Local art enthusiasts will have the opportunity to meet an acclaimed artist this weekend, when landscape painter, Lawrence Coulson, will be making an appearance in Nottingham.

The artist will be showcasing his new collection A Darker Light at Castle Fine Art  in the Exchange Arcade on Saturday 4th November, from 1-3pm.

Visitors will have the unique opportunity to see him paint live as well as learn about the ideas and inspiration behind his latest works.

Coulson is best known for his oil paintings which bring dramatic open spaces and skylines to life. He takes particular influence from his local landscape near the Cambridgeshire Fens and names 19th century Romantic painters, J.M.W Turner and Frederic Edwin Church, as guiding influences, along with his father, celebrated artist Gerald Coulson.

The artist began working on A Darker Light following a visit to the Affordable Art Fair which left him feeling inspired by the quality of work and techniques used by other landscape artists. He has paid particular attention to the use of colour in the collection by opting to use a stronger more powerful palette.

A self-confessed Gary Numan fan, Coulson borrowed the name A Darker Light from a live EP of Gary’s that he spotted in his studio whilst waiting for paintings to dry.  The name immediately resonated with him and he felt it would perfectly epitomise the focus on light in the body of work.

Coulson signed to Washington Green, the UK’s leading fine art publisher, in 1999 and has gone on to become the company’s longest serving artist.

Speaking about A Darker Light, he said: “I have tried to keep a consistency with the subject matter to create a sense of harmony within the collection.

“I wanted my work to become more about contrast, lighter and darker tones, uplifting and reflective moods, as well as moments of hope and optimism amongst a threatening atmosphere. I feel A Darker Light captures this perfectly.’’

Stephen Clarke, gallery manager at Castle Fine Art, Nottingham  – Washington Green’s nationwide network of high street galleries – said: ‘’It is an honour to have Lawrence showcase his latest collection at our gallery.

“Over the last 18 years he has created work that captures and does justice to the bounteous natural landscapes we have in Great Britain. The opportunity to see him paint live is one not to be missed.”

Visitors wishing to attend the event and meet the artist should contact the team at Castle Fine Art, Nottingham to be added to the guest list:

nottingham@castlefineart.com / 0115 958 3883