What would you consider your greatest artistic achievement? Perhaps winning the Turner medal for watercolour at the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolour (RI). This was a facsimile of the medal presented by Turner at the Royal Academy annual exhibition but now presented to a member of the RI and RWA by descendants of his
Five commercial sponsors (Rathbones Investment Management, Knight Frank, Darts Farm, Foot Anstey and The Exeter) and over 100 artists are already signed up. 100% profits from the sale of the artworks will go to YoungMinds. Free entry to the general public. “We are determined to make this the biggest and best yet,” said organiser, Helen
What is key to being a plein air painter? Being in the right place at the right time with the right canvas, board or, more importantly, clothing! On average, how long does it take to finish a painting? How long is a piece of string? An alla prima (in one go) takes 2 to 3 hours. I
Alan, all your paintings seem to have a very real sense of place Yes, I like to absorb the atmosphere and lifestyle of a region. I love Provence with its vineyards and olive groves, the smell of wild thyme under my feet and sitting in shady courtyards, drinking wine, or drawing with the sun on
You have a very distinctive style and process to your paintings. How did this evolve? I have always been fascinated by ‘history on paper’ such as letters, postcards and maps. Collage was a good way of using abandoned papers or flood damaged books. Using fragments and layering them on the canvas feels like creating a
“I love exhibiting at The Exeter Art Show and I am always impressed at the quality of art on show. The gallery is beautiful and staff very friendly, so I really recommend a visit to support this amazing event.” What inspired you to paint? I have lived in Exeter for the past 20 years and,
When did you know that you wanted to be an artist? I first realised that I wanted to be an artist when I was about six years old. I was a very shy kid and not particularly great at school work but at break times I would dabble with the pencils and paints. I painted a rabbit
I moved to the U.K. from Toronto in 1987. I have drawn and painted all my life and in late 2009, I finally decided to give up the “day job” and devote all my time to painting. I had moved from London to Devon in 2007.
Investment Wealth Management company Rathbones has officially confirmed that it will be the official title sponsor of the Exeter Art Show.