The Fylingdales Group of Artists

The Fylingdales Group of Artists  2006 - 2016

Membership of 22 artists.

John Carter. D.A. (Edin), N.D.D., A.T.D.

25th February 1931-  16th April 2007

Born East Cleveland 1931 and trained at the Middlesbrough & Edinburgh Colleges of Art where he graduated in 1952. After National Service, took an Art teacher’s Diploma at King’s College, Newcastle, 1955. Later worked in Art Education for 35 years. After 15 SOLO EXHIBITIONS BY INVITATION mainly in PUBLIC ART GALLERIES, he  regularly contributed work to numerous mixed, selected, open & group exhibitions throughout U.K. His paintings may be seen in many public and private collections both at home and abroad. He worked from a purpose-built studio in Guisborough . A requiem Mass was held at Guisborough Parish Church on Monday 23rd April 2007.

Statement.    I make direct drawing responses to landscape employing a range of media and techniques; this work feeds the imagination, rouses emotions and helps to provide studio paintings, which have lives of their own, independent of the subject and with relationships of line, pattern and structure emerging from the act of looking. Each work is an adventure into the unknown and an expression of the total experience involved.

Some of the pictures that John had been working on prior to his death © the estate of John Carter 2007


Grinstead Jill  Resigned 2011

Artist’s Statement

I have always had a passion for drawing and painting. Perhaps even more than this I am compelled by some inner force to somehow convey our three dimensional world into a believable two dimensional form, which if all the vital ingredients of inspiration, skill and that indefinable something are present may lead to a successful result.

The overwhelming inspiration for my work is light. I especially love the challenge of chasing this changeling and trying to express its ephemerally through paint. My aim is to capture a moment which may never exist in quite the same form again. A painting either ‘sinks or swims’ at its first execution - it rarely gets a second chance!

To achieve this I prefer to work directly in front of the subject for the shortest time needed to catch this elusive quality. The immediacy of the pastel medium suits this purpose for me. My most recent work is involved with exploring colour by building up layers of primary colour, rather than relying on ready made blends. I am also experimenting with the rich and varied effects that can be created through mixed media.

Involvement in Art - past exhibitions , etc

Ferens Open 1988 to date, Yorkshire Pastel Society, Keighley 1991., North Yorks. Open, Pannett Gallery, Whitby 2002, Beverley Art Gallery Open Exhibition, 2003, Celebrating the Wolds, 2004 (venue as above), Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough, 2003 - two man exhibition. Alex May Gallery, Bridlington, 2007 - three man exhibition, Memorial Hall, Pickering, 2007 six man exhibition, Sledmere - The Triton Gallery 2007, The Wolds Gallery, Oct. 2008 - Jan. 18th 2009, Driffield Art Club Annual Exhibitions, Ayton Art club Annual Exhibitions, Private collections in the UK.


Chesterman Jo          Present Member


Hanlon Niamh           Present Member


Ould Marshall           Present Member


Brindley Robert         Present Member


McCall Angie          Present Member


Slack Sue                Present Member


Blackwell Paul          Present Member


Lupton Linda         Present Member

Stancombe Jack      Present Member

Shaw Rob              Resigned 2015 due to other commitments.

In 1995, Rob Shaw moved to the tiny isolated fishing village of Staithes in North Yorkshire and began to sketch and paint whilst studying for his degree in Architecture and Design at Teeside University. In 1997 he gained a First Class (hons) and began a 10 year career in this chosen field while at the same time, painting and exhibiting at various galleries throughout the country.

In 2006 he left his position as a  Design Office Manager, at that time living in Bath and choose to return to Staithes to paint full time. Since 2006 he has had many group shows and has also had very successful solo shows. His work and themes are constantly changing, from depicting the small fishing village where he lives and the large breakwaters that protect it, through to Georgian Spa towns such as Bath and Harrogate.

His latest works have been a series of  large scale London cityscapes painted in oil on canvass board. The first one of these was exhibited at the Royal Academy Summer Show 2012, and was sold on the opening day to a member of Morrisons family. In 2012 his work was also accepted for the Lynn Painter Stainer Exhibition at the Mall Galleries. In 2013 his work was accepted at the Royal Academy Summer Show.

He continues to paint London, however he is also painting a series of  Northern Cityscapes and has recently been invited over to Singapore and Tokyo to undertake a set of paintings there.

In 2008, he was interviewed by John Sargeant for The One Show on BBC1.

In 2013 he was interviewed by Matt Baker for `Countryfile` on BBC1.

In 2013 he was invited into the Fylingdales Group of Artists as a full member.

Robert Shaw was born in Derbyshire in 1974 and gained a BA (hons) first class degree in Interior Architecture and Design in 1997. In 1995 he spent a year out between Universities in the coastal village of Staithes, North Yorkshire  where he helped his parents to renovate a cottage and began to paint. This energetic style which was used to create images of the local village surrounded by the overbearing North Sea and lashed by the winds gained interest with both locals and tourists alike.

He had moved around the country with his former profession for ten years, though in 2006 he decided to paint full time and eventually settled in a house in Staithes with a studio overlooking the sea.

During 2008, he travelled in Europe, getting inspiration for his next two years projects which will include many European cityscapes. He hopes to bring his love of Architecture and detail to meet up with his erratic use of colour to create new visions of these well visited places. His work has been sought after and collected both here and abroad, with work travelling as far as Australia and Dubai.

During 2008, he was also interviewed by John Sargeant for a national BBC program called The One Show.


Anne Thornhill Present Member


Colin Cook  Present Member

        Treasurer 2017 -


Kane Cunningham  Present Member

Next years 2017 - 2027

Jill Grinstead
Jill Grinstead
Paddy Hole, South Gare, Middlesbrough

120 x 84 cms. Oil
Paddy Hole, South Gare, Middlesbrough

120 x 84 cms. Oil
North breakwater Staithes waves breaking over end. 

81 x 69 cms Oil
North breakwater Staithes waves breaking over end.

81 x 69 cms Oil
Rob Shaw painting in his studio in the old Wesleyan Chapel, Staithes
Rob Shaw painting in his studio in the old Wesleyan Chapel, Staithes
London from St.Paul's with white van Oil
London from St.Paul's with white van Oil