Ian's works include a wide range of subjects from Second World War Spitfires and industrial scenes to English countryside including Southwold and Walberswick. Imposing and strong, his works evoke a feeling of intensity and timelessness.
Ian Garstka was born in London in 1948. After leaving School he worked for a Commercial art Studio in the West End of London, as a messenger delivering artwork to Advertising Agents throughout the capital.
After a year he began to train as a lettering artist and typographer, but as he had a flair for drawing he was given the opportunity to illustrate. He went on to work for various London Advertising Agents and studios as a visualiser and typographer before moving to Norwich in 1980
In 1983 Ian and his wife opened their own Graphic Design consultancy, working for clients throughout the UK and the USA. In 2008 they moved to Cornwall, where they lived for two years. As they were running their design business on a much smaller scale Ian started painting and drawing, which has now become his overriding passion.
While in Cornwall he exhibited at The Picture House Galleries in Padstow and Penryn and The Over the Moon Gallery in St. Agnes.
In 2011 Ian held a one man exhibition at the Millenium Library in Norwich.
He works in oils, pencil, pen and ink and pastel.