About Pip McGarry

Recognised as one of the world’s leading wildlife artists, Pip has an international reputation for his oil paintings of big cats and African game.


Pip first came to prominence in 2004 with his popular seven part series on Meridian Television called ‘A Brush With The Wild’, which was co-presented by Anneka Rice. The programme was filmed on location both in Kenya and at Marwell Zoological Park in Hampshire, with Pip teaching celebrities such as Christine Hamilton, Linda Robson, Jenny Eclair and Nerys Hughes how to paint wildlife. The series was very successful with the highest ratings of any regional series shown at that time.


Pip was the founder and Chairman of the largest wildlife art society in Europe and has been the ‘Artist-in-Residence’ at Marwell Zoological Park in Hampshire for over twenty years. In late 2014, Marwell purpose-built an art gallery into their retail outlet to exclusively house Pip’s paintings for sale to the public.


Teaching Art Ltd have also filmed Pip at Marwell Zoological Park for a tutorial DVD in 2003, (shown several times on mainstream daytime television in 2012) and a further tutorial DVD was made in 2013, which was filmed on location at Yorkshire Wildlife Park.


Pip has organized and led nearly thirty safaris for wildlife artists and photographers to the remote game reserves of Northern Botswana, North and South Tanzania and Kenya. Pip has also previously lived in Central America and the Far East.


Over one hundred of Pip’s paintings have been successfully auctioned by major national and international auction houses such as Christies and Sothebys, both in the UK and overseas. In May 2008, his painting ‘Flight Of The Zebras’ sold for a record £29,300.00 ($57,985.00) at Christies of London.

Several of Pip’s paintings have been presented to His Royal Highness the Sultan of Oman and now hang in his private collection.


Pip has held numerous solo exhibition in UK galleries, for example - Colomb Art Gallery, Marylebone; Omell Galleries Ascot; Tallantyre Gallery, Morpeth and Trew Art Gallery in Claygate. His 2013 and 2014 solo exhibitions at the Haddon Galleries, Torquay and The Frame Gallery in Odiham both produced record six-figure sales and more recently in 2015, his oil painting ‘Leap of Faith’ was sold to a private buyer for £80,000.00 ($123,200.00)


For four years in a row, Pip was one of the judges for the BBC ‘Wildlife Artist of the Year’. The prize for the winning artists was to travel with Pip to Botswana on safari.

Pip has also been a judge for the National Exhibition of Wildlife Art, the Wildlife Art Society International (TWASI) and the Marwell International Wildlife Art Society (MIWAS)


Over seventy limited editions of his work have been reproduced by major fine art publishers, such as De Montfort Fine Art, Rosenstiels and Sally Mitchell Fine Art. Pip has now re-joined the UK’s largest art dealer and gallery chain De Montfort Fine Art and his original paintings can now be found in the Whitewall and Clarendon Galleries.


Over the course of his professional career, Pip has conservatively raised in the region of £200,000 for wildlife conservation and animal welfare, including Marwell Wildlife; DSWF Art For Survival; Lion Aid (Christies of London); Animals Asia; Sketch For Survival and various other wildlife charities.