Artist Exhibition: Colin Veitch

flower screen print

Colin in his studioFrom Monday 10th January to 28th February 2014 Colin Veitch will be exhibiting ‘Plants, Places and Pets’, a mixed media prints and painting exhibition.

The show will consist of screen prints, collographs, monoprints and dry point prints, an oil and some acrylics.

Colin told us a little about his history and experience:

1969-1980 Theatre ‘’set and costume design career’’ began at the Connaught in Worthing in two weekly repertory and ended at The Royal National Theatre, London via a stint with the BBC Television at Pebble Mill studios in Birmingham;  Basil Brush show, The Brothers, Pebble Mill at One just a few of the many thousands of productions I painted.

The next ten years saw me grafting  in the world of feature films; hiring theatrical props for dressing sets from Out of Africa, Passage to India, Raiders of the Lost Ark to several James Bond features.

With the dawn of the 1990s the film industry in the UK was in the doldrums, a change of direction was required and I became a Civil Servant with The British Council  Contemporary Art Collection in visual Arts Division, based in London. This was until along came a position with a company called John Lewis Partnership who sought a Social Secretary 1996-2013. Here, I arranged the social activities for Partners (employees) from trips abroad to local football matches to major corporate events such as Seaside Special-hiring a steam train running from London’s Victoria station to Weymouth in 2006 or buying out one of London’s West End Theatres – musical Mary Poppins. Everything was heavily subsidised and Partners paid a fraction of the real costs. It’s true John Lewis Partners get superb benefits however very few of them actually take up the generous offers.

I retired in March of this year and returned to my love, painting. I have spent the year either demonstrating my painting techniques in HobbyCraft venues at Northampton , Milton Keynes and Stevenage or lecturing to the Women’s Institute. My art portfolio has developed this year, as I have attended several print study courses the Curwen at Chilford Hall in Cambridgeshire. I will be continuing these studies into 2014.

Full but empty studio Chris Veitch


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