First Friday Coming Programs



Friday, 7 December 2018

Special unique arts performance ‘Watercolour-Words and Music’ for your arts society occassions

GRANVILLE ‘DANNY’ CLARKE F.R.S.A. Following a lifetime in the art GDC has become Britain’s unique Renaissance man of the Arts as an Arts performer, TV artist, internationally known watercolour artist, published poet ,respected songwriter listed in who’s who in the arts Millers Art Guide 2004 as a collectable artist valued @ £1.800 £2,500 guide price. The international Biographical Dictionary and an elected fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts.

Danny offers a Special unique arts performance ‘Watercolour – Words and Music’ for your arts society occassions. This entertaining event is ideal for your Christmas party, celebration or as a fund raiser, as it is suitable for all audiences whether they are artists or not. Please enquire for more information.

Background He has been a professional Artist since his first one man exhibition in 1977 at the Galeria Gallery Malden Essex and opened by the then renowned London bookseller Christina Foyle.

That successful sell out exhibition encouraged him to open his own Gallery on home territory in the Picturesque village of Cawthorne at his then home North Lodge in Cannon hall Country Park, South Yorkshire.

Drawing since Childhood and with ambition to be an artist, in the Mining town of Cudworth, near Barnsley, the compromise of earning a living and trying to become an artist was by becoming an apprentice signwriter craftsman by day for various decorating companies and attending Barnsley College of Art on day release and evenings gaining his first class Honours qualification in the decorative arts with the City Guilds of examinations board London.

Qualifying as a Teacher but with few opportunities available he accepted an offer to become a window dresser for Kyle wallpapers managing five outlets in the Midlands for 12 months, before returning north, where he met up with a fellow folk singer to form the Foggy DewO (see Website for Foggy dewO story). GDC’s art imput was then designated to designing posters and Decca Record album covers for the successful duo alongside continuing to write his poetry and create songs.

In the 1980’s he developed his passion for snowscenes and became the countries top selling artist of those works through his association with Micheal Stewart Fine Art galleries who promoted him nationally. From 1984 onwards he was invited by P & O cruises to pioneer art on Cruise ships which he did intermittently and successfully until 2001 becoming the only artist to paint around the world in 90 days in 1990/91 and linked an exhibition of the works with BBC’s radio Two arts 2 hour program and sight savers donating works for operations in Bombay India.

His national Television break came in 1998 when he was asked by Channel four TV to become the first art expert and commentator for the successful daytime series ‘Watercolour Challenge’, assisting in its format and appearing on 36 programmes to a 2 million viewing audience.


Many opportunities followed his dynamic appearances with art societies around the country packed out to see his demonstrations and one man art performances drawing audiences of 200 to 800. He achieved a significant world first ambition to paint to music in 2006 when ‘Visuali Vivaldi’ was achieved with an 18 piece orchestra at the Knaresborough festival, completing paintings ‘The 4 Seasons’ in harmony with the composition and reading the sonnets to an enthralled 800 attending audience.

His work was selected for the prestigious Royal Society of British artists and the Laing exhibitions at the Mall galleries London in 2000 and 2001. Marlborough College engaged him as main art tutor for their summer school for 8 years in 2001 and he demonstrated products for art material companies such as Winsor Newton, Art express and ProArte. He hosted many art weekends including ‘Footstep of Turners’ in Wensleydale, Yorkshire (1996). ‘Green strokes’ a brush with the past (1992) and ‘Clarke Colours the Turner trail ‘ (1997). He also hosted a 13 week complete art course for seasons art company covering all paint media in 2014.

He is always creating new dynamic workshop courses for art societies covering the realistic, impressionism and abstract with his large fluid quick effective style in watercolour, acrylic, pen and wash drawing and his recent supernova approach to painting the planets developed from interpreting Gustav Holsts planets suites in Live performance.

His background and experience are all encapsulated in his one man performance ‘Watercolour –words and Music’ which is entertaining, humorous and informative. Ideal for art societies special occasion /presentation evenings or end of season Christmas celebration.



1st of February 2019

Paul Alcock – Woodlands – Oil



In 2012 I was shortlisted for the Artist and Illustrators magazines Artist of the year competition in the portrait category.   In this year I was also selected by the BBC to be one of a group of artists chosen to paint live during their coverage of the Queens Diamond Jubilee River Pageant.

In 2011 I won an award for best work in the exhibition at the Essex Open Exhibition held at the Beacroft Gallery in Westcliff on sea.

I have successfully completed several commissions and my work hangs in a number of private collections. I live and paint in Southend on Sea where I also work as an art teacher teaching adults.  In the mid 1980s I trained at Southend Art College and Camberwell art school and gained a BA Hons in Fine Art – Painting.

Painting I particularly enjoy contrasts of light, shape, colour and texture and I like to explore the pictorial possibilities within familiar everyday subjects, such as people absorbed in the ebb and flow of life and familiar objects and places or places that hold some other type of connection. I also enjoy exploring form and colour through landscapes and still lives and I look upon painting and drawing as a celebration of life.

Commissions As well as producing a body of work of my own choosing I enjoy working to commission and have over the last year completed a three painting landscape commission for the newly build Brentwood Resource Centre at Highwood Hospital, Brentwood as well as several pavement drawings commissions.

Teaching I teach a wide range of painting and drawing classes which I run myself.  I also teach courses for Southend, and Essex Adult community college’s and Arts and Health courses for Open Arts – South Essex NHS University Partnership Trust.    I also run workshops and painting demonstrations for various art groups in Essex.

Exhibitions I exhibit locally at the Leigh art trail and the Rochford Art trail.

I am available for demonstration and workshops within a 130 mile radius of Southend on Sea.

For more examples of my painting please visit my website