carried out by the London Assay Office since 1300 and is one of the oldest forms of consumer protectionism.


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I am an artist. I paint still lives of the quotidian, or commonplace. Most of the objects are either found or bought from charity shops. By doing this I hope to show the beauty of the ordinary. I aso paint and draw the male and female nude. I have recently become interested in painting landscapes of the woods near where I live which has made me develop a looser style of painting.

I attended the Byam Shaw School of Painting in London from 1979 to 1983. Since then I have supported myself as a teacher and by selling my art. In 2000 I moved to the Liverpool area with my family where I continue to teach and paint.

I have had two one-man shows in London and regularly exhibit at the New English Art Club and Royal Institute of Oil Painters exhibitions, as well as shows in the North West.

I have paintings in both private and public collections in this country and abroad.

Please do contact me by email


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Max Blond was born and brought up in Liverpool. He trained at Bath Academy of Arts, Liverpool Art School and The Slade School of Fine Art, London. During the 1970s, 1980s, and the 1990s he exhibited in both solo and group exhibitions in Britain, Europe and America. In the last fifteen years he has not been publicly exhibiting and has developed an extensive body of work, the content of which is entirely spiritual.  The basis for the paintings is the deeply held belief that mankind is not just a physical entity and that any approach to trying to find solutions to, and understanding of, Life must include the spiritual life as equally important if not more so.



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Ken Mountain was born in Hoylake and is a self-taught artist.  During his working years his time for painting was limited.  However, in 1995 he took early retirement, attended Nigel Morris's art class in the Community Centre in Hoylake and began to work in oils.  His paintings vary but are usually figurative or landscape works.  They include paintings of Hilbre Island, the Royal Liverpool Golf Links, the Lady of Hilbre lifeboat at sea and the Dee Estuary.

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Istra Toner, born in 1947 in Montenegro, has lived in the UK since 1968, and in West Kirby since 1995. In 2008 she graduated in art and design from Glyndwr University in Wales where she specialised in glass art after a long academic career as a psychologist. Her main interest is in combining all art forms and the psychology of being. Istra regularly exhibits in the UK and in Croatia. Her studio and gallery are in Croatia where she spends part of the year working as an independent artist. She is involved in local and international creative community projects.


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Born in Liverpool, Robert Blackburn completed his studies at the Liverpool College of Art.

He then worked in commercial art in the North West. During a period of change, he lived and worked in North Wales before entering the teaching profession and becoming head of the art department in a large comprehensive school. During his career, he worked on stage design, store and exhibition displays and graphics.

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Oke was born in Lagos Nigeria but moved to Merseyside as a result of changed family situation. He attended St Anselm's College in Birkenhead from !991 to1996. He completed his foundation course in Art and Design at Wirral Metropolitan college at Withens lane.

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Colin McPherson was born in Edinburgh in 1964 and was given his first camera at the age of 13.  After leaving school he began working for newspapers and magazines both on the staff and, for the past fifteen years, as a freelance. 

He shoots assignments regularly for the Independent on Sunday, the Guardian, the Observer and The Times Educational Supplements and is a contributing editorial photographer with Corbis.  He has covered almost all of the major news events in the UK during the last decade and has travelled across the world for many of his newspaper and magazine clients.  Colin's various projects and exhibitions have been featured and reviewed extensively in the media with coverage in Artwork, the Independent. the Herald, Sunday Herald, Scotland on Sunday, as well as numerous local publications.

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Carol Tipping - aka Carol Ballard/ Carolyn Taylor is a photoartist who lives in Hoylake.

Combining photography with painting has been what I was always looking for. I like the fact that I can create anything that I want and still look for innovative ways to work with this medium.

I am a member of Hoylake Photographic Society




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Born locally in West Kirby, Marianthi has been taking photographs for over twenty years.  However it is since investing in a digital camera in 2007 that she has become passionate about the art of photography.

Whether it be capturing the interaction of light on the land, highlighting the intricate details of a flower or plant or recording the architectural landscapes of urban life, she enjoys the challenge of new and varied subjects.

Land and seascape photography remain her particular love and form the subjects of most of her fine art photography.  The stunning views around the North West coast, with its majestic skies and ever-changing light offer a constant source of inspiration.

Her images have been featured in several international publications and she produces a range of greetings cards, fine art prints and calendars of local views which are available in outlets across Wirral as well as on her website.




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Barbara Meynell creates vibrant, intricate pictures using the technique of batik. Each piece of work is totally individual due to the unique and unpredictable outcomes of using hot wax and dyes on paper and silk. She mostly draws inspiration from coastal and mountain landscapes, exploring the essence of a place and aiming to capture space and light in her work.

Barbara produces a range of individually hand-painted silk scarves that are stocked by Seagrass Studios in Hoylake. She takes part in the Wirral Open Studios, displaying her batik pictures and scarves.

She has taught silk painting and batik to adults in further education, run projects with children in schools in Liverpool and worked with adults with mental health needs in Manchester. She runs occasional workshops in batik at her studio in Meols.

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Mark Howard has over 25 years experience as a photojournalist, travelling extensively around the world exploring many key issues, including

  • agricultural reform in Ghana
  • the diamond trade in Sierra Leone
  • the role of the Church of South India in local communities
  • conflict resolution in Sri Lanka
  • political upheaval in Haiti
  • following the coca trail in Bolivia
  • conducting research for a film in India based around the Beatitudes
  • the rights of indentured sugar workers in Fiji
  • the nuclear legacy in the Solomon Islands
  • church and state in Tonga
  • meeting and interviewing women’s peace groups in Northern Ireland


His photographic work has been exhibited in a number of London galleries and a book of his photographs, ‘Archive’ was published in 2005.


Summing up his philiosophy on the arena in which he works, he says: " when we lose sight of what charity should be about, it can quickly become the fuel of injustice. A status quo of giver and receiver develops; that is very dangerous, and I want to help people to shake that off. Charity should be about change. It is fundamentally revolutionary.”


Mark is available to speak at events, as well as running day and residential workshops. To ‘BookMark’, please call 0151 632 1657 to discuss your requirements, availability and costs.

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Wirral-born artist Jo Smith opened Seagrass Studio Gallery in April 2009, where she creates her own range of unique jewellery and artwork.

Her eclectic painting style includes flamboyant and colourful flowers, forests and richly textural local scenes, which are showcased alongside other local artists' crafts, arts and gifts.

Commissions welcomed from all artists.

Bespoke jewellery and personalised wedding and anniversary gifts.

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 Terry Duffy is an internationally established artist and works between London and Hoylake. He studied at Liverpool College of Art in the 1970's. He has exhibited in New York, Berlin, Venice, Paris, London and many other locations.

More recently he had a show in Liverpool at the Walker Art Gallery and other important locations in 2008 during the European Capital of Culture year. In 2009 he exhibited in the prestigious Venice Biennale at the Palazzo Contarini.

His work has always been received with enthusiasm and support by the press and media, e.g. Studio International, Time Out, The Guardian, The Independent, Art Review, Channel 4 and BBC World News. His painting now form part of many collections in this country and abroad. E.g. Sainsbury's, Granada, Bosch, Penguin Books, Panasonic and other collections in the USA, Switzerland, France and Germany.

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Barbara completed her BA Honours degree in Fine Art at the University of Chester in 2008.

She paints in acrylics, watercolours and silk. She is also a photographer.




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