Colin Allbrook RI RSMA HSEA


Colin Allbrook has been dedicated to art since leaving school, initially working in a London studio while attending St. Martin's School of Art. By 21, he was a freelance artist, specialising in watercolours and oils. His work often depicts the rural life of the West Country, including farms, markets, coastlines, and harbours. Colin paints both in the studio and en plein air, capturing scenes directly from nature, often in all weather conditions, though he prefers sunny days.

His art captures fleeting moments, such as sunlight casting shadows in a barn or illuminating fishing gear on a beach. He is fascinated by how light transforms everyday scenes into spectacular displays, highlighting human interaction with the landscape. His paintings vividly depict the contemporary life of a landscape farmed for centuries, blending traditional and modern elements.

An elected member of the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolour, the Royal Society of Marine Artists, and the Society of Equestrian Artists, Colin has received numerous accolades, including the Turner Medal from the RI, the Rowland Hilder Landscape Award, the Cuneo Medal (twice) from the SEA, and several awards from the Royal West of England Academy. His paintings are cherished in private collections worldwide.

Residing in Umberleigh, above the River Taw, Colin has called this place home for nearly four decades, sharing it with his wife, their three children, and four grandchildren.