Tony Bellars – Guaranteed to raise a smile

By janetuplin |

Guaranteed to raise a smile, even on the most dreary of Spring days, is the latest exhibition to open at The Ropewalk arts centre in Barton upon Humber.

Norfolk artist Tony Bellars’ exhibition, Self-Portrait with Flowers, shows the influence of the North Norfolk coast near to where he lives at Kings Lynn.

“This new exhibition is of quirky, cartoon-like painted constructions which predominantly feature women, or stereotypical male myths of women to more precise,” said The Ropewalk’s Exhibition Officer, Richard Hatfield.

“Tony’s vivid colours are reminiscent of the painted canal barges from the Norfolk Broads or a saucy seaside postcard,” he went on.

“The exhibition, which runs until June 3, is full of wit, humour and invention and is full of colour,” Richard continued.  “It is guaranteed to raise a smile.”

The exhibition, which fills Gallery One, has already attracted wide-spread interest.

“I think that at the moment, particularly with the cold weather, rain and heavy showers we have been experiencing in the past few days, people have been enjoying Tony’s colourful palette which puts us in mind of the summer months to come,” Richard added.

The exhibition is open from Monday to Saturday between 10am until 5pm and on Sundays and Bank Holidays between 10am and 4pm.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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