Lives and works in Brighton UK
Ty Jeffries is probably best known for his work as a musician playing the piano and singing his original songs in the world of cabaret for which he won several awards. But his first love was painting. He studied at the foot of his father the actor and film director Lionel Jeffries who was also an exhibited artists in the 50s and 60s.
As a teenager Ty was privately taught by master of stained-glass Patrick Reyntiens OBE and his artist wife Anne Bruce in Buckinghamshire and through their support had an early work exhibited at The ICA in London. Ty learned at the knee of his father who was not only a celebrated film actor and director but also an amazing artist. He also was taught in his teens by his godfather Richard McKenzie who was a fabulous artist as well as being a much in-demand Hollywood society portraitist, famed for his portraits of stars of the Golden Age such as Barbara Stanwyck and Lucille Ball. Richard was the husband of Ava Astaire, Fred Astaire's daughter, Ty's much loved godmother.
Depending on his subject, Ty sometimes works pen and ink and watercolour, but these days is most at home with acrylic on canvas because of its versatility and swiftness to work with.
Ty was accepted into the Sir John Cass School of Art on leaving The Purcell School of Music, but it was at this point he pursued his career as a composer and lyricist. Ty has continued painting and creating artworks in photography/ film/video and performance art but has sold many of his artworks privately over the years and has received numerous commissions as well, most recently a large portrait for the lawyer Ian Rosenblatt OBE of his wife Emma, and the painting Lemons in a Wire Basket which now hang in their London home and an abstract seascape in yellow which hangs in their seaside home in Devon. Ty has lives in his favourite place...The English seaside town of Brighton and Hove.
More on Ty's work in the world of cabaret as Miss Hope Springs
More on Ty's work as a composer lyricist and arranger