Ivan Lapper
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Recent exhibitions
Ivan Lapper produced 12 paintings of the Tower of London for the Tower Hill Environs Centre, which was opened by the Queen in the summer of 2004. Of his reconstruction paintings of the Tower, 14 are now in the Royal Collection.

Ivan won the Charles Pears Award (for the best painting by a non-member) at the Royal Society of Marine Artists' annual exhibition at the Mall Galleries in 2006, and again in 2007, and in October 2008 Ivan was made an Associate Member of the Royal Society of Marine Artists (ARSMA). He was winner of the Windsor and Newton Oil Painting Award and the Arts Club Award, at the Royal Society of Marine Artist annual exhibition at the Mall Galleries in 2009. Elected a Member of the Royal Society of Marine Artists in 2010 (RSMA).

Since 2000, his paintings and drawings have appeared in many exhibitions:

  • British Modern Masters Exhibition, 2008
  • Royal Institute of Oil Painters
  • Royal Society of Marine Artists
  • Singer & Friedlander/Sunday Times Watercolour Competition
  • Royal Watercolour Society's 21st century Open Exhibition
  • Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours
  • Discerning Eye
  • New English Art Club
  • Golden Age of British Illustration
  • Tower of London Millenium Exhibition
  • Solo exhibition at the John Noott Galleries, Broadway in 2009 and 2013
  • Kendall Fine Art, Cowes, Isle of Wight, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2013
  • Venice in Peril Exhibition, Pattersons Fine Art, Albemarle Street, W1 in 2010, 2011 and 2012
  • Two-man show at Fine Art UK, Ledbury in 2010

Freelance artist
Ivan has worked in almost every field, providing illustrations for newspapers, magazines and books, such as Reader's Digest Books; also museums, castles and palaces, as well as working in advertising and films. He has illustrated a series of calendars showing English villages and country scenes.

Ivan has been commissioned to paint reconstructions of historical scenes by English Heritage, CADW (Welsh Heritage), the National Trust, Historic Royal Palaces and various museums in Great Britain and abroad. His reconstruction paintings include the castles of Kidwelly and Raglan (shown on the right), Wroxeter Roman Town, Cirencester, Mont Saint-Michel and the Tower of London.

Press work
Ivan's drawings of the first moon landing and the Aberfan disaster were published in the Daily Express, and of the great train robbery in the Illustrated London News. He regularly contributed drawings to the Radio Times during the 1970s.

Ivan taught Illustration and Life Drawing for forty years at various colleges, including Hornsey College of Art, St Martin's School of Art, the Ruskin School (Oxford University), Camberwell School of Art, and Kingston University.

Early career
Ivan Lapper was born in Bilston in Staffordshire. From the age of 12 he attended Bilston Art School on day release from school, followed by Wolverhampton College of Art from 1954 to 1959 where he gained a NDD in Illustration. He was at the Royal College of Art from 1959 to 1962, becoming an Associate of the College (ARCA) in Illustration and Engraving.

Scarborough Castle siege
Scarborough Castle siege
Reconstruction painting

Raglan Castle
Raglan Castle (detail)
Reconstruction painting