Saturday 18th May – Saturday 10th August
An exhibition of paintings from the museum collection.
Cecil ‘Kip’ Combes (1924-2013) was born in Great Yarmouth in 1923 and attended the Great Yarmouth College of Art in his youth. He was evacuated to Retford with his family during the early stages of World War II, and apart from a period living in Manchester remained in the town for the rest of his life.
Being originally from Norfolk his work is very much influenced by the Norwich School of Painters and the English landscape watercolour tradition. Artists such as J.M.W. Turner, Thomas Girtin and John Sell Cotman were his favourites. This can be seen in the atmospheric moody watercolour and oil renderings of his much loved local landscape.
Richard Combes is a highly respected New York based artist who has exhibited internationally and has work in major private collections worldwide.
He was born in Manchester in 1963 and brought up in Retford in his youth. Initially he pursued a career in architecture and studied the subject at the University of Liverpool. However a decision to change career saw him move to the USA and study for a Master’s degree in Fine Art at the New York Academy of Art.
Combes’ interest in architecture comes through in his work, via a meticulous rendering and dramatic use of perspective and colour. He explores the relationship between architectural space and the human form in a way that evokes the work of the American artist Edward Hopper. Everyday spaces and objects are transformed into extraordinary images that are both absorbing and haunting.
Images: ‘My Father Kip’ by Richard Combes, ‘Street Scene’ by Richard Combes and ‘Lake District Scene’ by Kip Combes