A few weeks ago my wife and I spent a few days in the Wirral to see pictures I had in the annual exhibition of the National Acrylic Painters Association in the Williamson Art Gallery and Museum, Birkenhead. I was so pleased with the hanging of my work and so impressed with the beautiful gallery, a truly local gallery so well looked after, away from all the razzamatazz of the Tate Liverpool etc. across the Mersey.
The NAPA group is a really well run traditional society with elected membership for acrylic painters only. Next exhibition in the Crypt Gallery, St Ives in October. I was very pleased to win the society’s Adrian Henri Memorial Prize for my work in the Birkenhead exhibition. Adrian Henri, a former President of the group, was one of the old Liverpool poets with Roger McGough and Brian Patten and
was also a well known painter who had been a prizewinner at the John Moores. In Liverpool we saw a wonderful exhibition of Matisse cut out prints at the Walker Art Gallery, Art Books of Henri Matisse
which runs until April 15th. Beautifully arranged and curated. We were staying in New Brighton and had a day by the sea on the Wirral coast where I managed to brave the icy wind to do some drawing at Thurstaston Beach.