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Keith's painted cow

POLEGATE artist Keith Wallace has completed his most unusual commission to date painting a life-size glassfibre cow in the style of a famous 17th Century Dutch artist.

POLEGATE artist Keith Wallace has completed his most unusual commission to date painting a life-size glassfibre cow in the style of a famous 17th Century Dutch artist.

Keith, the artist in residence at the English Wine Centre at Alfriston, won a commission to paint the cow by the sponsors of the Aelbert Cuyp exhibition at the National Gallery.

His cow, named Aelberta Cowp, will be the forerunner of the CowParade open-air art exhibition in London. From June to September, hundreds of painted cows will be on show all over the capital. Until then, Aelberta will be on the lawn outside the National Gallery.

Digital printing company Oc , which is sponsoring the Aelbert Cuyp exhibition, commissioned Keith to paint Aelberta. His brief was to paint the bovine in the style of the famous Dutch landscape painter who was famous for painting cows and skies.

Keith said the life-size cow was too big to fit into his Chestnut Drive studio, so the ghostly-white Aelberta was delivered to the English Wine Centre. Keith then got to work in the centre's Walton's Oak Barn, which also dates back to the 17th Century.

'I felt the 17th Century setting would help me transfer images from mind to cow more faithfully,' said Keith who is a founder member of the professional arts group The Artists of the Weald.

'I was very excited to have been awarded the commission by Oc and immersed myself in Cuyp and cows during the 10 days it took to complete the project. I only trust that my efforts will be up to everyone's expectations and dare to hope that even the great 17th Century master himself would not have been displeased by Aelberta's appearance.'

Mike Cornish, managing director of Oc (UK) Ltd, said: 'We originally commissioned designs from three artists, and each came back with interesting ideas. It was a difficult choice to make, but Keith's designs were considered to be the most appropriate for our needs. We are delighted with the outcome.'

l Pictured: Keith and Oc e corporate communications manager Tessa Singleton with Aelberta

 
 
 

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