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Jim Dales was trained at Grimsby and Maidstone College of Art in the 1960s. He spent much of his three years leading to a BA (Hons) working with Derrick Greaves at his Woburn Studio. The most important lesson he learnt there was: to be everyday in the studio. And now, after more than fifty years working as a painter/printmaker, it is a habit he finds hard to break.

He taught painting at Lancaster College of Art before moving to France to paint full-time. In 1975 he returned to England and settled in Wiltshire. He continued painting and worked part-time as a free-lance lecturer. He and his wife Caroline ran a small company, Inside Art, organising and accompanying groups of adults to art galleries and museums throughout Europe and North America. A valuable experience that enabled him to study many of the most important collections of western art from the Renaissance to 20th century American, and to be away from the studio for only a few weeks each year.

Jim was a visiting lecturer in the history of printmaking at Advanced Studies in England (ASE) the study abroad programme of Franklin and Marshall College, Pennsylvania, USA.

Jim Dales’s novel ‘The Man in the Mirror’ about Rembrandt: the man, his art and his relationships will be available in paperback from, Amazon UK and good bookshops from June 2016

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