Prince of Wales and Alexander Creswell art exhibition at Watts Gallery, Compton
PUBLISHED: 12:50 13 May 2015 | UPDATED: 12:50 13 May 2015
Ewhurst painter Alexander Creswell is famous for his glorious, large-scale architectural paintings.
Working in watercolour and using a subtle palette and skilled draughtsmanship to capture natural light, his buildings positively breathe atmosphere.
Also an accomplished marine artist, he paints watercolours not just en plein air but literally en plein mer. Having designed a special, carbon-fibre ‘sketch pad’, he captures the action of racing yachts while strapped to the rear seat of a speedboat!
His spirit of adventure is evident in much of his work and he has just completed a full-scale ceiling painting that is now with a private collector in New York.
“I love the enormous technical challenges that these larger works present,” says Alexander. “I find the opportunity to paint on such a scale hugely liberating.”
In a current exhibition at Compton’s Watts Gallery, which runs until Sunday June 7, Alexander’s watercolours and sketches share wall space alongside signed lithographs by Prince Charles.
The Prince of Wales was first introduced to Alexander’s work in 1991 by Sir Brinsley Ford, former chairman of Watts Gallery Trust. Alexander was subsequently commissioned by the Royal Collection to paint a series of watercolours between 1993 and 1997 that depict Windsor Castle after the fire and during its restoration.
He then acted as official artist of the Prince’s tour of Europe in 1998, recording the architectural scenes and presenting them in a book.
• The exhibition of work by HRH The Prince of Wales and Alexander Creswell runs at Watts Gallery, Down Lane, Compton GU3 1DQ until Sunday June 7. See wattsgallery.org.uk. Both artists are also supporters of Watts Gallery’s Limnerslease project.