Paul Hedley was born in 1947 in Chatham, Kent. He attended Medway College of Art from 1966 – 1968 and then Maidstone College of Art from 1968 – 1971 where he was awarded a Diploma in Art and Design. Hedley has been a full time painter since 1976 and is married to the artist Dianne Flynn.
Hedley is a technically gifted painter and draughtsman. His paintings and drawings show a fine skill, particularly in producing figurative studies of enduring compositions. He is particularly skilled in depicting the female form. He successfully captures a fleeting moment of time with fine brushwork, highlighting the ambiance of each setting.
Hedley creates numerous preliminary sketches before he starts working on his final composition. This process then eventually leads to the application of tone and colour. His drawings are produced in a ‘classical’ manner on a toned ground in chalks, often combined with watercolour and gouache.
Hedley’s paintings and drawings are in the art collections of the London Borough of Camden and the Queen Mary College. His work has been exhibited at the Royal Society of British Artists, the New English Art Club, the Royal Institute of Oil Painters, the South West Academy of Arts and many commercial galleries both in England and abroad.
Dianne Flynn was born in 1939 in Huddersfield, England. She attended art schools in Huddersfield and Batley before going on to Manchester School of Art in 1970. She graduated three years later with a Diploma in Art and Design.
In 1974 she obtained an Art Teachers Certificate from Leeds Polytechnic Institute. Following her studies Flynn left for France, living and painting in the Languedoc with fellow artist, Paul Hedley. Settling in London in 1975 she established a studio and divided her time between painting, exhibiting and teaching. Her skills brought her to the attention of George Rowney & Co. who employed her for several years as a demonstrator of oil, watercolour, acrylic and pastel techniques.
In 1976 Dianne Flynn married Paul Hedley and her book, ‘Portrait Drawing Techniques’ was published by Batsford.
Flynn’s work now covers a broad range, but she first achieved success as a portrait painter. Her technique and vibrant compositions invoke a sense of excitement in her work. She now lives in the south of England and has exhibited at The Royal Society of Portrait Painters , The Royal Overseas League & The Pastel Society andgalleri