Architecture Sailing by Alexander Creswell

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30 September 2010

Alexander has received commissions from the Queen, travelled as official artist with the Prince of Wales and exhibited all over the world - from London to Hong Kong, New York to Dubai, Slovenia to Johannesburg.

Alexander has received commissions from the Queen, travelled as official artist with the Prince of Wales and exhibited all over the world - from London to Hong Kong, New York to Dubai, Slovenia to Johannesburg. We're delighted to welcome him to the Poly this month, where he will talk on his two passions, architecture and sailing, and how he expresses them in paint.

His first book, The Silent Houses of Britain (1991), which explored many of the great but abandoned houses in this country, caught the public imagination, and established his career as a watercolourist. He's perhaps best known for the large set of watercolours he painted of Windsor Castle for the Royal Collection, depicting the fire and restoration in 1993 and 1997, published as a book, Out of the Ashes.

In the last two years Alexander has enjoyed the challenge of painting the great classic yachts, sketching in charcoal and paint while bouncing around in a chase boat, using his own Drawing Machine to keep his sketches dry at the turn of a handle. He has achieved recent success with some spectacularly large watercolours, some over nine feet in length. His remarkable and beautiful exhibition at Falmouth Art Gallery this August, Full Sail, was also a great success. Alexander is an experienced and popular public speaker, and his illustrated talk at the Poly is sure to be fascinating. He will demonstrate his techniques and discuss his experiences in his difficult and demanding art.

Date: Thursday 30 September

Time: 8pm

At: The Poly, Falmouth

Price: Tickets £5 (£4 members) Tickets may be bought at the Box Office between 10am and 5pm, Monday to Friday, or reserved by phone on 01326 319461. Credit card bookings should be available from mid September.