Colin Jellicoe
artist
biography
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Colin with his mother
Colin Jellicoe and Mum Evelyn May about 1954

Colin was born November 1st 1942 in Manchester, England. He studied art at Heald Place Secondary Modern school in the mid 1950s with Keith Pepper and at the Regional College of Art Manchester in 1959, and also painting with Geoffrey Key in Platt Fields park in the early sixties.

He lived in Rusholme until 1975 and is now living and painting in Burnage, and exhibiting at 82 Portland Street Manchester.

In the late forties and fifties my mother and I would regularly visit the local Rusholme cinemas, The Casino, The Trocadero and the Rusholme Rep. This was the time I began collecting books and comics on the cinema of the forties and fifties. The artists I enjoyed looking at most were the UK illustrators Harry Bishop, Geoff Campion, Stephen Chapman, D.C. Eyles, Walt Howarth, Frank Humphris, Frank Hampson, Denis McLoughlin, and the US illustrators Nicholas Firfires, Til Goodman, Albert Micale, Fred Harman, Fan Spiegle, Jose Luis Salinas, Doug Wildey and many many more.

During the early 60's I started painting in Platt Fields park and by the mid 60's began work on my first figure series, paintings of people in canteens and coffee bars. These developed into a a series of semi-abstract figures in landscape.

I'm still continually adding to the collection of comics and books on the cinema. Continually looking at illustrations, films and film stills influenced the work from the mid 70's beginning with a series of beaches, rooms, nudes, lovers and faces. The beaches turned into desert landscapes with trees, riders, rooms and lovers. For this series the figures came from magazines and papers.

From 1978 Granville took reference shots of Julia Hague, Jackie Williams and Ayshea Hayes for series that ran through the 80's into the early 90's.

At this timeI was reading about the working methods of many artists and illustrators. Many early artists dressed people in costumes for their paintings. Frank Humphris who illustrated Jeff Arnold in Eagle had a large collection of hats, shirts, pants, boots, spurs, guns and gunbelts in his studio; all were included in the illustrated storyboards. Bolton illustrator Denis McLoughlin was photographed in costumes for many of his illustrations in the Buffalo Bill annuals of the 50's. All illustrators mentioned have a cinematic style. Frames look like stills from a film. They have landscape shots, mid-shots and close-ups and seen from different angles. All the characters have a cinematic appearance and in fact some illustrators adapted current 50's movies into storyboards.

In some filmed momentary shots the background landscape can appear abstract. Some films mix a real landscape with a landscape in the studio called a "Green Set", all very theatrical. They created a wonderfully romanticised make believe world with the same cast of characters and usually photographed in the same locations: Iversons Ranch, Corriganville, Melody Ranch, and up at Lone Pine in the High Sierras of sunny southern California. All this visual material looks a little surreal and feeds my imagination.

From the 90's I took referencew shots of Gwen Alvey, Christine Clarkson, Sheila Pye, Jan Donovan, Barbara Cole, Debbie Hill, Victoria Ashworth, Louise Baron and Jenny Healy, and Paul Starr took shots of me at my usual locations of Stenner Woods and the River Mersey for what is now becoming a long running romantic landscape figure based series.

CJ in Claremont Road studio
Colin Jellicoe Claremont Road studio 1963