about the artist

Gary Drostle - art for landscape & architecture
TEL: +44 (0)771 952 9520 – EMAIL: gary@drostle.com

Drostle

Gary was born in Woolwich, in South East London and studied fine art at Camberwell, St Martins and Hornsey Colleges of Art. He also studied for a short while in Italy at the Carrara School of Marble Sculpture.

Soon after leaving art college in 1985 he began working as a mural artist. Gary served on the executive of Haringey Arts Council for two years and has worked closely with many different community groups.

In his artwork Gary is interested in figure compositions and the chiaroscuro technique, (painting in black and white) He also has an interest in community languages, particularly calligraphy, and has studied Arabic and Chinese.

Gary began work painting murals in hospitals for two years after which he became a founding member of Haringey Mural Workshop. When the mural workshop disbanded in 1989 Gary started Wallscapes, initially working in collaboration with Belfast artist Ruth Priestly.

Gary was joined by Rob Turner in 1990.

Rob and Gary worked in collaboration as Wallscapes for over ten years, producing numerous successful public art projects across the UK. In 2001 Rob and Gary decided we needed to go our own ways in order to explore and develop further their own work.

Gary now works from a studio in Woolwich in south east London, producing murals and mosaic works. In the last few years he has gained international recognition for his mosaics completing major commissions in Bedford, Lytham St Annes, TFL - Transport for London, Chester, Iowa and Washington DC and giving keynote speeches at the London conference of British mosaic makers and the San Francisco, Pheonix, San Diego, Austin and Chicago conferences of American mosaic makers. In 2005 Gary was elected President of the British Association of Modern Mosaic and Chairman in 2009.

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