Brighten up your day with Bath Markets and
Bath’s Markets and Festivals will be on view
at Bath & North East Somerset Council’s Victoria Art Gallery in
a forthcoming exhibition which opens on Saturday 26 May 2012.
Colourful street market scenes and local
festivals, which will be familiar to many residents of and visitors
to Bath, are brought to life in the exhibition of work by
French-born artist Richard Burel.
A former winner of the Bath Society of Artists
Public Choice Prize in 2003, Richard’s pictures often feature busy
scenes with quirky characters to draw viewers in.
His “Bath Markets and Festivals” show will
include up to 30 new works, the majority inspired by local events
and people. One painting, entitled “Ripe and Juicy” features the
colourful fruit and vegetable stall in Kingsmead Square, Bath.
Richard Burel previously exhibited at the Gallery in 2006.
Councillor Cherry Beath (Lib-Dem, Combe Down),
Cabinet Member for Sustainable Development, said: “This talented
young artist is able to capture the atmosphere of a fun day in
Bath, and looking at his colourful paintings is a great way to
brighten up the day. Bath & North East Somerset Council’s
Victoria Art Gallery is in the middle of a very exciting period
where it will be showcasing the work of a wide variety of artists.
Residents and visitors will find much to keep them entertained at
the Gallery this summer season.”
Richard was born in Rouen, France, in 1974 and
moved to Bradford-on-Avon near Bath in 2000. The work on show is
mainly acrylic, with pastels, inks and collage added to the
painting to develop texture and colour. All works are for sale.
Jon Benington, Manager of the Victoria Art
Gallery, said: “Completely self-taught, Burel recreates Georgian
streetscapes using collage and paint. His French temperament
comes to the fore in the shape of humorous observations and simple
narratives. The figures and details in his pictures are ones that
have either amused him or fired his imagination. You always feel
that you would like to visit or indeed re-visit a Richard Burel
The opening of the Richard Burel show marks
the start of a further major exhibition at the Gallery titled
‘Sculpture and Sport: A Celebration for 2012’. A stunning
collection of bronze sculptures created by thirty top British
sculptors, each one features a different Olympic or Paralympic
Both exhibitions run until Sunday 1 July. The
Victoria Art Gallery, near Pulteney Bridge in Bath, is open Tuesday
to Saturday 10am to 5pm, Sundays 1.30pm to 5pm and closed on
Mondays. Admission is free. For more details call 01225 477233 or
visit the Gallery’s website http://www.victoriagal.org.uk/