PLEDGER, Maurice

1955 - ?

Maurice Pledger

Maurice J. Pledger was born in the Hertford district in May 1955, son of Douglas Alfred W. Pledger (7 April 1920-2005) and his wife Leda Teresa née Ginghini (1925-6 March 2017), who married at Bologna, Italy in 1946. Maurice had no formal art training but achieves the realism and detail in his beautiful artwork by spending hours in the field, observing, sketching, and studying his subjects in their natural environment and is an internationally acclaimed artist known for his realistic and detailed illustrations of animals and wildlife. Maurice Pledger first published at age 17, being commissioned for six titles by Mitchell Beazley 'World Atlas of Birds' and has since had his illustrations featured on greeting cards, prints, gifts, and in many books. He has created several successful series, including 'Sounds of the Wild', 'Peek-and-Find', 'Nature Trails', and 'Pledger Sticker Books'. He had his first exhibition at Linden Artists, Petite France, Pimlico, London in 1976 and in 1979 exhibited at the Ipswich Art Club from 29 Fore Street, Ipswich two paintings, 'Teal' and 'Shelduck'. His love of fishing has constantly pulled at him to continue with his fish paintings. With these in mind, many original commissions, collectors prints and numerous series featuring in angling publications, magazines, and recently, a series in the Anglerís Mail. In 1992 he was the recipient of that years Francis Williams Illustration Award for the Best Descriptive Illustration, which honour is given only once every 5 years by the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. He married at Broxbourne, Hertfordshire in 1978, Pietra Provenzano and they lived at Hoddeston, Hertfordshire.

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