Roy Winstanley was educated at Westminster College of Education, Oxford, the university of Leeds, and Goldsmiths
College university of London, he exhibits locally and nationally, with his work to be found in many collections both
public and private at home and abroad. One notable commission was for a large group of paintings both watercolour
and acrylic to hang in a villa in Rabat for a member of the Moroccan royal family.
Roy`s work is finely balanced between the representational and the abstract. In recent years his approach to
landscape composition has changed, with his large watercolours having a less complex structure, with large flat,
expansive washes contrasting with smaller areas of carefully crafted textures. Experimental and traditional
techniques are used to convey the many moods of his subjects, often exploring the linear rhythms to be found in
ancient landscape. The wide range of his interests include experimental acrylics, in which the painted surface
helps to determine the final outcome as much as the initial idea.
"Roy Winstanley is a watercolour wizard, who takes the often understated traditions of this medium to an altogether more virile, animated plane. His work has a vibrancy and energy which transcends mere landscape painting and suggests that it is more landscape portraiture. Typically he selects wide vistas and undulating countryside, which give opportunity for grandeur of form and vast sweeps of dramatic colour, preferably displaying startling contrasts. purple skies over golden cornfields ,crimson skies invest towering escarpments with flesh tones apparently emanating from beneath the surface green. His textures are painstakingly worked in a careful technique of layering, achieved by applying new paint onto existing colour, and then removing sections to reveal the original layers beneath. This gives luminosity to his subject and produces the effect of superficial light upon a stronger, darker background. Why is his work so eye catching? maybe, because despite its strength and the direct force of its statements, it also exhibits a beauty and grace. It is not avant gard, yet has an appealing quality of contemporaneity. There is furthermore a delightful accessibility to his paintings. Hovering between the abstract and the representational they afford the viewer the joy of recognition; a hillfort, a castle, a lane -all are known and recognized. Roy Winstanley`s greatest and most idiosyncratic gift is that through the media of light and movement he allows his landscapes to become living, breathing creatures with an anthropomorphic vigour all their own."