Don't miss this - love it or hate it you can't ignore it - the British preoccupation with romantic art is still alive and kicking!
at the City Art Gallery Southampton opening on the 18th September: Ben Johnson retrospective. I've known Ben for over 20 years now and his work is unique - not to be missed.
at Southampton City Art Gallery to mark the 50 Years of City Status - opening this Saturday afternoon from 1.00 to 3.00pm - all welcome!
Come and visit me at the Spice Island Art Trail this Sunday in The Royal Naval Club Old Portsmouth between 11 and 4. I have a stand and will be demonstrating and selling watercolours and prints.
The long awaited publication of SAI members' work has just been published. The Society of Architectural Illustration was founded in 1974 and has around 150 members mainly in the UK. This book represents more than 60 of its leading members including yours truly. Copies can be obtained for £25 - the official book launch is next week - details to follow. An exhibition of selected works is currently at the Anise Gallery where the launch will take place.
Would you believe it...Here's a link to the award details: http://www.gordonbruce.com/matt_bruce/pages/memorial_award.html
Good to see the set of paintings together and framed - it's been a year since I've seen them. The exhibition is on at the Solent Showcase gallery till November 9.
You are all invited to the opening of the Port Perspectives exhibition at the Showcase Gallery Guildhall Square Southampton on Thursday 17 October. Times 6.30 to 8.00pm - see you there!
Proud artist and his art at Mottisfont Open exhibition - thanks Chris! Open Spaces is on until 17 November.
To date this is the widest picture I have done at over 620 mm - I'll need to invest in a larger portflio! The Flats is the open space between the Cemetery Lake and the Boating Lake and during mid August the grass was so dry it had turned brown. The mist seemed to hovver just above ground level almost opaque at its most dense.
I'm very pleased to have two watercolours accepted into the forthcoming exhibition "Open Spaces " to be held at Mottisfont House. The two works: "Mist across The Flats" and "Boating Lake (at Dawn)", were done from photos I took early one morning on Southampton Common. The dawn sky was tinged with red and the mist rose from the dew covered landscape creating a serene atmosphere which I was keen to capture. The show opens on 28 September until 17 November.
It's Wayzgoose day in Southampton on Sunday and once again Red Hot Press is hosting a celebration of printmaking by holding its annual fete. The forecast is for fine weather so come on down to the workshop and Arches artists' studios in Captain's Place tomorrow for great bargains, music, cakes and more...go to: http://www.dailyecho.co.uk/news/10631930.Get_Arty_Around_Southampton/
Make sure you get to the Wool House this summer for some exciting arts events and exhibitions - here's link: Element Arts
You are all cordially invited to the First Gallery Portfolio Weekend in conjunction with Red Hot Press print workshop this Saturday and Sunday 15/16 June. You will be able to buy prints and originals straight from six artists' portfolios and I will also be demonstrating my work over both days.
The SAI exhibition opens on 21 April at the Anise Gallery Shad Thames London. All welcome at the reception on 20 April from 5 to 8.00 pm. http://www.anisegallery.co.uk/stories-in-light-and-line/
I'm due to give two talks on my work at the following times and venues:
Friday 9 November at Cobbett Road Library Southampton who are also hosting an exhibition of selected watercolours which runs from November 5 to December 1.
Wednesday 12 December at Southampton Solent University for FoSMAG (Friends of Southampton Museums, Archives and Galleries)
As a result I managed to make the front cover of the FoSMAG Newsletter this month with a dps inside.
You are all invited to Sunday's Wayzgoose event presented by Red Hot Press, Southampton's one and only printmaking workshop. This celebrated annual event is now firmly on the City's arts and culture calendar and is part of Southampton Open Studios. The Wayzgoose (look it up!) starts from 12 midday and details can be found on their website. I will be there with camera and sketchbook in hand - see you all there!
The reception of Lost Star a new exhibition at the Concourse Gallery East Park Terrace is a week on Thursday - all welcome. Lost Star is an exhibition of original prints by 16 members of Red Hot Press Print Workshop in Southampton. It commemorates the centenary of the maiden voyage of the fated RMS Titanic. Reception is on Thursday 12 April from 5.00 to 7.00pm.
The Exhibition will continue at the Concourse Gallery in The Michael Andrews Building until 22nd May.
For the second year running I have sold a watercolour at the Mall Galleries and the same subject: a Norfolk round tower church. Could this be a clue to latest trend in popular subject matter? ...or just a coincidence? Here it is: All Saints, Freethorpe. A lovely church with a large Norman tower.
Don't miss this show at the Mall Galleries and spot my two pictures - until 25 March. More to follow.
Layout ready to be transferred to acrylic screen
A3 size layout of proposed street scene
Some images showing what Katherine and I got up to at the Business Design Centre in Islington. Essentially a large 5 metre by 2.5 metre light box painted in blck emulsion which we worked on like scraper board using lino tools and chisels. The brief was to create a street scene showing the clients street lighting products and to encourage visitors to "have a go". Hard work but fun over two days - we are now both lighting experts - LED of course!
For all those of you into "lighting" and in London on Wednesday/Thursday next week, come and see us on the Aquila stand as part of the ARC Show. Katherine and I will be masquerading as artists demonstrating how to printmake with light - all will be revealed!
Edward Burra: Landscape, Cornwall with Figures 1975
Just returned from Chichester after seeing the Edward Burra show at the Pallant House Gallery. Burra's masterful handling of watercolour and his superior draughtsmanship skills are truly inspirational. This exhibition explores the many aspects of his work from depictions of street life in Harlem to landscapes in Sussex all mainly produced in watercolour. From his early stylised figure compositions to more realistic representations, and in some cases at enormous scale, Burra's work never fails to impress. A must - ends 19 Feb - don't miss it!
I am thrilled to announce the opening of my exhibition at Southampton Solent University with a reception on Thursday 27 October at 6.00 pm. A Point of View is an exhibition of my recent watercolour studies including local views of Southampton's heritage buildings. The show continues until 7 January 2012.
This really is the place to be seen at. The Private Views at all shows open at 6pm including the BA(Hons) Fine Art and BA(Hons) Illustration shows at the Bargate Centre - not to be missed! There will be a special Fashion Show on the 3rd floor JM building at 7.30pm. Find me in the BA(Hons) Interior Design Decoration show by the the entrance foyer Millais building.