Fred Beckett is an East Anglian who has a natural love of landscape and
big skies. He started painting at an early stage and had a strong
influence from his elder brother towards art, but other advice steered him
towards a business career. In retrospect it proved to be the right path for he
was able to reserve art as a hobby.
After completing business life he naturally turned to develop his
artistic talent and is self-taught. He is at ease painting in oils or
watercolour, and whatever the subject matter. Constantly exploiting his
ability and in recent years has successfully introduced figurative aspects into
his work, as well as expanding the repertoire to include continental scenes.
Fred is influenced by impressionist techniques and he is settled with his loose
style to bring a freshness to his work.
Fred is an Honorary Artist Member of The Royal Institute of Painters in
Watercolours, an Honorary Member of The Royal Society of British Artists and
Honorary Member of East Anglian Group of Marine Artists. A member of the
renowned Wapping Group of Artists and a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of
He exhibits regularly at the Mall Galleries in London and was the 1995
winner of the ROI Alan Gourley Memorial Prize for an outstanding painter and
was awarded the Le Clerc Fowle gold medal in 2002. In 2006 he was awarded
the Dartington Crystal Chalice for outstanding contribution and service to the
Royal Institute of Oil Painters. His work has been shown at many
galleries in London and the Provinces. In the past ten years he has
successfully held six solo exhibitions.
Many of his paintings are in private collections in USA, Canada, Italy,
Germany, Japan and Australia as well as this country