Making a Splash is a show of around 40 small watercolours and drawings of the Cirencester Open Air Swimming Pool by Alan Brassington at The Dollar Street Gallery, 34-36 Dollar Street, Cirencester, Gloucestershire from 22nd May and continuing throughout the summer. Prices start from £150. A small run of illustrated posters signed by the artist is also available.
Alan Brassington: Dollar Street Gallery CirencesterThis exhibition is a portfolio of sketches and watercolours made by Alan Brassington in the summer of 1996 when he first came to live near Cirencester. He visited the open air swimming pool and was amazed by what he saw and decided to record its daily life with a series of drawings. The atmosphere would change according to the time of day and he would record the hour on each sketch : early mornings would be quiet with serious swimmers getting their exercise, warming up during the morning and by the afternoon frenzied activity of all ages from children to the elderly.
Alan Brassington: Dollar Street Gallery CirencesterCommenting on his forthcoming show Alan Brassington says, ‘This series of work is very close to my heart and I have saved it until now. Although I have exhibitions of my work in London and New York I felt that Cirencester was the right place to hold this show. One of my passions is studying life and this series of figurative work is very different from my normal work’’.
Alan Brassington is an internationally recognised artist who has been artist in residence at the Royal Ascot Racing Club for the last 11 years. Well-known for his near life-size oils of horses his work hangs in many collections including Cartier, Sony Eriksson, the Duke of Devonshire and HRH Prince Faisal of Saudia Arabia.
The exhibition will be opened by Lady Apsley on Saturday 22nd May at 5.30pm (the same day as the Open Air Pool opens for the summer season) which is very appropriate as the Bathurst family originally made the land available for the pool to be built in the late 1860s.
A catalogue of postcards of the show will be available at the exhibition.
Gallery hours: Tuesday to Saturday, 10am – 6pm
The Dollar Street Gallery
34-36 Dollar Street, Cirencester, Gloucestershire GL7 2AN