'Venice - figures on a bridge'
by Alan Cotton Born 1938
Pastel on paper, 8 x 5 inches, signed.
This enchanting small pastel study captures one of the more intimate 'back street' canals in Venice, water covered in shadows and the buildings above catching the light, beautifully simple and subtle.
Painter, teacher and writer, Alan Cotton was from Worcestershire, he studied at the Birmingham College of Art and, after three years in the painting school there, completed his training at Birmingham University. In late-1970s he became a research fellow at University of Exeter, and for some years was senior lecturer in charge of painting and art history at Rolle College, Exmouth, resigning in 1982 to paint full-time. Cotton worked for the Open University, wrote articles for art magazines. He showed with RBA, RWA, at Stroud and Sidmouth Festivals and had several dozen exhibitions, including City of Plymouth Art Gallery, City of Exeter Art Gallery and elsewhere throughout the west of England.