I wanted to share two new exhibitions that have sprung up, especially if you’re in the West Sussex area or fancy a visit.

The first exhibition is designed to coincide with the annual Arundel Tulip Festival which takes place in the grounds of Arundel Castle from mid-April to mid-May each year (which looks amazing from last years photos I’ve seen online!).

Held at The Victoria Institute, in Tarrant Street, Arundel, the exhibition has been organised by Tarrant Street Independents, showing tulip inspired artwork and a specially commissioned film by Graded Films.

I was approached to submit some work by Graded Films, and created two new tulip inspired pieces to exhibit.

The first is a large oil pastel drawing, ‘April Showers’, with a walker in the rain, set amongst a springtime flowerbed. I took so many photos in progress, to get distance from the work, that it looks like I made an animation.

The other piece is a lively still life painting in oil on canvas, painted alla prima, in one sitting, from a bunch of tulips that I bought especially.

The second exhibition, not far down the road from Arundel, is at the Oxmarket Contemporary gallery in Chichester, West Sussex. From 18-29 April they will be showing ‘The Artists of Sussex’, an exhibition of work from 8 different Sussex-based artists in their John Rank gallery. I was delighted to be asked to put some work in the show, and look forward to seeing it all come together.

I’ve submitted many of my favourite and latest pieces from the rain series, plus a few nocturnes.

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