Watercolour and the World: The Art of Alexander Creswell
BY PETER TRIPPI
The British wastercolourist Alexander Creswell (b. 1957) does not permit grass to grow beneath his feet, so this month finds him opening his latest exhibition at New York City’s Forbes Galleries.
A defining feature of Creswell’s art is his lifelong desire to explore the world, which surely began the day he was born in the British embassy at Helsinki, where his father served as ambassador. He grew up shuttling between various capitals and his boarding school in England, Whinchester College, where he discovered his passion for art.[…]
This season Creswell has finally found the perfect space to execute large works. His benefactor, oddly enough, is the once-renowned Brtish academician G.F. Watts (1819 – 1904), who lived and worked in the village of Compton, Surrey, a 30-minute train ride south of London. Following a sensitive renovation and expansion, the Watts Gallery is set to re-open to the public on June 18, filled with the master’s paintings, drawings, and sculptures. Just across the street is the Great Studio, and this April Creswell became the first painter to use it since Watts’s death in 1904.[…]
Fortunately, American admirers can see nine Creswell works from The Forbes Collection, plus a dozen others, at New York City’s Forbes Galleries between May 6 and September 10 2011.
To read the full Fine Art Connoisseur article: FAC_Creswell_article May 2011