Alwyn Crawshaw was born at Mirfield, Yorkshire and studied at Hastings School of Art . He now lives in Hickling, Norwich, Norfolk, with his wife June. Alwyn works in watercolour, oils and acrylics. He is Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a member of the Society of Equestrian Artists, the British Watercolour Society, President of the National Acrylic Painters Association, Founder of the Society of Amateur Artists, and Honorary Member of the United Society of Artists.
Alwyn has written 25 books for Harper Collins, including "The Artist At Work" (his autobiography). One of his books, "A Brush With Art", was in the best Sellers list for 9 weeks, this has never been achieved before with an art instructional book.
A Public Library Survey shows that one of Alwyn's books is taken out of a library in the UK every 2 minutes.
Alwyn has made eight television series (68 half hour programmes), all have been screened by channel 4,some by the BBC, the Learning Channel and the Travel Channel, and are shown worldwide in countries which include the USA, Canada and Japan. His latest series is called "Crawshaw's Watercolour Cruise", filmed in the Middle East.
Alwyn has appeared on various radio and television programmes, including the Gay Byrne Radio Show in Eire, BBC television "Pebble Mill At One", "Daytime Live" and "Spotlight South West". He has also made six very successful teaching videos on painting and was named in 'The Top Ten Best Teachers on Video In America'. He is also a regular contributor to the "leisure Painter" magazine. Alwyn takes painting courses, and lectures throughout Britain and abroad.
Alwyn has exhibited at the Royal Society of British Artists in London. He has won the prize for the best watercolour at the Society of Equestrian Artists annual Exhibition on five occasions.
In 1998 and again in 2001, he held a major joint exhibition with his wife June in Tokyo, Japan.
His work has been favourably reviewed by critics. "The Telegraph Weekend Magazine" reported him to be a 'a landscape painter of considerably expertise' and "The Artist's and Illustrator's Magazine" described him as 'outspoken about the importance of maintaining traditional values in the teaching of art'. Alwyn is listed in the current edition of "Who's Who in Art", and the Marquis "Who's Who in the World".