Paul Banning RI RSMA
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Paul was born in Trinidad in 1934, educated at Clifton College, Bristol, and the West of England College of Art, gaining NDD Honours in furniture Design.  He served two years national service obtaining a commission in the army and subsequently became a furniture designer in industry. 

Redundancy in1986 gave him the opportunity to start a new career in painting.  Using his design skills, and the basic training at Art School in drawing taught by Victor Passmore RA., he studied the great water colour masters of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, and learned the masterly skills of water colour painting. 

He is mainly a Plein Air painter, and loves the challenge of painting direct from the subject whenever possible. He travels extensively and is constantly looking for interesting subject matter, whether it  be from a sailing barge in Holland, or in the streets of a dirty old market in India, Egypt, Dubai, or the hot desert sands of Jordan or on the low water shores of the river Thames, or the tranquil country lanes of Hampshire.
He is President of the Wokingham Art Society.

Other Awards:
Freshfields Prize at the RWS C21 Exhibition 2000
Llewellyn Alexander Award RI 2002
Society Painting prize, Armed Forces Art Society 2005
Chelsea Art Society Painting prize  2004
Armed Forces Art Society Exhibition ,best picture
 depicting an Army subject. 2007
St Cuthbert's Watercolour award at RSMA 2008
The Turner Watercolour Award 2011

Membership of  Societies:
Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours
Royal Society of Marine Artists.
Wapping Group of Artists.
Chelsea Art Society.
Armed Forces Art Society
Associate Member of Farnham Art Society

The Turner Watercolour Award
March 2011

In March 2011 Paul was awarded the The Turner Watercolour Award which is for an outstanding group of paintings by a member of The Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolour, and the receiver is given a  cheque, and bronze medal facsimile of the Gold medal originally presented biannually at the Royal Academy of Arts exhibition, and originally sponsored by Turner himself.

Today the award is given by the Turner bequest and divided equally between the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours, and the Royal Watercolour Society, where it is judged by the President and Vice President of each Society, together with the great great great niece of Turner. Previous winners have been, Leonard McComb RA and Leslie Worth OBE NEAC RWS

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