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Northumberland artist Clifford William Blakey was born 1957 in Newcastle

Clifford was educated at Newcastle University and has aBA Hons Fine Art (1980) and is aMaster of Fine Art (1986).

During his time at University he worked in the Hatton Gallery, Newcastle University.

After University Clifford Blakey worked as a Museum Cataloguer in Social History and Fine Art at Sunderland Museum.

After his Master of Fine Art course he worked for Manchester Artists Studio Association and Sculptors in Greater Manchester association as an administrator before returning to Newcastle where he became the Editor of the Northern Arts what's on magazine 'Index'.

Clifford then set himself up as a freelance graphic designer with his company Ikon Creative Design Studio where he worked for theatres, charities, local authorities, public bodies, engineering companies and PR companies. During all of this time Clifford continued to paint and had success showing at The Royal Academy Summer Show.

Exhibiting mostly at the Dial Gallery in Warkworth, Northumberland,  he subsequently had many shows there and at The Old School Gallery in Alnmouth, Northumberland and Off The Wall Gallery in Corbridge, Northumberland. His work can now be seen at Blagdon Gallery near Morpeth, Northumberland and also at Haslam's of Hallgate in Hexham, Northumberland and The Biscuit Factory in Newcastle upon Tyne.

Clifford exhibited for may years with the British Watercolour Society where he became a Member of the Society and also a Lifetime Fellow of The International Guild of Artists. He has won many prizes for his paintings including the Saunders Waterford Prize for Watercolour. He has also exhibited with the Royal Society of Watercolour Painters at The Mall Galleries in London.

He has had many solo exhibitions and has shown with various commercial art galleries in the North and South of England and Scotland.

In 2021 Clifford set up his own studio/gallery "Northern Coast Gallery" at The Old Bath House in North Broomhill, near Amble Northumberland where his work is on permanent display and the gallery is open on Saturdays from 11am - 4pm.