Friday, 11 September 2009

An Avian Extravaganza: Colin See-Paynton Exhibition enchants at The Brook

Coinciding with the launch of Budleigh Salterton’s first Literary Festival on Friday 18 September the town’s Brook Gallery will be exhibiting until 19 October a wonderful selection of ‘Avian Alphabet’ woodcuts by a renowned artist viewed as a ‘national treasure’ for his skill and craftsmanship.

“His delight in the lines of a bird so elegantly inscribed by the cut of his graver, his skill in varying texture… his palpable pleasure in composing his subjects into joyous designs have brought something new to the portrayal of birds,” comments the celebrated naturalist Sir David Attenborough of Colin See-Paynton. Above: A Gaggle of Geese

Widely regarded as the leading exponent of the art of wood engraving, Colin See-Paynton, with his exhibition ‘Of a Feather: An Avian Alphabet’ brings an elegant vision of our feathery friends to Budleigh Salterton’s renowned gallery this autumn. The series of prints has been produced from a body of fresh new engravings, launching with a talk by the artist at 3.00 pm on 18 September followed later by a private view party at the gallery.

Pictured above: Sir David Attenborough, left, with Colin See-Paynton

Collections of Colin’s work are also held in the UK at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford, the National Museum of Wales and the National Library of Wales. Worldwide he is also held in many private collections and his work is exhibited at the Berlin Graphotek, the Fremantle Museum and Art Gallery in Australia, the Gaudi Salon in Barcelona and the Yosemite Wildlife Museum in California.

A Fellow of the Cambrian Academy, an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers and a member of the Society of Wood Engravers, Colin brings a new vigour to the art of printmaking while earning praise as a meticulous observer of the natural world.
Above: Tidings of Magpies

Opening hours: 10.30am - 5.00pm
Closed Sunday mornings
Tel: 01395 443 003
Brook Gallery Ltd
Fore Street
Budleigh Salterton Devon

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