— Richard Manning —
Started 5 year apprenticeship in 1964 at Chamberlain Art Studios in Holborn EC1 as a Photo Retoucher/Airbrush Illustrator.
After that worked at a number of Art Studios in the West End and Covent Garden. Went freelance in June 1973 renting desk space in a number of Studios. Worked on a freelance basis with Storm Thogerson and Aubrey Powell(Po) of the record sleeve design company Hipgnosis. I was their prime retoucher from 1973 until 2001. Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, 10cc, Wings, Genesis and many more bands sleeves I worked on. Book illustrations for the publishers Dorling and Kindersley and a few other publishers.
Retouched all the hairstyles for Vidal Sassoon that appeared in the windows of the salons worldwide for 25 years. Retouched many ads for leading Ad Agencies also. Left london in 2001. I have painted in watercolour most of my life and started working with oilsseriously in 2006