Dunbar artist in frame for major London exhibition

Artist Christopher Wood, who is exhibiting his work in the Sunday Times Watercolour Exhibition
Artist Christopher Wood, who is exhibiting his work in the Sunday Times Watercolour Exhibition

A Dunbar artist, used to choosing works for display in galleries has himself, been selected for the ‘Sunday Times’ Watercolour Exhibition 2013.

Christopher Wood (52) impressed the judging panel with his small seascape ‘Sea Lines’ which will go on show at the Mall Galleries, London, from September 16 to 21.

The final exhibition of 83 works by 79 artists was whittled down from almost 800 entries. Judges included; artists Julia Farrer and Danny Markey; Dr Susan Owens, Curator of Painting, Victoria and Albert Museum; and Desmond Shawe-Taylor, Surveyor of the Queen’s Pictures. The winner will receive a prize of £10,000.

Mr Wood, who works out of a studio at his home at Port Lodge in the High Street, said: “I’m delighted to have been selected. It is a very prestigious exhibition and not easy to get into.”

A graduate of Edinburgh College of Art in 1984, he held his first solo exhibition in Edinburgh three years later. His landscape and seascape-based work, in different textures, is abstract.

A member of the Royal Scottish Society of Painters in Watercolour, he is a former president and vice-president of the Society of Scottish Artists. He has been a member of the selection, and hanging and arranging committees of most of the SSA annual exhibitions held in the Royal Scottish Academy over the last decade.

The recipient of several accolades already, including The Sir William Gillies Award, Mr Wood has work in the collection of Prince Charles, Duke of Rothesay.