British paintings now on exhibit at Westport River Gallery
Published 4:51 pm, Thursday, November 18, 2010
New British paintings are now on display at the Westport River Gallery in Westport through Nov. 30. Works include English countryside paintings by Stephen Hawkins; Scottish, English and Venetian Seascapes by Stanley Andrews; and sporting dog etchings by 89-year-old Henry Wilkinson.
Andrews has been a member of the Royal Society of Marine Artists for many years. He has exhibited widely in the Midlands and South of England, including the Singer and Friedlander Watercolor Exhibition and the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolor. He also taught many classes in painting, influencing the next generation of English painters. He enjoys gardening, works by Monet and has been influenced by noted painter Edward Seago. "Watercolors and oils have freshness, spontaneity, atmosphere and a pleasing impression." His fluid style favors beach scenes, harbors, estuaries, towns and landscapes.
As a child, Hawkins combined an enthusiasm for horses with a love of drawing. He soon displayed a natural artistic ability which led him to produce equestrian and countryside paintings using a variety of medium. Since moving to Sussex 16 years ago, Hawkins has concentrated on oil paintings, mainly of the South Downs. These capture the subtle changes of light and shade, throughout the seasons. The inclusion of sheep and cattle in many of Hawkins' landscapes helps to convey the peaceful atmosphere of Downland life. His paintings have been exhibited at the Royal Society of Equestrian Artists and at various exhibitions around England, and at the Westport River Gallery.
Wilkinson was born into an artistic family, his father having been taught to paint by John Ruskin, eventually became the headmaster of Winchester College of Art. His genuine deep love and understanding for country life, rural pursuits and well bred dogs. It was while living in Winchester that the young Wilkinson learned the first skills of Gun Making, climbing out of the scullery window in the evenings to work, unknown to his father, at the famous gunmakers "Hamond of Winchester." It was at Hammonds that Wilkinson first became fascinated by engraving, learning from the craftsmen who decorated the metalwork on the hand-made firearms. Today Wilkinson is one of the last remaining qualified Muzzle Loading' gun maker in the country. Following his early studies at Winchester College of Art, entrance was gained to the Royal College of Art in the Painting School.
Westport River Gallery excels in French, American and Asian fine art. It is at One Riverside Ave. in Westport.
The gallery is open 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday; Sunday noon to 5 p.m.
For more information, call (203) 226-6934 or visit www.westportrivergallery.com.