Exhibitions to showcase work from Sibford artist

Artist Nigel Fletcher PNL-151011-104304001
Artist Nigel Fletcher PNL-151011-104304001

Work by a painter from Sibford Ferris has been selected from more than 1,250 entries to appear at an exhibition in the Mall Galleries, in London.

Nigel Fletcher’s oil painting of the harbour in Honfleur, in France, will be appearing alongside work by some of the UK’s leading artists in the Royal Institute of Oil Painters annual exhibition.

The exhibition runs from December 2 to 13. This is the first time work from Mr Fletcher, who lived in France for a time, will be appearing in the exhibition despite him having applied several times in the past.

He said: “I had sent a picture of my painting to the subscribers on my email list and I didn’t get a response, but I still had faith in this painting. I sent it off to the Royal Institute and they seemed to like it.”

He also has an exhibition which takes place in Swalcliffe Village Hall from this Saturday until November 22.

Mr Fletcher, who went to Banbury Art School, has been painting in oils for most of his life, mostly landscapes of the local area and still lifes and has also painted in watercolour.

After a career as a commercial painter and illustrator, with his work including the mural at Banbury Bus Station, Mr Fletcher decided to paint full-time. He now paints every day.

He has also submitted work to the Sunday Times Watercolour Competition.

The London exhibition will be open each day from 10am to 5pm, but closes at 1pm on the final day.

Admission is £3, £2.50 concession and free to Friends of Mall Galleries, ROI Friends, Art Fund members and under 18s.

The Royal Institute of Oil Painters was founded in 1882. For its annual exhibition, the institute selects its favourite paintings from the many that are sent in.