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Alan Collins - Watercolours


Wed 19 Sep 2018, 10:00am–5:00pm
Thu 20 Sep 2018, 10:00am–5:00pm
Fri 21 Sep 2018, 10:00am–5:00pm
Sat 22 Sep 2018, 10:00am–5:00pm
Sun 23 Sep 2018, 10:00am–5:00pm

Where: Alfred Memelink Artspace Gallery, 223 The Esplanade Petone, Lower Hutt, Wellington Region

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

Listed by: Alfred Memelink

Alan Collins love of watercolour painting and the passion with which he paints brings a second solo exhibition titled ‘Alan Collins Watercolours’ to Alfred Memelink Artspace Gallery.

The exhibition features 40 new stunning watercolour paintings with many fresh and breezy paintings of scenes that are so familiar to us around his seaside home town of Eastbourne, Eastern Bays, Petone, Lower Hutt and Wellington harbour. There are other places that he loves and, returning to England last year, he painted the stunning night vista of St Pauls rising above the Thames and those long dreamy summers in the English countryside.

Those familiar with Alan’s style, will delight in this new collection which showcase his popular en plein air (outdoor painting) technique. As a master of observation Alan can find that perfect aspect for his subject. Then, from the moment he dips his brush into the paint and his brush strokes the page, amazing scenes start to unfold filled with wonderful movement and light which show that his brush is definitely an extension of his eyes and soul.

Alan’s feelings for watercolour are very expressive. ’We all have our loves, in some it leads to a passion or obsession or even an addiction. Mine, I admit is love of my wonderful wife but to be followed by an addiction to watercolour painting—to haul off a good watercolour is one of the most exciting things I know.”

Alan believes en plein air painters must be able to draw well and be able to cope with limited time, inclement conditions and spectators. He recalls how one of his outdoor painting pals, the late Peter Read, tactfully used to keep spectators at bay by flicking his huge mop brush loaded with magenta and the spectators were all air born as one.

Alan is an elected member of the New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts and a member of Watercolour New Zealand. His paintings are held in collections in Britain, Europe, North America, Australia and here in New Zealand.