Gareth Jones accepted into the East Anglian Group of Marine Artists

The Gallery Norfolk is delighted to announce that Gareth Jones has been accepted as a Candidate Member with the East Anglian Group of Marine Artists. His work can be seen at the gallery and a forthcoming exhibition will be announced later in 2014.

The East Anglian Group is a highly regarded and select number of artists – no more than 35 are allowed at any time to ensure the highest quality. Candidate members exhibit with the group before being considered for full membership at the annual general meeting.

Gareth trained at Flintshire and Loughborough Art colleges then going on to a highly successful career in Graphic Design and illustration. Art, however remained very important to Gareth and in 2010, he chose to follow his dreams and explore his capabilities as a painter.

‘The coast and countryside provide my main inspiration’, says Gareth, ‘I am constantly seeking to improve my skills and I enjoy a growing reputation for my work, with seascapes in particular becoming a speciality’.

2012 saw Gareth’s first one-man show and also acceptance into the Royal Society of Marine Artists Annual Show at The Mall Galleries London - at the first attempt.

The East Anglian Group of Marine Artists

The East Anglian Group of Marine Artists came into being in 1979 when six amateur and professional marine painters, inspired by the surroundings and a shared enthusiasm for depicting the marine scene, met at the famous "Butt and Oyster" pub at Pin Mill on the banks of the River Orwell, Suffolk.

Soon, others were invited to join, amongst them being some well-known and highly regarded artists with a leaning towards East Coast subject matter. An inaugural exhibition was held in Ipswich early the following year, since when the group has moved from strength to strength with a steady improvement in standards and diversity.

The group has an association with Mandell's Gallery in Norwich and will also be regularly exhibiting in galleries throughout East Anglia and beyond. Most recently, the group enjoyed a very successful exhibition at Thompson's gallery in Aldeburgh, Suffolk. Although the over-riding theme is work depicting the East Anglian maritime scene, members do travel to other parts of the world from time to time with equally good effect.

The group will celebrate it's 35th anniversary in 2014 and is looking forward to many more to come.

Oil of waves I
pastel - Morsten
pastel of Blakeney quay