‘Moments of the West Pier Captured in Art’
In September 2023 Jackie Marsh-Hobbs, a historian expert in Brighton Seaside and the West Pier subjects, was putting together a a talk titled ‘Moments of the West Pier Captured in Art’. For which I was asked to provide and describe some of my prints that depicts the West Pier.
West Pier Rampion Flowers and Wind Farm
This is my homage to the naming of the Wind Farm, it was a competition in schools, the winner, a young student, named the wind farm after the Rampion or Pride of Sussex flowers that are unique to chalky soils. read this news here
Cormorants West Pier Antique Ochre and Blue
This print is an expression in my classic colours of the extraordinary remains of the West Pier and its current most singular and abundant dwellers, the cormorants. I am an architect and in putting together this print I discovered so many beautiful details like the ornate column capitals or the lovely surround banding of finials that now hung like clothing in a drying line.
The Diving Cormorant Under the West Pier
This print is not only a flight of fancy but also a real account of the magnificent diving skills of the cormorants, this one swimming among the remains of the West pier and bathed by shimmering underwater sunbeams.
West Pier and Rampion Wind Farm Silver Grey
The West Pier and the Rampion Wind Farm sit together as expressions of engineering achievements of different eras.
West Pier and Rampion Wind Farm Eventide
I often get asked by collectors to revisit my prints with different colourways. This often leads to creation of collections
Brighton West Pier
The remains of the West Pier. The legacy of the Victorians and the industrial revolution. Thanks to the advance of the technology and the promotion of wellbeing leisure piers were built across Britain to welcome all segments of society. The West Pier was described as the most beautiful in the country, sadly only the complex wrought iron structure remains