Ian is a professional Artist based in Essex. Drawing has always been a part of his life, partly influenced by his Grandfather and Great Grandfather Charles Burchett Davis (and his brother - George Burchett aka "King of Tattooist"), all of whom were also professional artists.
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Ian started work as a draughtsman in 1979; when drawings were completed on a drawing board and not on computers. His career has always involved drawing and in 1999 he took the plunge and became a self-employed artist. It was in that year he had his first cartoons published in a London newspaper. Initially his work mainly involved drawing caricatures (commissions for gifts, service rewards and various publications/web sites. Later Ian added to this by doing "Live Caricature Entertainment" at weddings, parties, corporate events and the like).
In about 2009 Ian started to focus on improving his watercolours and in 2016 started his regular watercolour workshops and doing watercolour painting demonstrations at Art Groups/Societies etc. - somewhat halted due to Covid !
Ian's "Lost and Found" approach to designing watercolours has similarities to lino, woodblock and collography prints. It was whilst experimenting with making "plates" for these prints and the appeal of their 3D that ignited the idea for making wooden wall art. It seemed a natural progression as he has worked with wood for many years (fitting out a 42' narrowboat shell in 2007 is one example). Combining with learnt design skills he is producing some very unique and popular artwork. Furthermore Ian makes these using reclaimed/recycled wood. This can be old furniture or even delivery palettes.
Other interests involve Tai Chi, Cycling, Boating, Music. He also enjoys doing DIY projects; like building a folly in the garden, a "Wishing Well" plus a set of near full size lock gates as a feature for his pond ! He also built his Art Studio.
During the Covid 19 lockdown Ian decided to continue a project he started in the early 2000's where he drew caricatures of famous artists then renderded the image using their own technique. This artwork has been collated and put into a book called "Caricatures of Famous Artists - Rendered in their own style" and it is available on Amazon