A Tribute to the Royal Navy
16 – 28 July
Solo exhibition of a collection of oil paintings of Royal Navy Ships at sea and in harbour – 1900 to 1970’s.
Leonard Murrell spent his informative years in Deal on the Kent Coast and developed an affinity with the sea and coastline. He subsequently served 15 years in the Royal Navy followed by 40 years in the Defence Industry.
Largely self-taught he took up painting in the early 1990’s. He works from his studio in North Hampshire and paints exclusively in oils. He starts each painting with thin darks to mid-tones and then lights adjusting the values and rounding the forms as the painting develops. He quite often wipes out with a rag – the ‘ghost image’ retained can quite often offer an atmospheric feature to the composition to capitalise on for seascapes. His preference is to work in the studio using a collection of photographs and sketches accumulated over the years.
His paintings focus notably on marine subjects and will be appreciated those who have an interest in the sea, boats, harbour locations and our shoreline.
Currently he exhibits at The Frame Gallery in Odiham, Oxmarket Gallery, Chichester and Bygillian Gallery, Bourne End.