Monday, 16 December 2013
A Nottingham Castle must see: Paul Waplington exhibition
On Saturday, Susan and I finally made it to Nottingham Castle Museum to see a temporary exhibition, Spotlight: Paul Waplington, which runs until 19 January 2014. It really is worth going to see. All his paintings in UK public collections are on display, plus a good few from private collections, together with a thirty minute ITV documentary about his work from the 1980s.
The painting below is entitled 'Footbridge' and in Sheffield City Museum, but it is actually of the footbridge beside the Old Basford level crossing in Nottingham. I first picked up on this painting and others at the end of 2012 when compiling a news story for The Nottingham Historian about the BBC Your Paintings website which, at the time, had just been launched.
His work is vibrant and graphic. It grabs your attention and draws you in. He appeals to me because his work was then set in Nottingham's inner city neighbourhoods and streets (Alfreton Road, Hyson Green, Sneinton). Some years ago he went to live in Portugal and he now paints people, landscapes and animals in the region where he now lives — a long way from work inspired by his days in the lace industry and as a left-wing activist in Nottingham.
If you live close enough, take this opportunity to see one of the best exhibitions I have seen in a while. You will not be disappointed.
Click here to go to BBC Your Paintings Paul Waplington folder, where you can see images of all his paintings in UK collections.