|Royal Albert Memorial Museum|
Fine Art Gallery
Contours in Colour 7
"Tibet Sunlit Peakes and Deep Shadows Everest"
Alan Cotton is one of Britain’s most distinguished landscape painters, whose work is held in public and private collections worldwide. His distinctive paintings are laid onto canvas with painting knives using rich impasto pigments. This retrospective exhibition of his paintings spans over 40 years. The exhibition comes to RAMM following its opening at the new Centre for the Arts at the University of Bath. In 2006, The University of Exeter awarded Alan an Honorary Doctorate for his ‘outstanding contribution to the Arts’, and in 2011 he was appointed Honorary Professor for the Arts at the University of Bath. He is President Emeritus and a founding member of the South West Academy. Alan has accompanied HRH the Prince of Wales as Tour Artist to Sri Lanka, Fiji, Australia and New Zealand and travelled as Expedition Artist to Mount Everest with explorer David Hempleman-Adams. He is represented internationally by Messum’s Fine Art, Cork Street, London.
Exeter's Fine Art Collection
RAMM's collection of topographical prints, drawings and watercolours is a rich source of information about Exeter and its inhabitants. Featured in the display are some distinctive city landmarks, such as Mol’s Coffee House and the Higher Market. The fine art collection also includes outstanding British landscapes. Some of the finest will be displayed this autumn providing dramatic views of Wales, the Lake District and Yorkshire. The spotlight is also on the artist Cecil Collins (1908–89): an English visionary who drew inspiration from the prophecies of William Blake and Far Eastern philosophy. Collins was born in Plymouth and studied at the Royal College of Art. Between 1939 and 1943 he taught at Dartington Hall. The group of works on display were acquired by RAMM in 2001 through the National Art Collections Fund.
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