Preview: Four exhibitions worth a visit this week in Norfolk

Broadland artist David Dane pictured at Sutton Fen. Picture: James Bass

Broadland artist David Dane pictured at Sutton Fen. Picture: James Bass - Credit: Eastern Daily Press © 2014

Norfolk Broads painter David Dane shows in as new gallery, French masterworks in Great Yarmouth and Spanish artist Ampparito subverting objects this week offers diverse exhibitions. SIMON PARKIN previews.

• David Dane: Visions

The Boathouse, Ormesby Broad, until November 27, 11am-4pm, admission free, theboathouseormesbybroad.wordpress.com

It has been two years since Norfolk painter David Dane last presented an exhibition of his distinctive paintings, depictions of the Norfolk Broads and surrounding rural landscape, many of which have been displayed worldwide. This exhibition, backed by corporate sponsors Aston Shaw, and held at one of the most beautiful venues on the Norfolk Broads, The Boathouse, formerly The Eel's Foot pub, features a brand new collection of original paintings and high-quality Giclée prints. Over the past 40 years or so that David has been interpreting the Broadland scenery in his own mystical style, winning parise for his ability to capture the essence of the Broads. This remarkable talent has propelled him to become one of the best-selling artists of fine art prints in the UK. His most famous piece is the Romantic Mill, which has sold hundreds of thousands of copies. Last year, David suffered the worst possible tragedy, the loss of his beloved son. This has forever changed the artist's life and has had a major influence on David's craft; his most recent works invoke an undeniable sense of spirituality. Visions is very much in homage to his late son, William.


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• Christmas 2016

West Barn Gallery, Great Walsingham Barns, until January 31, Tues-Sun 10am-4.30pm, admission free, www.walsinghamgallery.co.uk

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Seasonal exhibition at West Barn Gallery that this year welcomes some new artists this year including, printmaker Kate Heiss, painter Rachel Thomas painter and ceramicist Emma Williams, whose work is shown alongside gallery regulars and extended ranges of prints, ceramics and jewellery. Kate Heiss worked as a textile designer across a wide range of fashion brands before setting up her own printmaking studio in 2011. Her small limited edition prints, dynamic, bold and illustrative in vibrant fresh colours, are inspired by nature, especially the flowers and birds of the local landscapes. Rachel Thomas studied textile design at Art colleges in Great Yarmouth and West Yorkshire, before moving to London then onto Barbados. She now works from her studio in Martham with painting reflecting movement and pattern in nature, the changing seasons and light. Emma Williams makes low fired decorative ceramic bowls in her Nottingham studio from black and terracotta clays using the press-moulding process. She draws inspiration from observations of the natural world and from childhood memories of seaside holidays spent beachcombing and rockpooling. The exhibition is open daily over the Christmas period except Christmas Day, Boxing Day and January 1 and 2.

• Winter Exhibition

Skippings Gallery, King St, Great Yarmouth, Wed-Sat 11am-4pm (and by appointment), 0747 2572398, www.skippingsgallery.com

Looking for the ideal Christmas present for the man (or woman) who has everything? Try this winter exhibition at Skippings Gallery which includes 19th and 20th century masters and surprise objects, brought back to Norfolk from buying trips to Paris. Amongst the works are a small collection of delicate sketches by a mystery artist active in Barbizon (c.1909), lovely impressionnist landscapes by Manuel Barthold (1874-1947), a selection of late works by Eric Scholz, and a beautiful flower painting by Lucien Madrassi. There is also a French gogotte, an style of artworks whose wonderous forms inspired artists from the Surrealist movement.

• Carrots, Sticks and Other Thoughts

Moosey Art, Bridewell Alley, Norwich, until December 4, admission free, 01603 928282, www.mooseyart.co.uk

Young Spanish artist Ampparito, who works subverting objects, meanings and realities to generate new experiences, the subject of the latest exhibition at Norwich urban art gallery Moosey. He began painting murals 10 years ago in public spaces, now his practice has enriched, involving different means like installation, performance, objects and more. Always with a personal style, he faces concepts, contradictions or social behaviors from an ironic and enigmatic point of view, aiming at generating pieces as 'detonators'. These may arise a wide range of results from the most absolute indifference to the deepest reflection through disorientation and contemplation. This show includes a set of paradoxes and reflections depicted by artefacts or images, which may be read from several positions. Some of them are alive and will mutate during the exhibition.

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