Exhibition: Messum's Fine Art
28, Cork Street, London W1S 3NG
Wednesday 13th September - Friday 6th October 2017
Works on Paper
Alan has many drawing books full of drawings, watercolours and pastels, gathered from his many travels around the world. They are his source material for all the oil paintings completed back in his Devon Studio. Until now, he has never sold his drawings or the watercolours and pastels completed on the spot during his travels.
At his recent Retrospective Exhibitions at the University of Bath and the RAMM in Exeter, he included a room of drawings, mounted and framed, to show the starting points for his work. None of these were for sale, but they roused such interest, with many people asking to buy them that Alan has decided to mount and frame a collection of these for exhibition and sale at Messum's in Cork Street. The works on paper will be the main thrust of this exhibition, but there will also be oil paintings included in the show.
Dartmoor Otter Project Summer 2017
Alan has been involved in the Moor Otter project since last year, when the organiser, Dave Southern, invited him to select twenty professional artists to join him in painting a 3ft high resin otter, in any design of their choice. These will be auctioned at the end of September to raise money for the conservation 0f Dartmoor National Park. These otters, together with those of other artists, who submitted designs, will make up a 100 otters to be exhibited all around Dartmoor throughout the summer months. Whilst some artists have chosen to paint in their own individual styles, others have gone for the comic element, with Sherlock Holmes, Harry Potter, D’Arth Vada, Batman and even a bespectacled nun, making their appearance in venues around the moor. A booklet is being produced, with illustrations and a map, so that families or school groups can explore Dartmoor by going on an otter hunt. They can vote for their favourites and even post coins in their money boxes.
Alan chose “An Otter for All Seasons” (with apologies to Robert Bolt) and as you walk around the Otter he reveals some of the delights of Dartmoor throughout the four seasons of the year. Alan says that this is definitely a ‘one off’ - the only 3D Alan Cotton painting ever to be produced - a collector's item indeed!
Art 4 Macmillan Charity Auction and Dinner
Rockbeare Manor, Exeter
Wednesday 4th October 2017
Alan is a Patron of the Art4Macmillan Fund Raising Event and together with other artists and sculptors, has donated a painting to the Art 4 Macmillan Auction. This will be a sparkling event at Rockbeare Manor near Exeter with a drinks reception, canapés and elegant dining in the ballroom, where the auction will take place. The work will also be on view at St. Stephen's Church in the centre of Exeter (next to House of Frazer), on Friday 29th and Saturday 30th September. All the works in the auction will be exhibited there, together with other works which can be bought at the public viewing. For those who cannot make the dinner and auction at Rockbeare Manor on 4th October, sealed bids, to be included in the auction, can be left at St Stephens during the public viewing.
For tickets and more information about the Rockbeare Manor Dinner
and auction go to www.art4macmillan.events or contact Bridget Hill on 07801 307003
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Delamore Arts, Cornwood, Ivybridge, Devon PL21 9QT
Sunday 21st May 2017, 3pm
Alan Cotton at the Delamore Arts Sculpture Park, In Conversation with his biographer Jenny Pery
The Arts and Sculpture Exhibition takes place annually, every Day throughout May, at Delamore House and Gardens. It presents the largest collection of artists' work in one place in the South West. The extensive gardens feature ancient Rhododendrons and Azaleas, at their best in May, creating a vibrant and exciting backdrop to the finest Sculpture exhibition in Devon. There is also an exhibition by the Academicians of the South West Academy, in The Stable Gallery in the grounds. Based at Cornwood near Ivybrige, Delamore is right on the edge of beautiful Dartmoor and makes for a fantastic day out.
As part of the 2017 Delamore Arts Season, Alan will be in conversation with his biographer, the Art Historian, Jenny Pery about his many travels, with humorous stories and some hair-raising experiences. His talk will include journeys he has made as Tour Artist with His Royal Highness, The Prince of Wales, as Expedition Artist to Mount Everest, with explorer and adventurer David Hempleman Evans, and his most recent trips to Transylvania and to Provence, where he met with his friend, the Lacoste Poet - a fascinating Irishman, who allowed him to work in the
garden of playwright Sir Tom Stoppard.
Visit Delamore this coming Sunday for Alan's conversation with Jenny on stage at 3pm. Earlier enjoy the exhibition of paintings and sculpture in Delamore House and explore the wide range of sculptures in the beautiful gardens, including 20 otters painted by well known artists, which together with 80 others will be exhibited around Dartmoor throughout the summer.
For more information and to book tickets for Alan's talk, contact David on 01752 837663 or by email to email@example.com
Studio Exhibition at Brockhill Studio
3rd and 4th December 2016
10.00am - 5.00pm
After a gap of three years Alan is delighted once again to be opening his doors for a studio Exhibition at his home in Colaton Raleigh. After spending a long period working alone in his studio Alan says "it will be a joy to welcome everyone along to share my latest paintings whilst enjoying a pre-Christmas drink".
Following the terrific success of his London exhibition in the West End in September and October, this studio show features paintings from his recent travels to Transylvania along with work from the rugged mountains and swirling clouds of the Isle of Skye, the hill towns of Provence and Piemonte, the reflections in the canals of Venice and the wild coastline of Hartland in North Devon.
Transylvania is for many a land of legend and mystery, but for Alan it was an amazing discovery of an idyllic lifestyle unchanged for centuries. Alan was enthralled by the vibrancy of the wildflower meadows and has captured the hayricks and traditional farm buildings in his paintings.
In addition to the paintings there will also be 15 Limited Edition Prints only obtainable from the Artist's studio and the two biographies by Art Historian Jenny Pery, as well as catalogues from previous London Exhibitions.
Transylvania - Hayricks and Barns at Zalanpatak 41 x 51cm
Appledore Book Festival
Alan Cotton and Judi Spiers
Saturday 1st October 2016
As part of the Appledore Book Festival Alan will be in conversation with Judi Spiers, the well known broadcaster and writer. He will be talking about his two biographies, by Art Historian Jenny Pery "On a Knife Edge" and "Giving Life a Shape", both published by Halsgrove. Alan will also reveal his plans for a new book of his drawings to be published in 2017 and the audience will have a chance to preview some of them. Judi will also be asking Alan why he chose to travel to Transylvania in June 2016 and of his experiences in a landscape which is how England would have been before the industrial Revolution. He has long been interested in painting in this part of Romania and has followed the radio and television broadcasts by HRH The Prince of Wales, who has an interest in the sustainable farming methods of this region. Alan is quite excited by the prospect of working there. By the time the Appledore Book Festival takes place Alan will have spent the summer months in Transylvania and the audience may well see some of the resulting paintings. As well as a fascinating insight in to Alan's life and work, there will be a visual background to enhance his conversations with Judi.
Exhibition: Messum's Fine Art
28, Cork Street, London W1S 3NG
Wednesday 14th - Saturday 24th September 2016
Alan Cotton's next London exhibition opens on Wednesday 14th September 2016 at Messum's new gallery at 28, Cork Street. Alan is currently working on paintings from his recent visits to the Isle of Skye and a series from the West Coast of Ireland. More recently Alan returned to Hartland and travelled along the coast to Welcome Mouth. The result is a completely new set of drawings of this wild coastal region of North Devon, from which paintings are developing for his London Exhibition.
All the work for the London show needs to be ready for the catalogue by mid June, as Alan then plans to move to a completely new and for him, unknown landscape, when he will be travelling to Transylvania, complete with drawing books and watercolours. Although any work from there will not make the 2016 catalogue, Alan hopes that the very first of his Transylvanian paintings will be completed in time for this show.