AN EXHIBITION OF ARTWORK BY DARREN WOODHEAD

SOC HQ, Waterston House, Aberlady, EH32 0PY

Date: 18 November 2017 - 10 January 2018
Time: 10am - 4pm daily except during the festive period, see below
Price: Free entry

Top wildlife artist Darren Woodhead returns to exhibit at Waterston House with his new collection of artwork…

This new collection of work is mostly inspired by the East Lothian landscape and its natural history but also by recent trips to Norway to paint the Scandinavian Owls. The show will consist exclusively of watercolours, all painted in brush and on location. By working direct from life like this, Darren aims to retain the freshness and energy that working purely outdoors brings, often in extreme weather conditions.

The new work further explores the artist’s fascination of colour, shape and pattern, as well as the life, character and energy of the birds and insects found on his days out in the field, achieving movement and life with the minimal of marks: “The works are narrations and events, stories on show from time spent observing in this world of uncertainty for our natural environment; it is a celebration of the delicate beauty that we have on our doorstep”.

Darren was born in West Yorkshire in 1971 but has lived in East Lothian for over ten years, since moving to Scotland in 1996.  He is a graduate of the Royal College of Art in London. His work is held in many public and private collections including a commission for The Duke of Edinburgh’s 90th Birthday in June 2011. He has twice won the prestigious Swarovski/Birdwatch magazine Artist of the Year award and was invited to appear on BBC ‘Springwatch’, demonstrating his painting techniques live on the ‘Unsprung’ show in June 2013. Subsequently, he was made Artist In Residence for the following ‘Autumnwatch’ and ‘Winterwatch’ programmes, working and demonstrating live on BBC2, Internet and BBC Red Button. He has also featured on the BBC’s ‘Landward’ as well as BBC Radio Scotland and STV.

Darren was also appointed Artist in Residence for The Inner Forth Landscape Initiative, working with and alongside the RSPB and several other cooperating organisations. He has recently won The Wildlife Trusts’ Undersea Art Award, which has seen him take his watercolour work under water, a unique and ground- breaking way of working that was featured on the BBC’s Springwatch programme in June 2017. He has also just been awarded the Roger Clarke Award at The Mall Galleries in London.

He is a member of The Society of Wildlife Artists (SWLA) and served on the Society’s council in 2006/2007. In addition to his many awards, he has been invited to join expeditions with The Artists for Nature Foundation, which has allowed him to take his painting skills to India, Peru, Ecuador, Israel, Sark, Portugal and the Spanish Pyrenees. He recently spent time working in Arctic Norway around the Varanger Fjord.

Darren’s exhibition opens in the Donald Watson Gallery at Waterston House on Saturday 18th November and runs until 10th January 2018. The cerntre is open daily from 10am-4pm (closed 25th December to 1st January).

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