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Norwich, Norfolk and Beyond

Sat 31 Oct

Multiple days: The Atrium

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Bethel St, Millennium Plain, Norwich, NR2 1TF

01603 727 950

An exhibition of recent paintings by John Patchett IEA

Norwich, Norfolk and scenes from further afield spring to life as you’ve never seen them before. The bustle of Norwich market place and its adjacent street scenes, warm summer days dining ‘al fresco’, harbour locations, peaceful Broadland retreats and holiday locations are all included in East Anglian artist, John Patchett’s latest major exhibition of recent paintings, to be held at the The Forum, Norwich.

Art lovers and particularly John’s many followers find his work a fascinating combination of relaxed handling of pastels mixed with an ability to capture and manipulate those allusive qualities of light and colour.

In conversation with John Patchett you quickly get an insight into why he is an artist and a highly respected and successful one at that: 

“My paintings are essentially about the quality of light and colour. When I feel I have started to master these qualities, I quickly begin to realise the potential they have for conveying a wide range of moods and atmosphere”.

He is regarded as one of the country’s leading exponents in the art of pastel painting. He has held over 48 successful solo shows in Australia and England and his work has been exhibited in Japan, New Zealand, with the Pastel Society, The Royal Society of Marine Artists and as a prizewinner at the Laing Exhibition at the Mall Galleries, in London. Over the years, John Patchett’s pastel paintings have featured in articles in the The Artist and Leisure Painter magazine.

He believes it is necessary to paint as much as possible on location, which has resulted in his work having immediacy and a strong sense of light and warmth.

St George's Day, Norwich Market by John Patchett

John feels that the hand can never achieve anything higher than the heart can command, therefore he chooses inspirational locations, where he can be enthusiastic about his subject and situation.

John will be attendance during the exhibition and looks forward to meeting members of the public, to answer any questions about his work.

Please note that COVID-19 government safety guidelines are in place to ensure that the public remain safe to enjoy the exhibition.

Main image: Cromer Crabs by John Patchett