Beach Hut Art. Brighton Seafront by Hove Plinth and Kings House Antique Ochre and Blue



‘Beach Hut Art. Brighton Seafront by Hove Plinth and Kings House Antique Ochre and Blue’

I depict in this art print, one of the loveliest walks in Brighton: the expansive view of Brighton seafront by Hove Plinth and Kings Road with the quintessential seaside beach huts. These little houses are built just for the leisure of spending time by the sea, enjoying a cup of tea and reading the paper or your favourite book.

Panoramic format. Print size 124 x 30.5 cm approx. Signed print from a limited edition of 100. From original ink drawing to which I apply colour digitally. Printed on fine art paper using archival inks.

Hove Plinth

Hove Plinth is a community art project by Hove Civic Society on the historic Hove seafront. It endeavours to showcase a changing programme of contemporary sculpture. The first sculpture on Hove Plinth is Constellation by Jonathan Wright. This sculpture is part mechanical model of the solar system, part film camera and part ship’s compass. The sculpture is a celebration of Hove with images associated with Hove’s past and present.

Kings House Hove

Kings House was built between 1871 and 1874 by James Knowles; originally it was built as seven mansion blocks, and was based on the style of Osborne House on the Isle of Wight. It then became a hotel, called the Prince’s Hotel, before being used by the Royal Navy during the Second World War. It has currently been converted and extended to create sixty nine apartments.

Brighton seafront Hove Lawns

The area of grass stretching from the Brighton boundary to St John’s Road is known as Hove Lawns and is possibly one of the most remarkable swathes of turf in the UK. The 1830 Act laid down that no building should be erected south of Brunswick Terrace; the only items allowed were fencing and street lights. The Lawns were looked after first by the Brunswick Square Commissioners, then by the Hove Commissioners, followed by Hove Council and from 1997 by Brighton & Hove Council.

Beach hut art

My friend Clive describes the joy of owning a beach as ‘The piece of the coastline that is ours alone. To have a place to sit, to laugh, to socialise, to think, in front of an endlessly advancing and receding sea, while, above, the seagulls squawk and swoop, and life’s problems seem but a distant flag, waving on the horizon.’

Beach huts are perfect for people watching: people paddle-boarding in the still  cerulean waters, or your next beach hut neighbours in flip-flops, carrying wine coolers and hampers. In a beach hut you can meet friends, sunbathe, chill. And after a cold dip in the sea, make a cup of tea. Beach huts are leisure at its best.

Coastal art

This art print has a seaside theme. If you liked this print you can discover more Coastal Art prints in this link.

‘Antique Blue and Ochre’ is the first colour palette I created.  I borrowed the colours to form this palette from a miniature painting I saw at the Museum of Fine Arts in San Francisco. The painting depicted a palace in India that I transcribed into my print of the Brighton Royal Pavilion. The Indo-Saracenic style of the Brighton Pavilion validated this exercise. I did it instinctively with the result of a modern print with evocative echoes from the past.

Photograph of the base drawings for the art print. I draw these on A3 sheets of specialised marker paper with calligraphic brushes, fine-line ink pens, sponges, sand paper and other materials. The medium is ink and sometimes watercolour and charcoal. I scanned these to form the main line work and patterns in the final print.
Beach Hut Art. Brighton Seafront by Hove Plinth and Kings House Antique Ochre and Blue’


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