Local Artist Cavan Corrigan exhibits at Artworx Gallery

Cavan Corrigan is a well-loved and precious local artist to Artworx Gallery. Cavan is known throughout Europe for his landscapes and urban portraits. He is able to capture the mood of scenes he has visited by using his knowledge of colour and movement. Not only is Cavan a talented artist, but a gifted teacher and nurturer of the arts.

Piccadilly Circus by Cavan Corrigan

Piccadilly Circus by Cavan Corrigan

Cavan Corrigan was born in Barnard Castle, a small market town in north-east England, and from an early age, his principal interests were drawing and painting. After going to the Saturday matinees at the local cinema, he would go home and draw the action scenes of the cowboys and horses that he had just seen on the screen. By the age of seven, he was sent by his parents to the local art school. His teacher was Douglas Pittuck, a renowned artist with paintings in the Queen’s collection.

Under Pittucks’s tutelage, Corrigan learned draftsmanship and perspective.  He continued to study with Pittuck until the age of eighteen, when he entered the Fine Art school at Durham University.  Here Corrigan excelled in life drawing, and figures have remained a vital part of his work ever since.

Earning an honors degree in Fine Art, Corrigan moved in 1964 to the midlands to take up an Art lecturing post.  He married and had a son, and together they vacationed frequently in Spain and France, where he found inspiration in both countries, particularly the gypsy festivals of the Camargue in southern France. During joined a local family circus, and held exhibitions under the Big Top, painting clowns, tightrope walkers, acrobats, and other circus performers.

Piccadilly Circus (Detail) by Cavan Corrigan

Piccadilly Circus (Detail) by Cavan Corrigan

Initially working in portraiture with charcoal and a sketchpad around the tables of a busy theatrical restaurant in Birmingham, he sold his paintings right off the walls. This period of his life lasted for eight years, receiving major commissions for portraits of entertainment celebrities in the UK.  He also completed  larger commissions in the form of murals for bars, restaurants, hotels and stately homes.

Casablanca by Cavan Corrigan

Casablanca by Cavan Corrigan

A variety of influences have shaped his work, including the drama of post-war films, the circus, the stage, the cities and landscapes of Europe, the spontaneity of the Impressionists, the action of the Camargue…. ideas mix and blend.  He finds that inspiration is everywhere, even in the drollness of everyday life there is something quirky or humorous worth capturing.

He as been an art lecturer for over 17 years and delivers many demonstrations to Art Societies, mainly in the Midlands. His passion is painting, and he is able to do this full-time. He enjoys mentoring and feels it his duty to share his wealth of knowledge. Cavan’s work has been exhibited and sold worldwide, including the United States, Europe and China.

Mr Jingle by Cavan Corrigan

Mr Jingle by Cavan Corrigan

Mr Sparkle by Cavan Corrigan

Mr Sparkle by Cavan Corrigan

Mr Twinkle by Cavan Corrigan

Mr Twinkle by Cavan Corrigan

Cavan Corrigan is available for commissions offering a wealth of knowledge, experience and expertise. For more information about Cavan Corrigan and his work visit:

Cavan Corrigan at Artworx Gallery

Alternatively call 01543 502971 or email info@artworx.co.uk
Artworx Gallery, Cedars Business Park, Avon Road, Cannock, Staffordshire WS11 1QJ.

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