Roy Pickering was born into the north Nottinghamshire mining community at Welbeck in 1954.
Son of pit worker and photographer Ron Pickering.
Studied painting at Birmingham Polytechnic in the 1970′s.
Lived and worked in London 1987-2003. Numerous education projects and residencies.
Taught in further and higher education, and part time at the Tate Galleries in London, since 1989.

Current studios in Nottinghamshire and London. Exhibited work regularly for more than 40 years, with work in many private and public collections. Most recent exhibitions at Gallery Cork Street, London, with Charles Hustwick in 2010 ; National Museum of Kenya, Nairobi 2011 ; Otwarta Pracownia, Krakow & Vitcak/Artnews Gallery, Warsaw 2014 ; Djanogly Gallery, Lakeside, University of Nottingham 2016.

Previous figurative work was centred around the themes of family and family history.
Previous landscape projects include the Cambridgeshire fens, and three Kenya series in 1986, 1997 and 2010.
Returned to work in Sherwood Forest in 2003.

Roy Pickering is founder and director of Quarrylab, an artist development and support programme. Organiser and curator of Quarrylab exhibitions – “Impossible Views” at BSG Keyworth 2017 and “SEE HERE” at old Neale’s auction house, Nottingham 2018.

Square Trees


I’ve decided it’s probably best to do trees on a square.




Trees are bigger than you think. If you start drawing the trunk you soon run out of paper. The branches seem to go on for ever, and get all mixed up with next tree and the rest of the woods. Figure and ground. So the question is – how much do I put in? How far back do I stand?

Also, I’ve noticed trees are three dimensional – so which side shall I do? Or maybe do a Cubist tree……. maybe not. And they change throughout the year as well. Damned tricky.


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