Alan Cotton art exhibition at his studio in Colaton Raleigh

PUBLISHED: 15:55 30 November 2018 | UPDATED: 15:55 30 November 2018

Transylvania, gardens and barns at Miklosvar, by Alan Cotton. Picture: Steve Russell

Transylvania, gardens and barns at Miklosvar, by Alan Cotton. Picture: Steve Russell

Steve Russell

Landscape artist's exhibition will include new paintings of Transylvania, and scenes of Venice, Provence and the west coast of Ireland.

Transylvania, Zalanpatak, Hayricks in evening light, by  Alan Cotton. Picture: Steve RussellTransylvania, Zalanpatak, Hayricks in evening light, by Alan Cotton. Picture: Steve Russell

One of Britain’s most distinctive landscape artists Alan Cotton, whose work is usually exhibited in London’s West End, is putting on a rare two-day show at his home in Colaton Raleigh.

Every few years he decides to clear out the working studio at his house and turn it into a gallery, and this year it is happening on the first weekend of December.

“It will be a pleasure to welcome everyone along to share my latest paintings whilst enjoying a pre-Christmas drink,” he said.

Among the paintings he will be exhibiting are those inspired by a visit to Transylvania. Two summers ago he stayed in the remote village of Zalanpatak, where his Royal Highness the Prince of Wales has restored a number of houses, to help develop tourism and support sustainable farming. Alan and his wife Tricia were privileged to stay in the Prince’s house. The wildflower meadows, hayricks and village cultivation provided rich material for a series of paintings of this pastoral landscape.

Donegal, dramatic light over the loch, by Alan Cotton. Picture: Steve RussellDonegal, dramatic light over the loch, by Alan Cotton. Picture: Steve Russell

The exhibition will also feature new work from the west coast of Ireland and Hartland in North Devon, There will be paintings from Provence, Venice, Piemonte and the Isle of Skye.

Alan Cotton has been represented internationally by Messum’s Fine Art in Cork Street, London for the past 20 years, where his annual exhibitions have frequently sold out. He has work in the Royal Collections and in public collections worldwide. He has an honorary doctorate from the University of Exeter for his ‘outstanding contribution to the Arts’ and is Hon. Professor for the Arts at the University of Bath. He is President Emeritus and a founding member of the South West Academy, based in Exeter.

Alan has accompanied his Royal Highness the Prince of Wales as Tour Artist to Sri Lanka, Fiji, Australia and New Zealand. He travelled as Expedition Artist to Mount Everest with explorer David Hempleman-Adams in 2011 and in September last year, just before his London Exhibition, they were in the Alps, on the Matterhorn and Mont Blanc.

His exhibition is open for two days only - Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd December from 10am to 5pm, at Brockhill Studio Church Road, Colaton Raleigh.

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