Artist Patrick Woodroffe Born in Halifax, Yorkshire, U.K. 1940. World War II was already giving my parents nightmares, reality just as stressful, but I was too young to be aware of it, my dreams already in bright colours. My mother tongue is English, but there are web-site texts in French and German because I had a language degree at Leeds University in 1964. I was taught neither painting nor writing, and although I worked as a schoolmaster for eight years, my paintbrush and my typewriter already active, I became a professional creator of Text & Images in 1972. I have had about 17 projects of my own, 11 of them already realised. I have lived in CORNWALL since 1964. Patrick was a familiar figure around Falmouth and great friend of the gallery. His spectacularly detailed paintings and drawings are known internationally and have a cult following in Europe. In the 70s and 80s he illustrated the covers of over 100 science fiction and fantasy books as well as designing album covers for bands such as Judas Priest and Pallas. The mythical landscapes and fantastical creatures he created, including Snarks, Squitlings and the Fruminous Bandersnatch, are sure to captivate visitors of all ages. Source: #art #painting #surrealism #contemporary