Erni Upton is a Scottish artist, born in Ayrshire in1936; he has been painting since childhood. Schooled at Ayr Grammar & Ayr Academy, much of his youth was spent with his fisher folk of West Scotland & their boats, he still cruises these waters each year.
Erni Upton trained at Glasgow School of Art, where he studied under Donaldson, Mathieson & Robertson. His work reflects their influences & those of the Scottish colourists who like him, spent much time in the wonderful light & colours of the West Coast. Painting in this tradition, he works with oils on canvas using brush & knife.
In 1985, after many years in banking, Erni Upton returned to Art & Design where e established an interior design company in Shrewsbury, Shropshire. He continued to work in oils, mainly commissions for corporate & private clients, but it was not until 1999, when the company was sold, that more time became available for painting.
The work of Erni Upton is successfully shown in many galleries in England, Scotland and abroad, most recently in Istanbul, where he was invited to have a solo exhibition at the British Embassy and a subsequent solo at one of the premier galleries in the city.
Erni Upton was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society for Arts, London, in November 2004
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