Paul Couper, David Hill, Andy Whitson & Max Wildman

Four Galleries

26 March – 7 April

A diverse exhibition of recent work by Paul Couper and Andy Whitson.

Paul Couper

Aviation and aviation art have been a lifelong passion for British born artist Paul Couper. From an early age he was fascinated by the mysteries of flight and after a number of years as an Air Cadet and not having the academic qualifications to be an RAF pilot, Paul decided to combine his fascination with art and aviation into a career. Prompted by the illustrations in ‘Flight’ and ‘Aeroplane’, he studied technical illustration at Portsmouth College of Art, where the aviation theme naturally flowed.

Upon completion of his studies, his dream started to take shape and he was offered his first illustration job at ‘Flight International’. Here he learnt how aircraft are designed and constructed, with this knowledge and the guidance of some of the best illustrators in the world Paul learnt how to draw and paint aircraft with the technical accuracy needed for such a subject.

After a number of years at ‘Flight’ and armed with the skills learnt there he pursued a freelance career working in many fields including aviation, while all the time honing his aviation art skills and improving them with every completed picture. A move into oils and acrylics gave him the flexibility to paint on a grander scale and with more realism.

In 2002, he was invited to join a like-minded group of artists in the ‘Solent Aviation Art Society’ and was prompted by the positive response at their exhibitions to also become a Friend of ‘The Guild of Aviation Artists’ in 2004. His next dream turned into reality in 2005 when he had two paintings accepted for the Guilds annual exhibition in London.

Paul was proud to be awarded the prestigious ‘Arthur Gibson Award’ for the best painting by a first time exhibitor for the painting ‘Chopburg’

Paul has exhibited regularly since both with the ‘Solent Aviation Artists’ and the GAvA and has won several prizes for his painting. In 2007 he was made an Associate of the Guild of Aviation Artists.

Awards

E J Riding Memorial Prize 2016 GAVA Exhibition
Alex Henshaw Trophy GAVA Exhibition
Arthur Gibson Memorial Trophy GAVA Exhibition

David Hill

David Hill is returning to the Oxmarket with more photographs from his travels.

This time he has ‘shunted’ his beloved steam trains of previous exhibitions into a siding, and concentrated more on the people he has seen along the way.

Hence, we’ll see scenes from the vast deserts of Mauritania, of toiling dock workers in Myanmar, women labouring in the brick works of West Bengal as well as a few old favourites from China. No tourist destinations here.

David Hill has regular shifts as a night picture editor on the Daily Mirror.

Andy Whitson

Andy is a London based artist whose work explores not only the visual but also the non-visual. His study over the past two years of biomorphic form and micro-landscapes has led him to produce some extraordinary pieces of work, as he discovered and developed new shape, colour, design and texture.

He looks at the relationship between the world’s most deadly bacteria and the struggling effects that antibiotics have on them, and displays his work to demonstrate their beautifully defiant and resistant character, whilst at the same time having a sympathetic understanding for their existence.

His artwork is also visceral, and invites the viewer to think about what is under the first layer of thought and to comprehend the unrelenting divergence of the human mind. Some work has been untitled, to provoke a pure and more diverse response.

Andy’s inspirations have come from Bacon, Dali, Picasso and Condo to name a few. He is soon to commence a postgraduate degree (Fine Art) in London, and will continue his themes, popular 3D canvasses and sculptures.

Max Wildman

It was inevitable that after a long-held interest in all forms of primitive and naive art, Max Wildman would eventually be drawn to the works of Alfred Wallis.

Indeed this was to happen one winter’s day during a visit to Jim Ede’s house at Kettles Yard in Cambridge. Viewing Alfred Wallis’ unique style at first hand and up-close had a riveting effect, and so began an enduring fascination for the life and work of this, the most enigmatic of St Ives characters.

Research into Alfred Wallis’ life, how he came to St Ives and how he was discovered, served only to intensify that initial interest in his paintings. A period of keen study was made of the methods, techniques and materials used by Alfred Wallis – followed by a number of experiments (conducted out of sheer curiosity!) painting seascapes and ships using only those same materials and paints that Wallis himself would have used.

After a few false starts, some satisfactory results began to emerge – but needless to say, the Wallis influence was inescapable and more and more, the style, character and spirit of Wallis’ work soon began to assert itself onto those early attempts.

It was not long before commissions were being taken from a growing clientele to produce works that were quite intentionally in the style of Alfred Wallis. Interest has continued to grow apace, and now this Chichester-based artist’s work is much in demand from galleries, auction houses and private collectors, both nationally and internationally.