Roger Pickett – 4th March to 27th March 2009

The Atmosphere of Britain & France

4th March to 27th March 2009
Open evening 5th March 2009 7-9pm

This exhibition covers many areas of landscape, towns, cafés and buildings where the atmosphere of the place has been captured. Roger Pickett delights in laying large washes that often dictate the mood of his paintings. Here you will find watercolours and pencil sketches, both large and small that will recall the atmosphere of delightful corners of two diverse countries and cultures, from northern Scotland to the Mediterranean.

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Roger Pickett is a retired Chartered Surveyor who has been painting in watercolour for the last 30 years. His pictures have been hung in various exhibitions including:

  • Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours Annual Exhibitions,
  • Britain in Watercolours at The Mall Galleries,
  • The Bedford Park Summer Annual Exhibitions,
  • Father & Daughter exhibition at the Kingston Episcopal Office,
  • Christmas Exhibition at St Julian’s Country Club, Sevenoaks.

Much of his inspiration has been gathered from travels throughout Great Britain and France. His subjects are often landscape, architectural and topographical subjects with details creeping in from time to time. Somewhat inevitably, his love of buildings, colour and landscape combine to create watercolours that evoke the atmosphere of place. His other love, of dark toned washes and texture, constantly emerges in his paintings. Upland and coastal Britain continue to provide many subjects, as has the landscape, buildings and café society in France. More recently, portraits of buildings have been subjects for paintings.

His passionate love of sketching constantly provides material for watercolours that are culled from the copious sketchbooks accumulated over many years. Sketchbooks are filled with details of buildings, bridges, people, landscape, farms, ships, tractors, details and anything that catches his eye. The artist has lived and worked in Bedfordshire and Surrey and is currently living in Kent where the shipping on the Thames and the Kent coast is inspiring entries in sketchbooks.

Almost all his work is in watercolour or pencil drawings although he hopes to be able to do more work in pastels and return to oils in the months ahead. The love of watercolours has dominated his work for many years, having been inspired by the great watercolourists of the past and present. He sees it as a medium that is greatly overlooked in times when the Art Establishment seems keen to exploit the sensational and drawing has become a forsaken discipline. Watercolours, he believes, always have been and will probably always be a niche for the art lover who understands or wants to discover more about a medium that constantly surprises the viewer.