Rupert Cordeux was born in 1966 and from an early age he and his two brothers were encouraged by their parents to draw, so that for the three of them, it was just a natural extension of playing. Rupert’s late father, an engineer by profession but also a gifted artist, recognised that his son had a special talent for drawing and so he helped him to develop it further until he went to art school. Rupert’s Foundation studies were completed in Coventry but he graduated in Fine Printmaking at Wolverhampton Polytechnic School of Art.
There followed a long period of very tedious, casual work interspersed with unemployment but Rupert continued to draw and to experiment with watercolour painting for the first time. This decidedly amateur period of his career came to an abrupt end when, encouraged by his mother, he entered and then to his amazement won Channel 4′s Watercolour Challenge series in 2000. From then on Rupert began to work as a professional artist should, entering competitions, arranging exhibitions and demonstrating watercolour techniques to Art Societies all over the Midlands. In 2010, Rupert was elected as an Associate Member of the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists.
Rupert paints where he finds strong and unusual shapes which means he is equally happy to be studying a wrecked fighter jet as he is to be painting at night in a country church or to be drawing a fishing boat in Norfolk. Rupert thinks that strong draughtsmanship underpins most of his work and because he lacked the vivid imagination or reliable memory which many other artists are blessed with, he almost always paints directly from the subject. Rupert never tries to paint pictures he thinks people would be most likely to buy. Instead, he adopts the financially less secure approach of painting to please himself first. He accepts any resulting hardships as to be entirely of his own making but he also delights in the successes when they come along.
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