The University of Brighton College of Arts and Humanities is hosting a major retrospective exhibition of watercolour landscapes by the late Ian Potts at the Grand Parade Gallery from Saturday 30 July to Sunday 21 August 2016. The exhibition will be open to the public and will include works for sale.
Ian Potts is an important British watercolour landscape artist whose work has been added to several public collections, including The V&A Museum and Ashmolean. He was for many years a tutor in painting at the college and his work has been exhibited at numerous galleries in Britain, France and Italy, the most recent in London shortly before his death in May 2014.
Christopher Le Brun, President of the Royal Adademy of Arts says, "I am sure the exhibition will be a revelation to those who do not know of Ian's work and a welcome reminder and deepening of experience for those who do."
The works being shown in Brighton this summer are of land and seascapes from Brighton, Hastings, Bath, Windsor and the Lake District to wider Europe, including France, Italy, Spain, Egypt, Yugoslavia and Greece. The one oil landscape is a large, early work depicting Brighton’s lost West Pier.
William Packer - art critic for the Financial Times 1974 – 2004: “Ian Potts is a serious painter, whose work with watercolour is as ambitious as painting ever need be."
Ian lived in Lewes for many years and was an innovative force at Brighton College of Art - subsequently the University of Brighton College of Arts and Humanities - from the 1950s until 1995. As Head of Painting and Deputy Head of Fine Art, he assembled a team which included Antony Gormley, Dennis Creffield, Madeleine Strindberg and Brendan Neiland, all of whom have had considerable influence on the development of British painting.
Anne Boddington, Dean of the University of Brighton, says, "This inspiring and beautiful exhibition is a retrospective celebration of Ian’s life as an artist and the development of his painting and is hosted by the University of Brighton in honour of his achievements during the 40 years he taught here".
Private view and press: 29 July from 4pm.