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Notice: Journeys In The Holy Land By Alexander Creswell At Watts Contemporary Gallery

Published on: 5 Apr, 2019
Updated on: 5 Apr, 2019

This spring, Watts Contemporary Gallery will present a new body of work by renowned watercolourist, Alexander Creswell, made during his recent travels in the Holy Land.

For the first time, ‘Journeys in the Holy Land’, will show 30 new paintings in Creswell’s distinctive, light-infused style, depicting the region’s sublime landscapes and architecture.

Petra: Street of Facades by Alexander Creswell.

Returning to Watts Contemporary Gallery after two successful exhibitions there and his instalment as G F Watts Associate Artist 2009-2011, Creswell renders scenes from the Holy Land with characteristic draughtsmanship, employing light and darkness as his muses, and the patina of stone and earth as his palette.

The exhibition will run from Saturday, April 27 April to Sunday, June 9. Admission is free.

As with all Watts Contemporary shows, all paintings in the exhibition are for sale, with proceeds directly benefitting Watts Gallery Trust’s learning and outreach programme, which has over 29,000 participations each year. Prices start at £2,500.

Creswell describes his decision to travel the region encompassing Israel, Jordan and the West Bank as a ‘voyage back to my architectural roots’.

Alexander Creswell has been likened to JMW Turner RA and to David Roberts RA, but his fluency with light is quite his own. He has long taken inspiration from the work of G F and Mary Watts, and, with his home and studio in Surrey, has been a regular visitor to Watts Gallery since childhood.

Alistair Burtenshaw, Director of Watts Gallery Trust says: ‘It is a privilege for me to be able to announce the return of Alexander Creswell to Watts Contemporary Gallery this spring for ‘Alexander Creswell: Journeys in the Holy Land’ – the next in our prestigious programme of selling shows. The exhibition will bring to the Artists’ Village the textures, patterns and vistas of Alexander’s recent travels to the Holy Land, through a specially created series of paintings – all in the distinctive light-infused style that makes Alexander’s work so evocative.’

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