Alwyn Crawshaw was born at Mirfield, Yorkshire and studied at Hastings School of Art. He now lives i
n Mundesley, Norfolk, with his wife June. Alwyn works in watercolour, oils and acrylics. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a member of the Society of Equestrian Artists, the British Watercolour Society, President of the National Acrylic Painters Association, Founder of the Society of Amateur Artists, Honorary Member of the United Society of Artists and a member of the Institute of East Anglian Artists.
Alwyn has written 28 books for Harper Collins. One of his books, “A Brush with Art”, was in the best sellers list for 9 weeks, this has never been achieved before with an art instructional book. His latest book “June and Alwyn Crawshaw, Their Life, Their Paintings” was published in 2009.
Alwyn has made eight television series (68 half-hour programmes), all have been screened by Channel 4, some by the BBC, the Learning Channel and the Travel Channel, and are shown worldwide.
Alwyn has appeared on various radio and television programmes, including the Gay Burne Radio Show in Eire, BBC Television’s “Pebble Mill at One”, “Daytime Live” and “Spotlight South West”. He has also made six very successful teaching videos on painting and was named in “The Top Ten Best Teachers on Video in America”.
Alwyn has exhibited at the Royal Society of British Artists in London. He has won the prize for the best watercolour at the Society of Equestrian Artists Annual Exhibition on five occasions. In 1999 and again in 2001, he held a very successful major exhibition with his wife June, in Tokyo, Japan.
His work has been favourably reviewed by critics. “The Telegraph Weekend Magazine” reported him to be ‘a landscape painter of considerable expertise’ and “the Artist’s and Illustrator’s Magazine” described him as ‘outspoken about the importance of maintaining traditional values of art’. Alwyn is listed in the current edition of “Who’s Who in Art”, and the Marquis “Who’s Who in the World”.