Spotlight on Terry Jeffrey

Spotlight on Terry Jeffrey

 

Terry Jeffrey has been a professional painter in watercolour and oils since 1984.

Terry tells me that he drew and painted from a very early age and has no recollection of not doing it. When Terry took redundancy from the printing industry his hobby quickly became his profession. Prior to redundancy, Terry was selling his artwork and contributing to exhibitions in the Clacton area.  He had a lot of encouragement from the Clacton Art Club and whilst out of work and by chance stumbled on the Dedham Art Centre, which was then planning to be a working centre for potters, artists and sculptors.

Terry worked there for many years as a self-employed artist. Sales were good during the ‘Yuppie years’ and apart from continuing economic recessions have remained reasonable. Terry tells me he has no formal art training and remains unsullied by fashion, quirks and trends! 

 

About 20 years ago Terry joined forces with antique dealer Margaret Cadman, left the Art Centre and together they opened Shakespeare House Gallery.  Now Terry has two galleries: Shakespeare House Gallery Located in Dedham High Street in the heart of Constable Country which exhibits works by Terry Jeffrey and other local artists as well as greeting cards and gifts; and Mile Hill Gallery, Kelsale, opened in March 2015 and set within the garden at Terry’s home at Mile Hill Barn.

 

Terry has a studio on a mezzanine in the house and this will be open along with the gallery during Suffolk Open Studios. If the weather is fine you’ll find Terry painting outside.

Terry describes his painting as representational typographic with hints of Impressionism.  He believes that drawing skills underpin a good painting. 

Terry’s last one person show was at The John Russell Gallery a few years ago. He has exhibited at the RWS Open. Minories, Colchester Art Society, along with many other venues. He has contributed to the Artist and Illustrators magazine. Lockwood Calendars have also used his work. 

Terry undertakes commissions and his studio will be open 6th -7th June and 13th – 14th June, 2015

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