AS PART OF ITS longstanding commitment to promoting local arts, Pelham House Hotel in Lewes invites an artist every year to be the ‘Artist in Residence’ over the Easter weekend.
This year it has chosen local artist, Rupert Denyer.
Rupert was born and raised in Sussex. He studied Art and Design at Kingston University. He then moved to Florence in Italy to study painting at a classical atelier. After two years, he wanted to find his own way and returned home. Rupert has juggled design and painting for years, and has been fortunate enough to design a series of stamps for the Queen’s 80th Birthday.
He loves the hustle and bustle of everyday life and trying to capture the essence of a place. The risk of getting things wrong and putting it right is a bit of a thrill, he says, and working with constantly changing weather in England can be challenging, but it makes for many opportunities to grab interesting skies.
He works on canvases over three or four consecutive mornings or afternoons in the same weather conditions. Whatever the weather, whatever his mood he paints to see what happens.
Rupert always enjoys being interrupted by people for a quick chat. This makes him the perfect candidate for this year’s Easter Artist in Residence.
He will be working some new pieces inspired directly by Pelham House whether it be the guests, staff or the building itself. Come and see the artist at work and, who knows, if you keep still long enough perhaps you’ll end up in one of his paintings!
Rupert will be at Pelham House Hotel from 10am until 4pm on April 7, 8 and 9.
There will be a private viewing of the work Rupert has created over the weekend from 5pm to 7pm on Easter Bank Holiday Monday.