Exhibition in Wiltshire of new work by Patrick Cullen NEAC

Bundi to Benares, scenes of India painted by Patrick Cullen.

“In 2002 Tim Scott Bolton (painter and owner of the gallery) invited me to join a trip to India which was to be my first time in that country. We landed in Delhi but headed almost directly for Bundi which over the next few years established itself as my favourite place to paint in India. It’s appeal lay in its relative obscurity and  yet possessing all the quintessential elements of a Mogul fortified Rajastani city and on a scale that was manageable for the plein air painter travelling on foot. Over the next 15 years I made 20 trips to India, some to Bundi but also to many other places in Rajasthan, Gujarat, Punjab and Uttar Pradesh. In 2013 I went to Benares or Varanasi which to some extent took over from Bundi in the strength of its appeal to the painter in me.The sacred and the profane is rarely more intensely intermingled as in the streets and on the ghats of Benares.”  Patrick Cullen

“Patrick gave me a way of seeing India I had not experienced before; he opened my eyes to the life, movement and colour of this most exciting of countries.”  Ken Howard RA OBE

“I was deeply moved by the versatility and bravura shown by Patrick Cullen in the face of what must have seemed at first an incredible environment (Benares). Poetry plus riots of colour and human movement are anchored by a compositional sense that owes something at least to Degas in terms of cleverly cropped images. Perhaps the highest praise I can offer for his thoroughly convincing work is that it makes me wish to down  tools instantly and head for Benares.”  Giles Auty (art critic)

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Summerleaze Gallery
East Knoyle, Salisbury, Wilts SP3 6BY

Dates & times

25th November - 3rd December 2017

Gallery open: Mon -Sat 10.00 - 5.30, Sun 12 - 3


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