Paintings and prints by Northumbrian Artist Viv Dykes
About the artist
Viv was born in Alnwick, Northumberland and attended the Duchess's School where she was inspired by her art teacher Anna Watson and her love of art and music.
From there she completed a foundation course in art and design at Leicester Polytechnic and gained a BA (Hons) degree in Graphic Design, specialising in illustration, at the Lanchester Polytechnic, Coventry.
She moved to London where she applied her illustration skills and love of portraiture to various design projects for Creative Consultants Stylorouge involving music packaging for Alison Moyet, Johnny Mathis and Natalie Cole and Paul Kossoff, and visuals for Paul Young, Wham! and Blur together with film posters and other projects. Further clients included BBC Publications, Acrobat Design and the Oxford University Press amongst others.
Viv has now returned home to her beloved Northumberland and lives in Alnmouth, where she has set up The Riverside Studio with her partner Graeme to showcase her paintings and prints of local scenes. The Northeast coast is a never-ending source of inspiration for her work, as is her love of animals.
Just recently she has created a series of six large scale "Comedy Greats" portraits which are currently on show at Alnwick Playhouse, Northumberland. See Pictures at the Playhouse for more details.