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Alan Noyes Success in Major National Art Exhibition

Cambridge Drawing Society member Alan Noyes has been selected from over 1,000 entries to appear alongside artworks by some of Britain’s leading watercolour artists. The Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours 208th Exhibition will be on display at Mall Galleries from 2 to 17 April.


Alan was born in Ipswich, Suffolk in 1942. He was granted a scholarship in art at Northgate Grammar School and was fortunate to receive training under Colin Moss at the Ipswich School of Art.

He qualified as an architect and now retired, paints full time in his studio in Chedburgh, Suffolk.

He is a member of the Society of East Anglian Watercolourists and of the Cambridge Drawing Society.

He has been painting all his life but since retirement, is now able to devote his time to his love of watercolour.

Alan has successfully exhibited at the Dockyard Gallery Bermuda where he held the position of Artist in Residence with The Bermuda Masterworks Foundation. He spent three months working and painting on the island, culminating in a very successful one man exhibition and the offer of a return visit.

this oneIn 2016 and again this year, 2020, Alan had work accepted and exhibited in the Open Exhibition of the Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours at the Mall Galleries London.

He paints a variety of subjects, predominantly in watercolour, using a very wet-in-wet technique and enjoys pursuing detail in an overall loose style. He also carries out commissions and runs art classes and workshops.

Works by Alan are held in The Bermuda Masterworks Permanent Collection, in Bermuda Windjammer Gallery and in private collections in Bermuda, the UK and in North America.

The Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours 208th show is the largest exhibition of its kind in the world, showcasing over 400 of the very best in contemporary water-based media paintings from its members and selected artists from around the globe. Since its founding in 1831, the RI has become universally recognized as one of the leading art institutes.

Clare O’Brien, CEO of the Federation of British Artists at Mall Galleries, says: “The variety is astonishing, from photo-realism through impressionism to abstraction, the paint applied with a light and delicate touch or a thick and heavy impasto application that one doesn’t expect from watercolour. Subjects range from the landscapes of gently rolling hills one expects to see depicted by watercolourists, through architecture and city scenes, still life works, abstract celebrations of colour, to meditations on the climate crisis. This exhibition is an annual survey of how contemporary artists are using this age-old medium and a great place to pick up vibrant, original works with prices starting from £350.”