Ian Layton was born in Mexborough in 1953, and expressed an interest in painting from an early age.
Growing success as an artist allowed him to fulfil his desire to paint on his own terms.
Painting daily, dividing his time between his studio and locations throughout the UK and abroad.
His paintings are a celebration of light and atmosphere, he particularly enjoys capturing the transient aspects of weather and the "Contre Jour" effect of painting directly into the light.
He has displayed his work at many prestigious exhibitions including: The Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, The New English Art Club, The Royla Institute of Oil Painters, The Royal Society of Marine Artists and The Discerning Eye.
In 2004 he was awarded "The Discerning Eye" Chairman's Purchase Prize.
Ian's work is held in both public and private collections, nationally and internationally.