Boat House Gallery 4 Artists-Four Aspects

Mel King, Michael Fletcher, Ian Hay and Julia Vezza (clockwise)

4 ARTISTS - FOUR ASPECTS is an exhibition of works by four Essex artists committed to exploring their individual response to the landscape. All are members of The Colchester Art Society.

All four artists live on the Essex/Suffolk border and all are very active painters and exhibit widely.

Michael Fletcher grew up in London, studied at Chelsea School of Art and then taught in Adult and Further Education. After taking early retirement he spent several years dividing his time between London and Spain, and moving to Wivenhoe in 2009. ‘Growing up, studying art and living in London was not an encouragement to work from the landscape but the door opened twenty five years ago in Spain. Since moving to Essex the landscape has become his prime interest. The selection of work he is showing here represents the slightly more sombre side of the Essex/Suffolk border.

Julia Vezza also moved to Essex 9 years ago. My paintings have had water as a recurring theme. Alongside the sea and the coastline the river Stour has proved a stimulating subject to explore, both in her painting and printmaking.

Julia Vezza was born in Braintree, she studied at Bath and Hornsey Schools of Art. Then she lived and worked in London, teaching art until 2009 dividing life and work between La Indiana, Ronda and London before moving to Wivenhoe, Essex, where she continues to paint and she has resumed etching at The Cuckoo Farm Print Workshop, Colchester.

Mel King went to Central School of Art followed by the Royal Academy School, leaving in 1976. Mel doesn’t drive and he explains: ‘Travelling by public transport allows me access to fleeting views of the landscape that I would otherwise miss. I take mental ‘snapshots’ of the passing scenes which provide just enough residual memory for me to work up paintings in my studio; I carefully avoid being too topographical. Long live the bus pass!’

Ian Hay’s artistic introduction to Flatford Mill was in 1957 ‘when I enrolled on a residential landscape painting course run by Anthony Atkinson and Stan Riley. I was at the Colchester School of Art at the time. In many ways their enthusiastic teaching inspired my love of painting East Anglia’s landscape and seascapes that I have continued to develop to the present day.’

In 1960 Ian went on to the Royal College of Art and taught in art schools for many years including Colchester Art School where he has a gallery there named after him. Ian has been a member of the CAS since 1967.