Binny Matthews was born in Dorset in 1960. She received her artistic training at Bournemouth College of Art and Farnham School of Art. She undertook her postgraduate education at Brighton. Binny has exhibited her paintings since 1980, with her first solo exhibition being held in 1982. During the late eighties and early nineties she was artist in residence at Oakham School. She has taught at the London College of Printing, Heatherley School of Fine Art, Kingston Polytechnic, Farnham and Glasgow Schools of Art.
In 1989 she won the Elizabeth Greenshield Foundation Award for figurative painting and in 2006 was made an associate member of the Royal Society of Portrait Painters. Binny has contributed to numerous television and radio interviews, including a series on ‘The Big Breakfast’ teaching the TV presenter Paula Yates to paint, as well as ‘Stair Portraits’ and ‘In the Psychiatrist’s Chair’.
Since 1981 Binny has been represented annually in West End galleries including The National Portrait Gallery, The Royal Society of Portrait Painters, The Mall Galleries and The Royal Academy Summer Exhibition. Henry Wyndham Fine Art, Cadogan Contemporary and The Chelsea Arts Club held Binny’s recent solo shows. Her paintings can be found in the collections of London’s American Embassy, The National Trust, HRH The Prince of Wales, British Gas, Carpenters Hall, Seagram not to mention others throughout the UK, Europe, China and the USA.
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