Paddy Starling

In 1972 Paddy Starling gave up farming in the rugged Eastern Lowveld of Zimbabwe and devoted himself to full time painting. Born in Mount Edgecombe, on the north coast of KZN in 1940 and educated at Michaelhouse, he spent his first twenty one years in KZN before moving to Zimbabwe. There he farmed sugar cane, but encouraged by friends he started painting landscapes in oil. A year later he held his first solo exhibition in Harare under a scheme to promote aspiring artists. The exhibition was sold out on the opening night. In 1973, Paddy and his family returned to South Africa, finally settling in picturesque Simon’s Town.

For the next twenty years, Paddy lived and painted in Cape Town, never far from the sea. The popularity and the critical appeal of his work can be measured by the huge success of his solo exhibitions. Paddy has held no less than thirty successful solo exhibitions throughout South Africa. As well as executing a large number of commissioned works, he is also represented in many galleries around the country.

Paddy’s commissions range from past State Presidents of South Africa to national and international corporate clients, various prestigious hotel groups, including local and international private collectors. Influenced by his brother, Paddy became very interested in trout and fly-fishing. It proved to be a perfect marriage, combining his love for the sport and his unique ability to capture water on canvas. It is a subject Paddy revels in and one that he continues to explore today.

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Durban, South Africa