The paradox of watercolour, regarded for years as the amateur's
medium, is that it is unbelievably difficult to
use. Its transparency means that adding to a painting will
inevitably make it darker, while oil paint's glutinous thickness
allows the artist to layer on light like icing on a
cake. Watercolour is made up of films of pigment, delicately
held together by gum arabic, layered by drying water over sheets of
paper. Great cunning is required to get exactly what you want. Or a
very open mind.
This exhibition brings together the work of artists who rarely
if ever work in the medium alongside those well-known for their
expertise in it; those highly regarded and those little known. It
is a chance to see watercolour used in an exploratory way, hung
right next to work made with planning and forethought.
The exhibition was prompted by the recent publication of 'Basic
Watercolour: How To Paint What You See', by artist and writer
Charles Williams and will be opened by Angela Flowers.