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Born in 1934 in Trinidad, Paul Banning was educated at Clifton College, Bristol and the West of England College of Art, gaining Honours in the National Diploma in Furniture Design. After obtaining a commission in the army he subsequently became a furniture designer. Redundancy in 1986 gave him the opportunity to start a new career painting. Using his design skills and the basic training at art school in drawing, taught by Victor Passmore, RA, he studied the great watercolour masters of the 18th and 19th centuries.In 1986 he started teaching watercolour painting and organised courses in France, Italy, Holland, Greece, India and Dubai. He has also travelled extensively for his own painting to Spain, Portugal, Morocco, Egypt, Italy, France, Holland, Dubai and the USA.Paul has exhibited widely. He has had many one-man shows in London, the south of England and also exhibits in Holland, France and America. His work has been entered in several competitions including the Singer and Friedlander Watercolour Competition and the RWS Summer Exhibitions. In 2000 Paul Banning won the most prestigious prize given by the sponsor of the exhibition, Freshfields. He was awarded the Llewellyn Alexander Gallery prize for the finest watercolour in the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolour Exhibition at the Mall Galleries in 2002. In 2011 at the R.I. exhibition he was awarded the Turner bronze medal for the outstanding collection of his watercolours in that exhibition.He has had articles published in Artists and Illustrators on four occasions. He is a member of the Wapping Group of Artists, a select group of 25 who meet every week during the summer months to paint different parts of the Thames and is also a tutor at Dedham Hall, Summerleaze, the Almonry and Maybanks Studio.