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Out of Paint & Print: Colin Veitch
Friday, July 1, 2016 @ 10:30 am - Friday, July 29, 2016 @ 4:30 pm
During July, we welcome Colin Veitch to the Gallery. Here Colin tells us something of his background and his work…
I had ‘a day job’, for 44 years that took me into four different careers;
· Scenic Artist Repertory Theatres
· Feature Films & Television Studios
· A Civil Servant with The British Council
· Events Organiser The John Lewis Partnership
Each one of the above career paths moulded me but sadly tore me further and further away from my true love of painting. None of the above careers made me a fortune or brought me artistic recognition.
Success eventually came at the Royal Academy of Arts summer exhibitions throughout the 1990s, where my pictures were hung and sold. On the back of these achievements I was appointed registrar for the Visual Arts department of the British Council. In hindsight, it was a wonderful experience being part of the Art Establishment.
Politics played a large part in my various career changes. Whichever Government was in power would either throw money at Art projects or make me redundant.
In retirement, I am ‘Living Art ‘ . . .
In August 2013, I discovered the fascinating world of printmaking thanks to the Curwen Print Study Centre at Chilford Hall near Linton Cambridgeshire. In June 2014, I was awarded the accolade of Artist of the Month from the prestigious J gallery in Moulton, Northamptonshire. Since then I have been pro-actively been promoting my exhibitions and shows around: Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire, Northamptonshire, Lancashire and in London.
My exhibition at the Three Hares Gallery, Out of Paint & Print, could mean that I have run out of these materials; on the contrary, these are the mediums that I will be displaying in my solo exhibition.
For 34 years I have been trying to master the discipline of painting in water colours, oils and until quite recently acrylics. However, it was oils, that I master which brought me success at the Royal Academy summer exhibitions throughout the 1990s.
As for printmaking, that is comparatively recent achievement, August 2013 is when I first began. All thanks to the wonderful tutors at the Curwen print study centre at Chilford Hall, near Cambridge, who diligently taught me all aspects of the wonderful world of printing making: Monotypes and Intaglio printing, Collographs, Relief printing, engraving, aquatints, photo screen, lithography and solar prints. It’s a very exciting medium and one you will see well represented in my body of work. I hope you enjoy my work and if you’d like to see more please visit my website at www.colinveitchart.co.uk