Beautiful landscapes around the region and across Europe feature in new exhibition in Holt
- Credit: © Ian McManus
From scenes of Norwich to views of Venice, beautiful paintings from around the region and across Europe feature in the latest exhibition at The Gallery, Picturecraft in north Norfolk.
Called A Watercolour Diary VII, the show features 50 works by the artist Ian McManus.
It is the Cambridgeshire-based painter's seventh exhibition at the Holt gallery, and this time around the ecletic mix of views on display include everything from a cityscape of Norwich with the Norwich Cathedral spire rising high to a London street scene featuring the Winston Churchill statue to a view by the River Seine in Paris.
Adrian Hill, managing director of The Gallery, Picturecraft, described the artist's work as 'absolutely beautiful, fresh and vibrant,' and he said the collection had been given the title A Watercolour Diary VII because the works are all images of places Mr McManus has visited in his travels as a private hire taxi driver taking clients around the country amd across Europe.
The wide variety of views on show in the exhibition are united by the beautiful painting style of Mr McManus, who says he is greatly influenced by the Impressionist painters and that he especially likes the works of Edward Seago, Edward Wesson and John Yardley.
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Mr Hill said: 'He has quite a light, vibrant palette. He uses a dry brush watercolour technique like that used by Edward Seago and Edward Wesson.
'It basically means a lot of the mixing of the colours are done on the paper instead of on the palette, and one of the nice things about the work is that the white used within the paintings is literally the paper itself.'
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Mr McManus, who lives in Soham, Cambridgeshire, recently had his work pre-selected for the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolour and has been awarded full membership of the Institute of East Anglian Artists (IEA). He also won the Ruth Hill Memorial Award for the finest painting at the first IEA open exhibition in March 2013.
He has recently been featured in a DVD produced by Town House Films called One Hour Watercolours With Ian McManus IEA.
As well as being able to enjoy looking at Mr McManus' paintings in the exhibition, visitors will also be able to watch the artist at work at the gallery throughout the day this Sunday, Monday and Wednesday.
A Watercolour Diary VII opens on Saturday and runs until Wednesday at The Gallery, Picturecraft, in Lees Yard, off Bull Street, Holt. The exhibition is open from 9am until 5pm on Saturday and from Monday to Wednesday, and from 11am until 4pm on Sunday.
For more information, visit www.picturecraftgallery.com