Tuesday, 10 October 2017

Boats, Beaches & Barns of Norfolk and Suffolk




The new book is out!
"Boats, Beaches & Barns of Norfolk and Suffolk"
with a delightful Foreword by Ed Balls
is available in many bookshops in Norfolk,
with distribution in Suffolk expected soon.

Initially, the book is being stocked by the following bookshops:
Jarrolds Department Store, Norwich
Jarrolds at The Forum, Norwich
City Bookshop, Davey Place, Norwich
The Bookhive, London Street, Norwich
The Holt Bookshop. Holt, North Norfolk
The Gallery Picturecraft, Holt, North Norfolk

The book is a fat 180-page tome, in a large, hardback format, and is priced at £30. 

Saturday, 2 September 2017

Forthcoming Exhibition

Just over one week to go before the exhibition at THE FORUM , Norwich,
Monday 11th - Saturday 16th September,
and the launch of the new book

BOATS, BEACHES & BARNS
OF Norfolk and Suffolk

with a Foreword by former
Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer Ed Balls

The exhibition, in the atrium of The Forum, will be available to view during normal opening hours. I will be present from approx. 10am - 5pm, to speak to visitors and sign copies of the book. 

Friday, 2 June 2017

Great Yarmouth Arts Festival 2017

"Lydia Eva" by Night
Watercolour 56 x 76cm
Another night-time view of the Lydia Eva, moored close to the Town Hall
at Great Yarmouth. This painting, along with the one shown below, will be
on display in Yarmouth's Minster from Saturday 3rd June - Sunday11th June,
10:30am - 4:30pm, as part of a display for the Great Yarmouth Arts Festival.

Monday, 27 March 2017

South Quay, Great Yarmouth

"Lydia Eva" Moored at South Quay
Watercolour 28 x 38cm
The Lydia Eva is a preserved steam drifter, the last remaining
example of the huge fleet that was based in Great Yarmouth.
In the port's fishing heyday, there could be as many as 1,000
vessels moored along and right across the river.

Brancaster Staithe Marsh

End of The Day, Brancaster Marsh
Watercolour 38 x 56cm

Thursday, 29 December 2016

Brancaster Staithe

The Blue Dinghy, Brancaster Staithe
Watercolour 56 x 76cm, 2016

I have been following the fortunes of the mussel boats (and their users!)
at Brancaster staithe for 10-15 years. Sadly, their numbers are gradually
declining, as they get older and beyond economical restoration.
This painting is one of my submissions for the annual exhibition of
the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours (R.I.) for 2017. The
exhibition will be at The Mall Galleries, London, opening on 6th April.

Tuesday, 27 December 2016

The Fisher Fleet, King's Lynn

The Fisher Fleet, King's Lynn
Watercolour 38 x 56cm
A few of the many prawn fishing boats based at King's Lynn.

Rowing Boats at Thorpeness

Tina, Eleanor, Sophie, and Clare
Watercolour 38 x 56cm
A few of the many hire boats on the lake
at Thorpeness, Suffolk.

LT 336 on Aldeburgh Beach

LT336 On Aldeburgh Beach
Watercolour 38 x 56cm

There are several wooden boats on Aldeburgh beach, but most of them are no longer
seaworthy. They are painted and maintained by Mr Alan Burrell, who is thus preserving
some of the town's heritage. There are one or two exceptions, such as the boat seen here,
which is still in regular use. This painting was shown in the R.I. annual exhibition in2015,
at The Mall Galleries, London, together with the Ibizan fishing boat shown lower down.

Wednesday, 21 December 2016

Brancaster Staithe Marsh

Abandoned Boat
Watercolour 38 x 56cm
This is one of the boats whose career I have followed over the last 10 years or more,
sadly now beyond repair...

Wednesday, 28 September 2016

Wooden Barn Series

Green Farm Barn, Saxtead
Watercolour 38 x 56cm
I found this timber barn close to a main road. The doors looked as though they might not have opened in a long time, but I decided I wanted to paint it with one door ajar, and have the shadow cast by it. I made a small card model to check on how the shadow would fall.

Wooden Barn Series

"Requires Slight Attention"
Thatched wooden barn near Wrentham, Suffolk
Watercolour 45 x 60cm

Barn Painting Series

Suffolk Thatched Barn
Watercolour 56 x 76cm

I came across this amazing thatched barn near Bungay some time ago, and took a few quick photos of it, making a mental note to return and photograph it from different angles and in different lights. When I returned one month later, it had gone! The site had been completely cleared; I could hardly believe my eyes... I painted this tribute to it.

Tuesday, 31 May 2016

Plein-Air Studies in Skiathos



Old Harbour Entrance, Skiathos
and View Over Skiathos Town 
Plein-air studies 23 x 31cm  (9" x 12")

Tuesday, 3 May 2016

The Houses of Parliament & The Thames


"Tattershall Castle" paddle steamer & the Houses of Parliament
Watercolour 28 x 38cm

Friday, 22 April 2016

Plein Air Studies at South Quay, Great Yarmouth

Diving Support Vessel & the Haven Bridge, Great Yarmouth
28 x 38cm (11" x 15")

Diving Support Vessel, Great Yarmouth
23 x 30cm (9" x 12")

The "Atlantic Carrier" Loading at South Quay
23 x 30cm (9" x 12")

These were painted on the spot in July 2015, when we were enjoying a lovely hot spell.
The ships are very colourful, and packed full of mysterious gear.


New York Studies


Chrysler Building & the Queensborough Bridge
28 x 38cm (11" x 15")


Looking NW - Bank of America & the Hudson River
13 x 18cm (5" x 7")


Friday, 4 September 2015

New Cityscapes



Top: Manhattan 2  56 x 76cm (22" x 30")
Above: Brooklyn and Verrazzano Narrows  56 x 76cm

I have been working for some months on a new series of paintings based on elevated views of large cities, following visits to a number of suitable locations in New York, London, and other large cities in the last couple of years. I have made a great effort to work in a looser way, in order to achieve a more contemporary feel.
Here are a few of the resulting works.



Top: St Paul's and the River 3  30 x 40cm (12" x 16")
Above: St Paul's and the River 6  36 x 51cm (14" x 20")


Brooklyn 1  56 x 76cm (22" x 30")



Wednesday, 27 May 2015

Parga, Greece





Here are four of eight small watercolours painted on location in Parga, north-west Greece.
All are 23 x 31cm (9" x 12")

Tuesday, 17 March 2015

Floodlit Tug and a Crescent Moon, Great Yarmouth


Floodlit Tug and a Crescent Moon
Watercolour 27 x 37cm image dimensions

The waterfront of Hall Quay and South Quay in Great Yarmouth is always exciting by night, 
with numerous ships lit up with floodlights, the atmosphere of travel, strange maritime hardware, 
and curious dockside silos and drilling equipment. The river always flows with a frightening power along here.

Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Steam Drifter Lydia Eva

The Lydia Eva by Night, Great Yarmouth  25 x 35cm

Lydia Eva is the last remaining steam drifter from Great Yarmouth's
huge fleet of fishing vessels. She is preserved by a Trust, and can
be visited. She is one of the stars of the Great Yarmouth Maritime
Festival each year.

Low Water at Wells Next-The-Sea


Low Water at Wells  56 x 76cm

Looking towards the quay from the mud at East End.  SOLD

Wednesday, 31 December 2014

Wells Quay By Night


Wells Quay, Night, Looking West 25 x 30cm (SOLD)
Commissioned as a companion piece to a painting
from ten years ago. The two-masted former Baltic trader Albatros
is seen moored against the quay, top centre.

Ibizan Fishing Boat


Under Cover on Ibiza 38 x 56cm

One of the many shapely small fishing craft on the island of Ibiza,
seen in October this year.

Friday, 8 August 2014

Forthcoming Exhibition

Major one-man show of Andrew Dibben's paintings at The Gallery, Picturecraft, in Lees Yard, Holt, North Norfolk, starting on Friday 29th August 2014.

The exhibition commemorates Andrew's 25 years as a full-time professional artist, and 45 years since enrolling at the then Norwich School of Art (now Norwich University of the Arts).

There will be two main themes in this exhibition: the small wooden working boats of the Norfolk and Suffolk coast, and the landscape of Kelling and Salthouse Heaths. These are both endangered subjects: wooden boats are fast disappearing from our coastline, while Norfolk has lost 90% of its heathland over the last 200 years. The British Isles hold the majority of Europe's heathland.

Here are a few of the paintings that will be on show:


Fishing Gear, Aldeburgh Lifeboat Station 38 x 56cm (Sold)

Hut No. 11, Aldeburgh  38 x 56cm

Refitting, Southwold  38 x 56cm

Four Ways, Kelling Heath  38 x 56cm (Sold)

Salthouse Heath, Autumn  56 x 76cm

Ravine, Kelling Heath  19 x 28cm

Firebreak Path, Kelling Heath, in the Snow  19 x 28cm (Sold)

Tuesday, 24 June 2014

North Norfolk Small Boats

Blue Crabber on Sheringham Beach  76 x 56cm

'Mollie-Florence' on Sheringham Beach 38 x 56cm
This boat can be found in The Mo museum in Sheringham;
I have transposed her onto the beach. (This picture sold)

The Hard and the Quay, Brancaster Staithe 56 x 76cm 
This is a present-day scene; these wooden craft are still in daily use.
(This picture sold)

The Yellow Mussel-Boat at Brancaster Staithe 38 x 56cm
(Sold)

More Crab and Mussel Boats

 'Ready to Launch' 76 x 56cm (sold)
An old wooden crab-boat on Sheringham beach. This is a reconstruction, since these boats are now almost non-existent.


'Sunny Day at Brancaster Staithe' 38 x 56cm (sold)