Ralph Hedley was born in Ashington, Northumberland in 1948. He started his artistic career from a very early age and studied at Newcastle College of Art from 1963 to 1969. Awarded a bursary from the Royal Society of Arts, he then travelled and studied in New York.  In 1974 he returned to London, where he had his first one man exhibition. Since that time he has travelled extensivily and his work is in collections around Europe, Australia, Africa, Canada and The United States.  Working on private commissions his clients vary from the small collector to large public companies.