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 twenty 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

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.

 

Shirley Chi

HEAD OF ADMISSIONS

 

Shirley studied Illustration and Museology at University of Arts London 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 childhood memory, family and identity.

Instagram: @chishirshir

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 and studies. Helena is inspired by the beautiful colours of Rococo and Impressionist artists, as well as the wonderful expression of the likes of Van Gogh and Gauguin.

Instagram: @helenaboaseartist

SCOTT POHLSCHMIDT

SENIOR 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 London Fine Art Studios. He is now focuses on the studios’ art shop, Lavender Hill Colours, and runs the sculpture programme.

www.scottpohlschmidt.com

 

JILL HOPPER

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.

 

www.jillhooperfineart.com

 

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

 

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

 

ANNAM BUTT

TUTOR

 

Annam began training at the studios in late 2017 and is now a tutor. She was awarded the De Laszlo Scholarship for three terms and has a keen interest in contemporary still life, sometimes incorporating taxidermy and macabre objects pushing the narrative of her paintings. She is also draws great inspiration from the Orientalists for her figurative work. 

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

Mark Chen

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

TOBY GAWLER

TUTOR 

 

After completing a Fine Art Degree at the University of Sydney, Toby became disillusioned with ‘contemporary art’, and has had a successful career in the tattoo industry for the past 13 years. He began studying at LFAS in late 2020. He was recently awarded the De Lazlo Foundation‘s Young Artist Award at the Green & Stone summer exhibition, as well as exhibiting with the Royal British Artists in 2022 and the Royal Society of Oil Painters in 2021.

www.tobygawler.com

maddy gyselynck

TUTOR

 

In 2020, Maddy left her career in financial services in order to pursue art full time at London Fine Art Studios, where she now teaches around her own practice. She is inspired by the likes of Caravaggio, Turner and Constable, and she primarily works in oil, charcoal and pencil. Maddy is also increasingly working in three dimensions in bronze & ceramics and painting landscapes ‘en plein air’. 

 

www.maddygyselynck.com

ASPEN WHITEHEAD

TUTOR

 

Aspen has been studying, modelling, and teaching at the Studios since 2017. Inspired by Waterhouse and Burn Jones, their practice focuses on figurative art and portraiture. ‘Contemporary with a twist’, Aspen’s work is very much inspired by classical portrait but with a distinct and unique flavour. They are particularly interested in romantic narratives, and hopes to explore more mythological themes in future work.

Instagram: @aspenaren

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. 

 

Instagram: @aarthen

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