Alan Cotton ‘Coast’


9 April – 9 May 2021

In this exhibition we are showing more than twenty paintings by Alan Cotton, one of Britain’s leading landscape artists, of the coasts of Cornwall, Devon, Somerset, County Kerry, Jersey and the Isle of Skye.

Depicting the the varying moods of the sea as well as the precipitous rock formations and crags that form our coastline, Cotton’s carefully constructed pictures reflect the quiet convolutions of nature and yet its constancy.

There is a strong structure that underpins Cotton’s works; each painting is based on copious sketches giving his pictures vigour and substance but, with his subtle understanding of nature, also a delicacy.

Cotton is a master of painting with the palette knife; a technique which allows for no approximation and the exhibition will reveal the full extent of his remarkable talent in giving almost sculptural form to paint.

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Alan Cotton [ 1938 - Present ]

Born in Redditch, Worcestershire Alan Cotton began painting as a small child with brushes made from his mother’s hair. It was this interest that took him away from the monochrome grime of the town into a landscape where he could create his own sense of order. He recalls an early memory of sitting low down on the edge of a barley field drawing the shapes of the plants displayed against a blue sky

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