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.

War Games

Currently working on a series of drawings – examples

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Sun Farm, Oaks and Quarry.

And a series of paintings on aluminium called War Games – examples

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This is in Hazel Gap wood, a slightly scary place at the best of times. I played there as a kid. It was used by the military during the war, and still bares evidence of that. It has always been strictly out of bounds. Now it’s a war games centre where grown ups dress like soldiers and pretend to shoot each other.

Went to see my friends the Living Ancients again today, tomorrow as well if it keeps fine.

I forgot to say – the best things I saw last year – Veronese at NG, Constable at V&A, Toulouse-Lautrec museum in Albi. So far this year – the excellent Deibenkorn at RA.

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