M1 Fine Art presents a stunning collection of works by one of the country’s foremost authorities on oil and watercolour painting. Wherever Hazel Soan goes, her sketch book goes with her. Always travelling light and with one aim in mind (to capture the beauty of the world around her) she focusses on how reflections and shadows play with her subject of the moment, before moving onto the next painting location. In ‘Travelling Light’, Soan presents an incredible 80 works of art for display, all created over the last 18 months whilst exploring both familiar and new locations around the globe. Join us for this whirlwind tour of our beautiful planet, through the eyes of one of the UK’s most recognised and celebrated artists.
When London’s National Portrait Gallery started acquiring work by Hazel Soan, it was seen as an official endorsement of her skill and recognition of her life in art. Other collectors include Hilton Hotels, BBC Television, BP and Royal Caribbean, however her core group of collectors remains to this day to be private individuals.
Born in 1954 and having trained at Camberwell College of Arts, followed by Leicester College of Art, Soan has an exceptional history of successful exhibitions both in the UK and abroad in countries as widespread as Japan, Venezuela and Zimbabwe.
A familiar face on television, she is best-known for her role as an Art Expert on Channel 4’s popular daytime television programme Watercolour Challenge and for her two series’ of Splash of Colour, made by Anglia TV. She is also the author of numerous highly regarded art tutorial books, published by Pavillion and Harper Collins.
A born adventurer, Hazel took her pilot licence in order to be able to fly a single engine aircraft to remoter parts of the world she wishes to paint. She has also sailed from inspirational location to inspirational location and adores exploring challenging terrain in her Jeep. Of course wherever she goes, her sketch book goes too, acting as a diary of her travels.
Exhibition Runs from Friday April 28th – Sunday May 21st.
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