Biography

Born in 1938 in Accrington, Lancashire, Great Britain to a working class family, Royston came to us with pencil in hand at a very early age. He ceaselessly went about creating his own world from the characters around him - in town, leaving factories, at market - all involved in every-day tasks.

The world of illusion also held a fascination for Royston at this time, during which he would see about a dozen films a week. After the age of ten, he began to win prizes for his painting. At the age of 15 (1953), he entered the Burnley Art School (principal: Harold Thornton).

After finishing his studies at Burnley, he won a scholarship to the Slade School of Art, University of London (painting and sculpture), where his principal, William Coldstream, and his personal tutor, Claude Rodgers, were a part of the Euston Road Group.

After two years teaching in Lancashire, he moved to France. In the town of F├ęcamp on the coast of Normandy, he met Jef Friboulet, and was a frequent visitor to his studio (1964 to 1966). Moving on to Paris, he continued painting while teaching drawing at the EAB (Ecole Active Bilingue) from 1972 to 1977. In October of 1977, Royston became a salesperson at the Montparnasse FNAC where he specialised in classical albums and contemporary music (one of his passions!). He stayed there until 11 July, 1994. In 1999, he moved to Normandy in the region of the Eure, 80 km from Paris. It is here that he has set himself up in his current studio.

His technique: to capture the essential, Royston starts right in with pen (ink and water). There is no preparation or preliminary pencil sketching, and he might add touches of colour with pastels. His pictures become much more elaborate when he works with oils on canvas. Being in a completely different dimension, his oils tend toward a harsher reality. Royston Ecroyd has a unique style. It must be seen!