Born March 21, 1943, British artist and painter, founder member of the Brotherhood of Ruralists. Born in Wednesfield, Staffordshire, moved to Biggin Hill, Kent 1950. Studied painting at Beckenham School of Art (1959–63) and then the Royal Academy school of painting (1963–66).
In 1975 he was a founder member of the Brotherhood of Ruralists with Sir Peter Blake, Graham Ovenden, Annie Ovenden, Graham Arnold, Ann Arnold and Jann Haworth. He left the group in 1983. His works are held in the collection of the Tate. (, link above)

"Inshaw's oil paintings are not simply snapshots of events or landscapes – they are autobiographical pieces with great emotional intensity. His use of strong, contrasting colours and striking sunlight, or shadows, capture attention and draw the audience into the artist's world. Inshaw often paints in isolation, focusing on his life and attempting to make sense of it through his work. Past and present relationships are often the subject of his paintings, of which the struggles are laid bare for all to see.

....In 1975, Inshaw formed the Brotherhood of Ruralists with other artist friends, including Peter Blake. They shared an enthusiasm for painting nature, despite their differing styles. Inshaw's love of anything "natural" is clearly evident in the majority of his works – often depict rolling hills, coastlines, birds and trees. Thomas Hardy and Edward Elgar inspired this passion – Inshaw made long car journeys to see the places that influenced their work – places that, in turn, influenced him.

In the 1980s there was a change in Inshaw's painting style – his old style had become increasingly restrictive. He shifted away from applying paint in minute detail, to larger and looser brushstrokes. He started working standing up, using his whole body to move the paintbrush. The resulting effect is no less striking, but has a more" (More at
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Suzan Hamer


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