Exhibitions bring two of Britain’s most famous artists to Diss
PUBLISHED: 09:55 03 September 2019 | UPDATED: 09:55 03 September 2019
Diss Corn Hall
Two Britain’s most celebrated artists will feature in exhibitions at Diss Corn Hall this autumn.
Norman Ackroyd, one of Britain's foremost landscape artists, returns for his third solo exhibition in Diss this month, while screenprints by Bridget Riley, whose name is synonymous with the Swinging Sixties, will be on show from November.
World-renowned printmaker Norman Ackroyd, the son of a Leeds butcher, has won global acclaim for his atmospheric monochrome etchings of the British landscape.
The celebrated Royal Academician's skill at evoking through the mastery of his chosen medium, aquatint, the atmosphere of place - crags, water and weather - will be on display in the Diss show, entitled 'Fragments: landscape, poetry, music'.
Each year Ackroyd produces a portfolio of etchings, usually focused on a particular area of the British Isles.
His prints, inspired by the breathtaking coast and islands of the Shetland Archipelago, resonate with the ominous power of the water and weather.
In 2018 he revisited some familiar places and themes which he has linked with favourite pieces of music and poetry. This series features in the exhibition, running from September 6 to November 16, along with his etchings of the North Norfolk Coast, 'Brancaster Roads', and a group of new prints.
Curator Jessica Vincent said: "Norman Ackroyd is one of the few artists who enjoy a respected position in the art world, but whose work strikes a chord with the public, and for collectors remains very affordable. "
The artist himself will be at the gallery on September 14 from 11am for a special event followed by an illustrated question and answer session about his work at 2pm in the Auditorium. Tickets are free.
The exhibition of Bridget Riley, which runs from November 18-29, will feature screenprints ranging from 1962 to 2010 including images that made her name.
The unsettling visual impact of her abstract art that employed optical illusions led to her becoming an international star in a few short years in the 1960s.
Curator David Case said: "She only made a few black and white screenprints which were early in her career and we are privileged in being able to show a selection of these, including her most famous image 'Movement in Squares', alongside her colour prints from later decades."