Exhibition

James Dodds - Wood to Water

12 Dec 2015 – 14 Feb 2016

Firstsite

Colchester, United Kingdom

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  • Colchester North Station, direct from London Liverpool Street

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James Dodds - Wood to Water sees the return of this popular local artist to the landmark Colchester gallery after an epic voyage.

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In 2001, firstsite @ the minories held a retrospective exhibition called Shipshape tracking the painter and print-maker's solo course from boat builder to boat portrayer. The intervening fourteen years have been monumental for Firstsite and for James. 

James Dodds - Wood to Water features paintings of local boats from the river Colne, and more broadly explores the evolution of small wooden fishing boats all down the East Coast. His linocuts link these beautiful and practical vessels to the people who built and used them. James celebrates the value of our local area, offering an insight into the spiritual and political role small boats and waterside communities have in his heart.
 
Ian Collins, writer, exhibition curator and champion of East Anglian Art has written the exhibition book. Ian was also the author of James's prize-winning biography Tide Lines in 2011, and curator of Masterpieces: Art and East Anglia at the Sainsbury Centre, in which James featured prominently, in 2013/14. 

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