Following University, Gledhill attended adult education classes in drawing and painting and built a portfolio of work that enabled him to enroll on a postgraduate Painting Masters at the Royal Academy. The rigorous and intensive practice of the RA cemented in him a valuable life-long working ethic.
Gledhill’s oil paintings are large-scale and unique; bold colours, strong outlines, skewed perspectives, often with people and buildings featuring prominently. His work is widely recognised and collected privately and by museums alike. Last year, ‘The Last Elephant’ painting (last of a triptych) was successfully sold at an auction to raise funds for the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust. A print of it is in the permanent collection of the V&A.
Back in April, the closure of Clink St Studios, where Gledhill worked for many years coincided with the launch of Kindred Studios, which is located close to the artist’s home. Influenced by the openness of its creative community, Gledhill is currently producing a body of work featuring the many makers inside the studios.
“The wide range of things going on inside the building, each discipline with its own way of working is very interesting to me.”
In addition to providing low cost maker-spaces, we offer workshops to local schools as well as working with organisations like Age UK and the Dalgarno Trust. We also run scheduled AS/A level school tours with a talk from makers from each discipline, lasting about 1 hour.
If you would like to bring your students, please email us!
Angelique & Jaime
120 new studios spaces available at our new site in Queens Park, please click on the link above for more info and to apply online.