Born in 1957, Ian Hargreaves studied Technical Graphics at Bournemouth Art College before deciding that fine art was his natural outlet. He set out across Europe, recording his travels in watercolour and falling in love with Italy – something that would influence his work many years later.
Ian lived the Bohemian life in the early eighties, earning his keep by painting portraits in London and Palermo, before moving to North Germany in 1985 to paint and raise a family. Solo exhibitions include Gallery Mensch, Hamburg (1988 and 1990), Kunst im Salon, Dusseldorf (1989), Gallery Seywald, Salzburg (2006 and 2007). His work has also been purchased for many public collections.
Ian moved back to England in January 2008 and has been exhibiting in England, USA, and Germany. He has shown with the RSMA, ROI, and RBA at the Mall Galleries, as well as the Royal Academy “Summer Exhibition”. In 2014 Ian’s work was chosen for the ‘Lynn-Painter-Stainers’ prize show in London. Ian won the prestigious Artist Of The Year Prize at the Mall Galleries in 2016.