Contemporary Masters from Britain at the Yantai Art Museum in China

Contemporary Masters from Britain opens at the Yantai Art Museum in China today. There was a symposium and official opening ceremony for lecturers and contemporary painters from across China followed by a Private View which was attended by hundreds of people.

I think this is a great start to the 4 museum show across China which Robert Priseman has curated and co-ordinated; his vision and commitment to painting is amazing – thanks Robert for including my painting in this exciting venture.

Between the 7th July 2017 and 10th January 2018, 80 works of art drawn from the Priseman Seabrook Collection will go on display in 4 Chinese art museums for the very first time. The Priseman Seabrook Collection is an official collection partner of Art UK

The host institutions are the Yantai Art Museum, Yantai, Artall Gallery, Nanjing, Jiangsu Art Gallery, Nanjing and the Tianjin Academy of Fine Art, Tianji

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…what is compelling about painting, is what is out of the control, what is beyond intention: the sensuous, viscous quality of paint.”

Between Us: British Painting in China by Judith Tucker artist and senior lecturer at the University of Leeds, UK



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New English Art Club Annual Exhibition 2017 Private View

New English Art Club Annual Exhibition 2017 opened yesterday and we attended last night’s presentation ceremony at the Private View to see my selected seascape painting Blue Sky Thinking. It was nice to meet up with fellow Suffolk artist Rebecca Moss Guyver who has been one of only two artists selected by the NEAC for their Drawing Scholarship Programme. Exhibition continues until Sunday 25 June and you can view the selected works online here.


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New English Art Club Annual Open Exhibition 2017

Delighted to have my large painting Blue Sky Thinking selected for this year’s New English Art Club Annual Open Exhibition. Held at the Mall Galleries this exhibition is now firmly established as a fixture of the London Summer Season exhibiting paintings and drawings made from direct observation. Alongside the work of the New English Art Club members, the exhibition includes over 100 paintings, drawings and original prints selected from an open submission. Click here to view the exhibition online.

The New English Art Club exhibition opens Thursday 15 June 11am – 8pm and runs until Sunday 25 June 2017. Open 10am – 5pm (closes 1pm on final day). If anyone would like an invitation to the Private View please contact me.

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Contemporary Masters from the East of England

Contemporary Masters from the East of England at The Cut, Halesworth in Suffolk, 25 April – 3 June 2017, Tues – Sat 10 am – 4 pm. Enjoyed the Private View on Saturday meeting up with fellow artists and seeing this exhibition (one of my Seascapes included) which draws 35 works from the Priseman Seabrook Collection of 21st Century British Painting which is housed in North Essex. It is the only art collection in the United Kingdom dedicated to painting produced in Britain after the year 2000 and was initiated by artists Simon Carter and Robert Priseman.

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Delia Tournay-Godfrey at Reading Contemporary Art Fair 2017

Reading Contemporary Art Fair 2017 was lots of hard work but great fun. Lovely to make new artist friends and meet with new buyers/contacts who are interested in my paintings. Comments ranged from ‘peaceful’, ‘atmospheric’ to ‘paintings with simplicity, but not stark or barren; a beautiful display’ which is very gratifying. Also there was lots of interest in the location of my seascapes and landscapes so maybe we’ll have a few more visitors to the beautiful Suffolk coast!

I shall look forward to taking part in Windsor Contemporary Art Fair 2017 which is taking place 10-12 November.

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Suffolk Figurative Painter at her Beach Hut Studio

Suffolk Figurative Painter Delia Tournay-Godfrey shares some thoughts and images of her first days of painting at her Beach Hut Studio at Brackenbury Cliffs in Felixstowe. ‘After buying the Beach Hut unexpectedly last Summer and spending some time doing repairs I have finally managed to get the oil paints out and do some work! I can’t really explain the feelings I have as I park up and walk down to the hut, the light and air is so distinctive and it surrounds me, the space that opens up in front of me is immense; views stretch away north to Old Felixstowe and Bawdsey and south as far as Walton on the Naze, the enormous cranes and workings of Felixstowe Dock are diminished and look like tiny pinpricks on the distant horizon; all of this accompanied by the sounds of the ever-changing sea either crashing furiously or gently lapping on to the shore. Sometimes the beach is completely empty, lonely and melancholy, another day it is full of families enjoying the sunshine and more often than not just a few people wandering around, walking their dogs or enjoying their time on the Suffolk Coast; tiny figures occupying the vast space, couples, groups, walkers, solitary people. And then there is the architecture of the promenade, the breakwaters and warning posts standing guard in the sea; the railings and the shadows cast from all of these features creating endless possibilities for future work. I look and look for ages and gradually focus on one or two compositions, I know there is a wealth of material here for me to paint. For a figurative painter who works from direct observation it is complete joy!’


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