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W.A. Sutton: Watercolours Of Italy

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W.A. Sutton: Watercolours Of Italy

From The Colosseum in the centre of Rome, to the Dogana and the Grand Canal in Venice, W.A. Sutton: Watercolours of Italy at Christchurch Art Gallery takes visitors on an enviable journey around a country with an incredibly rich cultural history.

While Sutton is perhaps better known locally for his portrayals of Canterbury, this exhibition focuses specifically on the Christchurch artist's perception of Italian architecture and landscape.

In December 1973, William Sutton headed off on an extensive eight-month tour of Italy. He didn't take a camera - instead of using film to capture his surroundings, Sutton turned to his paintbrush to record famous buildings, ruins and vistas. By drawing and painting his Italian experiences, he developed a deeply personal appreciation and intimate understanding of his subjects.

Gallery Director Jenny Harper says the way that Sutton captures the sights of Rome, Florence and Venice in this exhibition invites the viewer to become part of the scene.

"From painting to painting, viewers are transported on a chronology of his journey around Italy, one moment wandering through the Boboli Gardens in Florence and the next, wandering through the streets of Anghiari in Tuscany."

Ms Harper says, "The fine detail Sutton applied to his work highlights the artist's exquisite skill and ability as a draughtsman and watercolourist."

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