Exhibition: Hidden Gems

2 February until 26 February 2022
India Durban
Painters in East Anglian Artists are currently gearing up for a big, bold show at Norwich Cathedral's Hostry early next year.

Called “Hidden Gems” it will be deliberately different to their previous shows and it will take place from 2-26 February 2022.

Spurred on by the need to fill the beautiful gallery space with exciting and bright works, IEA members are aiming to try new things in their work. It’s all part of the celebrations of the group's 10th anniversary. 

Mari French
India Durban
Melodie Cook
Brian Ryder
Brian Ryder (2)
Mari French
India Durban
Melodie Cook
Brian Ryder
Brian Ryder (2)

For founder, Brian Ryder, ROI, and a past president of the IEA, it’s a culmination of a four year quest to learn to paint in an abstract way. After nearly 30 years as a professional painter, he has been wanting to paint more loosely, yet without “fussing”.

His usual Salthouse marsh paintings are collected round the world and feature huge skies above sparely painted cows and marsh.

These two new paintings - see photos - are a departure from that representational approach. The dark lines at the top are the colours of an overcast sky with blue grey rain below. He’s painting more to make an arresting group for the show.

He says: "There are many more talented technical painters around than I will ever be. But I’m trying to paint feeling and emotion."

Other members are also approaching things differently. Hilary Carter, whose small evening woodland scenes in oils have always proved popular, is working on something completely new. 

She says: "I’ve been enjoying making some large and bright collages for this show. They’re not finished yet, but I’m excited about them.”

Pastel Society Member, and IEA provisional member, Melodie Cook, is entering a pastel of a transformation series she’s been working on. This one is called “Metamorphosizing”. It’s an impressive100x80cm!

Young associate member, India Durban, has been making more of her trademark huge and bright portraits.

She says: "I’ve used pure red and yellow in places. It all depends on having a good
photo with golden, dappled light.”

These paintings are just some of the works of art that will be on show in the Hidden Gems exhibition in the Hostry from 2-26 February 2022. The exhibition's opening times will be Monday to Saturday 10am-4pm and Sunday 10am-3pm.

Different painters will also be giving demonstrations during the show and more details about this will be available nearer the time at www.eastanglianartists.com