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Abbey Walmsley

Biography

Abbey began exhibiting and selling her artwork at the age of fourteen. She studied art at the Dorchester Thomas Hardye School in Dorset, earning the opportunity to work with the Slade School of Fine Art, The Royal College of Art and The Royal Academy of Arts, London.

At the age of eighteen Abbey's artwork was selected by HRH Prince Charles as a finalist for the Young Artists' Britain Competition. Abbey met with Prince Charles at Hampton Court Palace, and her art was displayed alongside artworks by the Prince in an exhibition that toured the United Kingdom.

Abbey Walmsley Fine Art was launched in November 2000. In the spring of 2001, Abbey presented a solo exhibition at the Prince of Wales Trophy, Royal Berkshire Polo Club. Following this, she was introduced to the Newmarket racing scene by some of the most respected racing trainers in England. Abbey placed her second solo exhibition in King Charles II's Apartments at Palace House in Newmarket in September, and received a commission from the British Bloodstock Agency, commemorating their 90th anniversary.

In the summer of 2002 Abbey's work was showcased by Christies (London) for the annual Society of Equine Artists Exhibition. Two of Abbey's paintings were given prominent central positions in the exhibition and Abbey was awarded the 'Best Newcomers Award' at a presentation on the opening evening.

In November 2002, Abbey's artwork was introduced to The Halcyon Gallery (Knightsbridge, London) with the gallery representing several of her equestrian artworks. Abbey was invited to participate in the 'Art of Living' exhibition from September through November 2003, displaying 'past and present masters of painting' at the Halcyon Gallery, Harrods. Abbey's artworks were displayed in her own street side window and throughout internal departments alongside works by Picasso, Rembrandt, Warhol, Chagall, Miro, Renoir amongst others. In the Autumn of 2003 the Halcyon Gallery arranged for a personal showing of Abbey's equestrian art works and a private meeting with her Royal Highness Princess Anne.

'Regarded as one of the youngest and best realist painters in the world, Abbey's art is becoming much sought after. Her art displays both movement and action within her acute portrayal of light, combined with technical ability and the sheer scale of her works. She aims to capture the most difficult illusions of light and movement in her subject matter and is always seeking more challenging images to portray in both pencil and oil paint.' HARRODS, ART OF LIVING CATALOGUE, SEPTEMBER 2003

In 2004, Abbey established the Abbey Walmsley Fine Art Conservation Outreach Programme. Through this programme Abbey's artworks reach a wide spectrum of viewers and increases public awareness and funding for various wildlife conservation projects.

From May 2004 to August 2006, Abbey's studio was located in Vancouver, Canada. Whilst continuing to paint and sketch, she attended events featuring her artwork, held both private and public showings and exhibitions, and travelled across Canada and the United States gathering material of her favourite wildlife, cultural, historical and equestrian subjects. In November 2005 an article and a collection of Abbey's artworks was featured in 'Art of England' Magazine prior to exhibiting both in Dallas and Houston, Texas USA in January and Febuary 2006.

Abbey returned to St. Moritz in 2007 to gather material and experience the Centenary meeting of White Turf – the subject of the oil painting '100th Running – White Turf' and the pencil drawing ' White Turf - Centenary Trotting'. Credit Sussie showcased the original oil painting '100th Running - White Turf' throughout the month of February 2009 over the duration of the White Turf event, much to the enjoyment of their clients.

In 2009 Abbey Walmsley Fine Art began talks with Panthera, a leading big cat conservation organisation founded in 2006 whose mission it is to conserve the 36 species of wild cats ( www.Panthera.org ). Abbey Walmsley Fine Art is very proud to have partnered with Panthera to assist with Jaguar conservation efforts. The painting 'Breaking Shadows' will support Panthera's Jaguar projects through the sale of the original artwork and Archival Limited Edition Prints as well as utilising the artwork to bring attention to Panthera's Jaguar Projects. Abbey hopes to develop the relationship further to include Snow leopard conservation.

In 2010 Abbey was invited to Jordan to work with Stellan Lind's Roman Army and Chariot Racing Experience collecting dramatic material for the drawing 'Race of Souls'. During Abbey's trip she also had the pleasure of working with The Royal Society for the Conservation of Nature down in Wadi Rum at the Oryx Project.

In the April issue of Art of England published late in February 2010, 'Dynamic Realism - The Art of Abbey Walmsley' was featured over four pages, and succeeded in bringing 'Dynamic Realism' to the attention of many art enthusiasts, collectors and art industry professionals both in the UK and Internationally. A copy of the article can be read by clicking here.

Dynamic Realism Exhibition, Cork Street, Mayfair, London

Gallery 27 on Cork Street in Mayfair, London was the chosen location for Abbey's major solo exhibition in March 2010. The exhibition displayed original works, exclusive Artist Proof Limited Edition Archival Quality Prints and new commission-able projects. The event also promoted the organisations Abbey Walmsley Fine Art is partnered with and supported a number of philanthropic projects. The exhibition was very successful in introducing collectors to a new standard of quality within the genre of realism for original artworks. The extraordinary quality of our Archival Prints was also noted and commended.

In 2012 Abbey attended the Kambala in Moodabidri, Mangalore, India to gather material of the buffalo racing for her latest and largest artwork, 'Project Kambala – The Million Colour Painting' the production of this painting is featured on our Dynamic Realism Channel on Youtube.

Relocating back to Switzerland in 2016 we opened the Dynamik Realismus Galerie (The Gallery of Dynamic Realism) that provides a welcoming environment for collectors to view both original paintings and our Archival Limited Edition prints.

Abbey frequently travels internationally to gather new material for her projects, private commissions, solo exhibitions, private showcases and in support of various philanthropic projects. Most of Abbey's artwork is created on the basis of private commissions, and is held in private, corporate and public collections in England, France, UAE, Ireland, USA, Canada, Greece, Cyprus, Austria, Australia and Africa.

Included among Abbey Walmsley's influences are Holbein, Constable, Waterhouse, Derain, Vlaminck, Cuneo and Steven Dews.

 

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