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Name: Roy Munday
THOUGH I enjoyed art at school, it wasn’t until later in life that I decided to devote myself to it fully. This meant making many sacrifices in mine and my family’s life.
After much effort, it allowed me to obtain a degree in fine art at John Moores University in 2004. I was fortunate enough to win a further year at the university by being awarded the John Moores drawing prize.
This allowed me to set up my first studio in Liverpool. During this time, I began to paint scenes of Liverpool, especially of the Albert Dock and the River Mersey. This brought a number of commissions from local companies, including the Liverpool Post and Echo and also John Moores University.
In 2006, I relocated my studio to Haskayne where I continued to work on commissions.
During this time, I was asked to run art classes for Sefton Arts, and much of my week is now taken up with teaching adult groups and running life drawing workshops.
From this small beginning, the Sefton Art Group, which I run, emerged and is now one of the biggest art groups on Merseyside.
Classes are held throughout the local area and include an active exhibition calendar and social events.
In my own work, I continually seek to take my painting forward, especially the painting technique, as I try to find a new way of expressing my chosen subjects, which range from still-life through to figurative work. Oils are my chosen medium as it allows me to exploit a full range of techniques in a way that no other painting medium does.
For further information on Roy’s classes, visit www.art classes-merseyside.co.uk, or see more on the artist’s own website, www.paintingsofliverpool.com