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Born: 24 September 1924
Training: The Warrington School of Art & Design
Works: Lever Brothers Tower (1998)
Sankey Bridges (1975) African Mask (1967)
Awards: Warrington’s 1st Purchase Prize.
Reginald Waywell (24 September 1924) is an English artist born in Warrington, Lancashire. Many of his drawings and paintings depict Warrington, where he has lived and worked for 90 years. Waywell is famous for painting scenes of life in the industrial districts of North West England in the mid-20th century. He developed a distinctive style of painting and is best known for his urban landscapes peopled with human figures often referred to as "cloth capped men". He also painted mysterious unpopulated landscapes. Because of his use of weather effects in many of his landscapes he is sometimes characterised as being the most atmospheric creating of all of the northern artists of his time. A collection of Waywell’s work is on permanent public display in Warrington Museum and Art gallery Museum Street Warrington. The BBC also own copyright to his Lever Tower painting which can be seen on their website.
Honourary Doctorate in Fine Art awarding body: Chester University
Waywell was born in September 1924 at 319 Wellfield Street, Whitecross, Warrington. He was the 2nd Son to Frederick John Waywell a Foreman at Crosfields Soap Works and Housewife Ada (nee Mcconville) Waywell.
He was educated at St Barnabas School, later moving on to Bewsey Council School followed by Bewsey Juniors Council School and finishing in Bewsey Seniors Council School where he achieved a 100% for art and featured in the Bewsey Boys concert group as a lightening cartoonist. He was given the opportunity to win a scholarship and attended the local school of art At 14 he became a junior draughtsman at Richmond’s.
Waywell was called up during the Second World War where he trained at Seighton Camp, Chester, and was posted to Berwick on Tweed in the Lancashire Fusiliers. From there he continued his training in the second sixth Battalion, Holt, Norfolk, and was posted overseas to 2nd. Battalion Lancashire Fusiliers, 78th. Division, 8th. Army where he saw active service in the Mediterranean. Wounded with a grenade near Lake Trasimino, Italy, he convalesced in Cancello where he was able to continue his interest in art, he was transferred into the Royal Army Service Corps and continued to follow his interest in his spare time at 2nd .Echelon, Madaloni, also attending art classes in Naples during the week ends. On leave in Rome he was further influenced by the great works of art in and sculptor in St. Peters and other basilicas throughout the city and, on his return to Britain, was posted to Shrewsbury where, in leisure moments, he attended local art classes, later volunteering to attend Formation College, Newbattle Abbey, Dalkeith, Scotland where he formally studied fine art. Towards the end of four years’ service in the Army he was demobilised at York and travelled to St Helier, Jersey, eventually returning home where he painted four large murals and invited the Warrington Examiner to write an article and publish Photographs.
Training and Education
Waywell attended the Warrington School of Art, having won another scholarship, and for approximately 3 years he studied life drawing, architecture and commercial art.
He then began submitting his work to North West art exhibitions and shared rooms with L.S.Lowry at the Salford Art Gallery.
This was at the time of the cold war and, failing to get a job in commercial art due to being still on the army class z reserve, he worked at Burtonwood Base Exchange as a display artist. He later secured a position at Hodgkinsons in the display Department for two years; at John Myers, Manchester, as a layout artist for two years; and as a flexographic artist at Alliance Box Company, Warrington, for ten years. He attended art classes at the Warrington School of Art for both writing and painting where he published a book, which included some of his black and white drawings, entitled Through a Glass Lightly.
He won the first ever Warrington Purchase Prize for an oil painting of the Lever Bros Tower, which can now be viewed on the BBC’s website.
As an established and well known Northern Artist his work is much sort after and can be viewed in the permanent collection of the Warrington Museum and Art Gallery.
Published Work: Through a Glass Lightly
List of Pictures Contained in Through a Glass Lightly
Lodge House Near Bewsey Old Hall.
Near the Railway Bridge in Lovely Lane.
Lovely Lane, near the Hospital.
Back of St. Barnabas Place.
Lovely Lane, near the Vicarage.
Back of Old Wellfield Street.
The Old Outdoor.
Back of the Pavilion.
Back of Recreation Club.
Lovely Lane, near Brooklands Hotel.
Harry Hutton’s Back Yard.
Outside The Old House.
Back Yard of the Old House.
Umbrella in the Back Yard.
View from Brighton Street.
Bottom of Wellfield Street.
Lovely Lane Railway Bridge.
Through a Glass Lightly (Pyramid Press)
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