THOSE of us fortunate enough to live in North Devon can appreciate the glorious landscape and the gentle pace of rural life, while being aware of the changes progress brings to the area. Colin Allbrook's paintings evoke the special atmosphere of the local countryside and its activities and will no doubt remain as a valuable record of the region and its people.
A new collection of his oils and watercolours, produced over the last 18 months, go on show at the Waterside Gallery in Instow. They show various aspects of Devon from the coast and moors to the countryside inland.
"In this latest selection of paintings I am still exploring, through light and colour, my themes concerning rural life here in the South West, be it farming, shooting and hunting or activities on the coast," said Colin.
"The paintings showing shooting parties, for instance, are the result of spending time beating for local shoots in sunshine and snow whereas those showing the coast were made after days spent there this summer.
"As the light begins to drop in the late afternoon and evening, the colours become so vibrant and it is at these times I especially enjoy being out drawing and painting."
The show will also include some paintings Colin made in the south of France in the last couple of years.
"I love the heat and light of the region with the villages and their cafés and squares."
Colin Allbrook's depiction of the beauty of the North Devon area has seen him elected to membership of the prestigious Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours. In its 2009 exhibition he won both the Turner Watercolour Prize and the Rowland Hilder award.
He is a versatile painter who is equally adept with watercolour, oil or pastel.
His skill in the quick and concise sketch enables him to catch the brief moment and mood of theatrical performers, children at play, domestic life and the marvellous luminosity of light that he achieves in his landscapes.
New Work by Colin Allbrook is at Waterside Gallery in Instow from Saturday, October 5 to Tuesday, October 15, 10am to 1pm and 2pm to 5pm daily.