Lake Artists Society A society of fine artists based in the English Lake District.
 Ralph Wardle, elected to the Society 2007

Examples of work - click images to enlarge

Ralph Wardle was born at Skellow, Doncaster, South Yorkshire, May 17th 1939. He commenced art training in 1955 at Doncaster College of Art, followed in 1956 by Special Art Exhibition under Maurice de Sausmerez, Head of Fine Art, University of Leeds. In 1956 he was Sunday Pictorial National Exhibition of Children's Art First Prize Winner, 1956 University of London Slade School, studying etching under Anthony Gross. In 1960 he was awarded London University Diploma in Fine Art, followed by a Robert Ross scholarship from Slade School.
From 1960-1989 he taught Art in secondary schools and Adult Education Classes.

  • 1956 Arts Review Front Cover Lead Article
  • 1989 Royal Academy Illustrated
  • 2006 National Society of Painters, Sculptors and print makers. Associate member Oct 2006.
  • 2007 Judge for the South Yorkshire Open Exhibition, Cooper Gallery, Barnsley.

    One Man Exhibitions
  • 1975 Doncaster Museum and Art Gallery organised with the support of the Yorkshire Arts Association.
  • 2006 Cooper Gallery, Barnsley - woodcuts - landscapes (corridor area)
  • 2006 Cooper Gallery, Barnsley - Contemporary Lino and Woodcuts from 3 Printmakers: Phillip Elliston, Graham Firth, Ralph Wardle
  • 2008 The New English Art Club Federation of British Artists, Mall Gallery, London
  • 2009 By Invitation, Lowes Court Gallery, Print Exhibition, Egremont
  • 2010 The Lake Artists Summer Exhibition, Grasmere Hall,Cumbria
  • 2011 The Lake Artists Summer Exhibition, Grasmere Hall,Cumbria
  • 2011 Artists Making Prints Bite, Contemporary Printmaking Exhibition Federation of British Artists, Mall Galleries, London
  • 2011 High Cup Winery Art At the Winery 3rd Summer Exhibition, Appleby-in-Westmorland, Cumbria
  • 2013 The Lake Artists Summer Exhibition, Grasmere Hall,Cumbria
"I draw my inspiration from the landscape around me. Woodcuts to me are a challenging and exciting form of observation. I avoid too much re-working and let my reaction to the things I see dictate the final image" - Ralph Wardle 2007
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