New Views on Norfolk

The Gallery Norfolk presents an exhibition of new Norfolk inspired art, opening on the 15th April and running till the 10th May.

Seven sought-after artists, known internationally for their work as illustrators in the world of media, express their personal love of Norfolk in an exhibition opening on April 15th at The Gallery Norfolk in Church Street, Cromer.

Limited edition screen print

25 new works of art

25 works of art, nearly all them specially produced for the exhibition – exemplifies the vibrancy, energy and eclecticism that has become The Gallery Norfolk’s trademark since it opened in summer 2012. With limited edition prints, drawings, watercolours and wood engravings (and prices starting at under £100) the exhibition offers accessible, exciting work – both originals and limited editions – by established names.

Limited edition silkscreen print 560mm x 380mm

 The artists Norfolk connections

All the artists have connections with Norfolk and two of them live in the county: Paul Bommer recently moved to Cromer from London, and his screen prints unite an irreverent sense of humour with a rich sense of time and place; Toby Morison, admired for his fluent, evocative drawings and watercolours, made a trailblazing career in London and New York before returning to live and work in Norfolk, where he grew up.

 

Londoner Sarah McMenemy spent her childhood holidays in North Norfolk and all the charm and confidence of her style is captured in a colourful view of Cromer’s seafront that has proved one of The Gallery Norfolk’s most popular prints. Chris Wormell, the distinguished wood-engraver, is celebrated in East Anglia for his serenely powerful imagery for the Southwold brewery Adnams; the exhibition will feature his engravings for The Story of a Norfolk Farm, written by Henry Williamson, author of Tarka the Otter.

 

Tom Frost’s parents live in North Norfolk, but he is based on the other side of the country, in Bristol, where he produces bold, witty retro iconography that often adapts motifs from old posters and packaging; Julia McKenzie – based in South London, but a frequent visitor to Norfolk, where she has close friends who are also artists – creates intricate images that transform motifs from nature, sometimes combining them with elements from maps; Andy Lovell, who makes his home in land-bound Gloucestershire, but enjoys making frequent visits to Norfolk, produces evocative, subtly-hued prints that, in the artist’s words “are distilled from paintings and drawings done on location, imprinting a memory of mood, form and place”.

 

About The Gallery Norfolk

Polly Miller, who owns and runs The Gallery Norfolk, has an established relationship with all these artists and feels that visitors to the exhibition will immediately appreciate the way each piece captures the essence of the county. “People who live here or who visit Cromer and the surrounding area love to ‘buy local’,” she says, “and that passion extends from locally sourced produce to prints, paintings and objects produced by artists who draw inspiration from Norfolk’s landscape and atmosphere. This exhibition brings together the work of seven people who each express the spirit of Norfolk in a very distinctive – and sometimes idiosyncratic – way.”