East Devon Art Academy in Sidmouth hosts solo exhibition by local painter

Sunny Sidmouth, painted by local artist Neil Hampson

Sunny Sidmouth, painted by local artist Neil Hampson - Credit: Contributed

Artist is inspired by local scenery and wildlife

An exhibition of paintings by the Sidmouth artist Neil Hampson is on display at the East Devon Art Academy in Old Fore Street from Saturday, July 14-22.

The collection of oil paintings and prints is called Coast and Country and depicts local landscapes and bird life.

Neil will also have a range of leather jewellery on display.

He began oil painting as a hobby while living in Greece and is completely self-taught, having enjoyed drawing since he was a child. On returning to England in March 2011 he began painting full-time, with East Devon’s natural flora and fauna becoming the main influence on his work. He is often seen on Sidmouth sea front with his easel, capturing the changing cliff face. Neil also makes sea-themed artworks out of driftwood.

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The event in Sidmouth is Neil’s sixth annual solo exhibition.The East Devon Art Academy offers weekly classes for painters at all levels and also holds regular art shows.

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