London Fine Art Studios | Our Team

Ann WITHERIDGE

FOUNDER

 

Ann studied Art History at Christ’s College, Cambridge before moving to Italy to study art full-time. She has been teaching drawing and painting in the atelier tradition for over 25 years; first at Charles H. Cecil Studios, and now at London Fine Art Studios. Ann frequently holds workshops across the UK and abroad, and writes articles for art periodicals.

 

www.annwitheridge.com

SCOTT POHLSCHMIDT

TUTOR & DIRECTOR OF LHC

 

Scott studied Liberal Arts & Science with a focus on Art and History of Art at DePaul University. Scott has taught and run art studios for over twenty years. He worked with Charles Cecil in Florence for nearly ten years before moving to London to co-found LFAS. He is now focuses on the studios’ art shop, Lavender Hill Colours, and runs the sculpture programme.

www.scottpohlschmidt.com

Shirley Chi

HEAD OF ADMISSIONS

 

Shirley studied Illustration and Museology at UAL and Newcastle University before working at the London Fine Art Studios. She at the same time, continues developing her own painting and clay making, with a particular interest in animal and character design. Main research focus on memory, identity and love.

www.shirleychiart.com

Instagram: @shirleychiart

Helena Boase

MARKETING MANAGER

 

Helena studied Art History and Medieval History at St Andrews University, before undergoing classical atelier training at London Fine Art Studios where she now works alongside her own practice. As part of her role, she coordinates our residency and scholarship programmes.

 

 

www.helenaboase.com

Instagram: @helenaboaseartist

CLARE WITHERIDGE

DIRECTOR

 

Clare studied French & Italian at Durham University. She spent more than 20 years working in marketing, during which time she was the marketing director at Lacoste UK. She has joined London Fine Art Studios to develop collaborations with other companies who have the same vision as LFAS and to bring fine art to a wider audience.

 

 

JILL HOOPER

INTERNATIONAL ARTIST

IN RESIDENCE 

Jill has been the recipient of the International Artist in Residence Award in 2019, 2020, 2021, and 2022. She has apprenticed with artists both in Italy and the US and is currently Professor of drawing at the American College of the Building Arts for 7 years.  Jill is also working on a mural for the St. John Eye Hospital in Jerusalem with the Order of St. John.

JONI DUARTE

SENIOR TUTOR

 

Joni Hirata Duarte, began his studies in art at Lisbon Art University and completed his MA at City & Guilds London Art School in 2012. He is now Senior Tutor at London Fine Art Studios and continues to work as an independent artist, receiving commissions and leading workshops at home and abroad.

 

 

www.joniduarte.co.uk

Mark Chen

SENIOR TUTOR

 

Mark started studying at the studios in 2013, and now tutors with us. He has, combined, 17 years of training in drawing and painting in London, Taiwan, and Russia. He mainly works in oil and charcoal, with a keen interested in painting people. His self portrait recently exhibited with the Royal Society of Portrait Painters in Mall Galleries, summer 2022.

 

Instagram: @markchenart

NNEKA UZOIGWE

SENIOR TUTOR

 

Nneka has been training at London Fine Art Studios since 2015 and now works as a full-time artist, taking on commissions. She was awarded the De Laszlo Scholarship over three terms and has exhibited with the Royal Society of Portrait Painters and Society of Women Artists at the Mall Galleries. She continues to develop her work with a particular interest in flora.

 

www.nnekauzoigwe.com

JACK FORD

TUTOR 

 

Jack Ford studied at the Arts University Bournemouth before studying under Charles Cecil in Florence, a city he returns to teach regularly. Painting largely in oils or drawing with charcoal, Jack works from life to capture the ever changing variation of nature. He teaches portraiture, figure painting and drawing as well as Cast. 

 

 

 

www.jackfordartist.com

CRISTINA VERCESI

TUTOR

 

Cristina joined the Studios in 2017 where she developed a deeper understanding of the figurative art and awarded the De Laszlo Scholarship. She is inspired by Verism and Scapigliatura which developed in Italy at the end of the 19th century. Amongst her favourite artists are Cremona, Mancini and Favretto. She is also an avid art book collector, always looking to acquire new titles.

 

Instagram: @cristina_vercesi

TOBY GAWLER

TUTOR 

 

After completing a Fine Art Degree at the University of Sydney, Toby has had a successful career in the tattoo industry since 2009. He began studying at LFAS in late 2020. He was awarded the De Lazlo Foundation‘s Young Artist Award at the G&S summer exhibition, as well as exhibiting with the New English Art Club in 2023, Royal British Artists in 2022 and the Royal Society of Oil Painters in 2021.

Maddy G

maddy gyselynck

TUTOR

 

With a background in financial services, Maddy now teaches around her own practice. She primarily works in oil and charcoal, as well as bronze and ceramics. Maddy is passionate about communicating her love for the key elements of the great traditions of Western art – Classicism, Realism, and Impressionism –  and believes that anyone can learn to draw, paint and sculpt from life.

 

DOMINO ROE

TUTOR

 

Domino began studying at the studios in 2019, and has quickly risen to now tutor alongside her studies. Awarded the De Laszlo scholarship for several terms, Domino focuses largely on the human figure and cast drawing. Using the fundamental skills learnt whilst studying here, she has recently been expanding her skillset with graffiti. 

 

 

 

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