AboutMillard and Lancaster is pleased to welcome Erni Upton, with this month long exhibition which runs throughout November. Although Erni now lives in North Shropshire, he is a proud Scot who was born in Ayrshire in 1936 and has been painting since childhood.
Following an education at Ayr Grammar & Ayr Academy, much of his youth was spent with the fisherfolk of West Scotland and their boats and he still cruises these waters each year.
He trained at Glasgow School of Art, where he studied under David Donaldson (1916-1996. Painter and Limner to Her Majesty the Queen in Scotland), Mathieson and Robertson. Erni's work reflects their influences and also those of the Scottish colourists who like him, spent much time in the extraordinary light and colours of the West Coast. Painting in this tradition, he works with oils on canvas, using both brush and knife.
In 1985, after many years in banking, he returned to art and design when he established an interior design company in Shrewsbury.
He continued to work in oils, mainly commissions for corporate and private clients, but it was not until 1999, when the company was sold, that more time became available for painting.
His work is successfully shown in many galleries in England, Scotland and abroad, most recently in Istanbul, where he was invited, as a result of commission work, to have a solo exhibition at the British Embassy, and a subsequent solo at one of the premier galleries in the city.
He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society for Arts, London, in November 2004.