23 May 2019
Watts Contemporary Gallery
An Evening with Alexander Creswell
Thursday 23 May, 6.30pm
£10 | Friends £9
Situated within Creswell's Watts Contemporary exhibition, Journeys in The Holy Land, hear about his recent travels in the Holy Land and the series of watercolours he painted there, plus gain an insight into his techniques.
words by Alexander Creswell
After the grandeur and precision of my series of paintings in Westminster Abbey exhibited there in 2018, I wanted to focus on subjects of equal magnificence but with a less formal approach, and a return to the Holy Land seemed a natural progression. It is privilege to be showing some paintings from my journeys at Watts Contemporary Gallery.
These journeys began in Jerusalem, exploring the hectic streets, the intricacies of gateways, fountains, the grandeur of mosques, churches and temples, from the Western Wall to the Holy Sepulchre and on to the Dome of the Rock. Jerusalem is several cities in one, each jostling for space, unified by faith and divided by dogma. While the city has a humble beauty, its stones resonate a spirit of exceptional complexity manifested over several millennia by the intensity of the beliefs and hopes of inhabitants and pilgrims alike. I worked on hasty sketches in the crowded streets & spaces, with broad splashes in watercolour and little time for details as I attempted to capture something of the power and peace of the place.
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