Exhibition of paintings by Mark Woollacott at Echo Beach Fine Art Gallery in Ilfracombe at Ilfracombe

The stunning, large, photo-realistic maritime paintings by West Country painter Mark Woollacott are currently on display at Echo Beach Fine Art Gallery at Ilfracombe this August, in association with Art Trek.

This month-long solo exhibition runs until Sunday 31st August, and shows Mark’s finest and most recent maritime paintings, all showcased in the picturesque North Devon coastal town, which now boasts nine art galleries and numerous craft shops and has already attracted several high profile published UK artists to the town and continues to be a growing, exciting and vibrant hub for the arts in Devon.

Mark is helping to raise funds for the Ilfracombe RNLI, which need a new state-of-the-art Shannon class lifeboat and launcher/recovery system, and is donating 10% from the sales of his paintings to the RNLI. Echo Beach Gallery owner, Nina Lording, has created a RNLI display in the gallery complete with equipment, fundraising literature and a RNLI collection box kindly lent by the Ilfracombe RNLA president, so visitors to the gallery can also give donations if they wish to.

Included in the exhibition is Mark’s dramatic painting of the record-breaking J.P. Morgan Ben Ainslie Racing AC45 catamaran, which is to be displayed for public viewing for the very first time. Painted on canvas and measuring 36in by 24in, it is priced at £1,695.  Also on show will be one of Mark’s many paintings of Thalia, a historically important Victorian gaff-sail cutter, owned by David Aisher, Rear Commodore of Yachting at the Royal Yacht Squadron, Cowes, Isle of Wight. Another impressive painting on display will be Coral of Cowes, an elegant wooden yacht built in 1902. This painting measures 47¼in by 31½in and is priced at £5,950.

Mark trained in Art and Design in 1982 and has worked and lived in the Westcountry all his life. He is constantly inspired by the North Devon coastline and by the elegance and beauty of sailing boats. Mark spends weeks working on his detailed acrylic paintings. His painting style is best described as ‘photorealism’, where he pays careful attention to light, shade, detail, and colour interpretation in order to achieve a high degree of artistic realism. As a professional studio-based artist, he paints in a traditional manner to produce artworks that centre predominantly around maritime themes.

Echo Beach Gallery, 4 Broad Street, Ilfracombe, Devon. EX34 9EE.
Open seven days a week 11am-5pm. Free admission. 01271 267007 or echobeachgallery.co.uk

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