Artizan Gallery to hold Exhibition for Marc Heaton

(Torbay – 30 May 2017) Artizan Gallery will be exhibiting an exciting selection of works by Marc Heaton in June, as part of the Artizan 2017 Solo Series.

Marc Heaton is a versatile Welsh artist, born in 1973 in Pontypridd.  A fluent Welsh speaker, Marc graduated with a BA in Fine Art from Central St Martins’ College of Art and Design in 1996, studying under Eileen Cooper (RA) and Maurice Cockrill (RA).  He has been working as an artist for over two decades and is now based in Torquay.

Having spent the majority of his summer holidays in France, Marc’s stylistic development was heavily influenced by observing sailors, circus performers, and day-to-day characters on the streets and in bars and restaurants on the continent.  Other artists’ work has also had an impact on his paintings and sculpture, including Chagall, Miro, Matisse, Ronald Searle, and early illustrations in Punch magazine.  Marc’s studio is filled with a humourous mix of found objects, paintings, drawings, and sculptures

Exploring many genres over the years, Marc now produces whimsical, poetic, and humourous pieces, creating works filled with fascinating characters and gripping concepts.  These paintings all begin with a search for a character to build the work around, sifting through the thousands of character studies and sketches that Marc has made over the years.

Extraordinary Gathering will run from Saturday 10th until Friday 30th June in Artizan’s Garden Gallery.  The Private View opening event will be held from 6-8PM on Saturday 10th June.  The exhibition is curated and stewarded by Artizan Gallery – 7 Lucius Street, Torquay TQ2 5UW.

Marc Heaton’s exhibition will be running alongside Jennifer Harris’ exhibition, Below the Surface: A Retrospective.

For further information, please contact Julie Brandon at juliebrandon@artizangallery.co.uk or telephone 01803 428626.

About Artizan Gallery (@ArtizanGallery)

Artizan Gallery was opened by Julie Brandon in 2014 in response to a 2012 ‘Open Space’ event which asked the question: “What is Torbay’s Cultural Future?”.  Determined to nurture and contribute to the thriving artistic community in Torbay, Julie took inspiration from places like Birdwood House in Totnes and TAAG in Teignmouth, aiming to create an elegant and comfortable space to promote local artists’ talent.  2017 sees Artizan Gallery embarking on a bold new venture: the 2017 Solo Series will run throughout the year, with a focus on showcasing individual artists in month-long exhibitions.

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