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On show at Modern Art Oxford

From Saturday, one of my paintings will be on show in an exhibition called The Oxford Open at Modern Art Oxford, formerly the Museum of Modern Art, Oxford.

It’s an open exhibition, which means that there was no panel to select which paintings should be included. Artists just brought their work along, in droves!
Viewers can make up their own minds about what they think is worth looking at or not, rather than art works having been filtered by so-called art experts.

This is a good thing for me because so-called art experts are often prejudiced against watercolours, regarding them as second rate or amateurish; never mind that watercolour is regarded by artists as one of the hardest mediums to work in. For me watercolour has a natural spontaneity which causes delightful quirks, but is fraught with danger – you can’t change stuff once you’ve put it down! This means you have to be confident in your work and be prepared to trash it at any stage.

The painting I have submitted is my very popular 2005 composition Ridgeway Parade:


I thought I would show a painting depicting places in Oxfordshire; places which might chime with viewers. You can find out much more about the many things featured in Ridgeway Parade here.

The exhibition is on at Modern Art Oxford, 30 Pembroke Street, Oxford, OX1 1BP from Saturday 12 January to 17 February. The museum is open Tuesday to Saturday 10am – 5pm, and Sundays 12pm – 5pm, closed Mondays. Phone 01865 813830 for information.

I’m going to the official artists’ opening on Friday – I’ll report back on the event afterwards.

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