Artist commissioned to paint the Queen and London 2012 coming to Slimbridge

Gazette Series: Artist commissioned to paint the Queen and London 2012 coming to Slimbridge Artist commissioned to paint the Queen and London 2012 coming to Slimbridge

AN exhibition featuring flamingos by one of the UK’s most noted artists will be opening at WWT Slimbridge this month.

Cotswold artist Jeremy Houghton will be bringing an exhibition of large scale oils and monochromatic watercolours to the Cheng-Kim Loke Gallery as part of the ‘Flight’ exhibition on Sunday, January 19.

WWT Slimbridge is a fitting setting for the works as houses the country’s largest flock of flamingos and is one of the main UK sites for research into the species.

Mr Houghton said Slimbridge is the perfect setting to exhibit my most recent ornithological studies.

“The late great Sir Peter Scott founded this Wetland Centre – he too enjoyed painting birds in flight, so it feels very right to continue and support his legacy.”

The celebrated painter was one of the official artists for the London Olympics in 2012 and has been commissioned to paint HM The Queen.

Gallery manager, Beverley Hardman, said: “Our visitors love to see paintings in the gallery of birds that they can see here and flamingos are one of the key focuses of a day out at WWT Slimbridge.

“Jeremy’s work really captures the beauty of these enigmatic birds.”

Alongside Jeremy’s work there will be pieces by Danish artist Ben Woodhams who is a watercolour painter and printer and Laura Spindler, a textile artist.

The gallery show within the visitor centre will run until March 10.

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