Ian studied Fine Art at the University of the West of England, Bristol, and divides his time between his home just outside of Manchester and the US. His work features amongst collections in New York and Cape Cod. He is a member of the Artists’ Association of Nantucket where he was awarded the Frank Swift Chase Plein Air Award 2014.
Ian grew up in Stoke on Trent, a city he still feels passionately about and returns to often to paint. His earliest memories are of sitting painting with his grandfather, a well respected watercolourist in his own right, whose brushes Ian still uses to this day.
Ian has recently been an artist in residence at the National Theatre where he worked on portraits of Mark Gatiss.
Art historian Michael Howard has said of Ian's work: ‘Ian Mood is an artist who is drawn towards the shifting vastness of the landscape; it’s unpredictability and awesome might. Through his work he seeks to capture some of the defining qualities of our brooding landscape: how, in the space of a single walk one can experience all the vagaries of the English weather system – from being caught in a sudden downpour to the unexpected flash of brilliant light that breaks through the pearly canopy of low-lying cloud.’