Sporting art in focus at Stoneleigh

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Art by Martin Ridley

If you’re a follower of the works of Ian Greensitt, Rodger McPhail, Martin Ridley and their contemporaries in sporting art, you can’t afford to miss the UK Game Fair.

Among the fair’s most recent announcements is the Sporting Art gallery, which will see works from leading British fieldsports and nature artists exhibited together. An extensive exhibition area will include original works from the country’s most famed sporting and wildlife artists including Martin Ridley, Ian Greensitt, John Trickett and members of the Red Spot Artists’ Group. Visitors can expect to see all forms of artistic media, including watercolour, oil, illustration and sculpture – and both originals and prints will be available for purchase. There will also be Meet The Artist sessions during the fair, allowing visitors to discover what inspires these exceptionally talented individuals.

Red Spot Artists member Owen Williams said: “I have sold my sporting watercolours at the CLA Game Fair for over 30 years, so like many of my fellow artists, I was shocked to learn that the CLA no longer planned to run this unique and much loved event. The game fair was not only an opportunity for me to show my latest work, but also to meet up with many friends and customers and participate in an event that celebrates country sports.

“I am pleased that the organisers of the UK Game Fair have recognised the importance of sporting art. I’m delighted to be exhibiting my paintings and bronzes in The Sporting Art Gallery and look forward to meeting many of my customers and friends there.”

Martin Ridley, one of the UK’s best known wildlife artists, said: “After the CLA cancellation caused disarray, you can now return to your calendar and mark up the UK Game Fair dates for sporting art.

“The organisers have seized the initiative by launching a Sporting Art Gallery. The exhibit will bring together many of the well known sporting art names as well as promoting new talent deserving of a larger following. A dedicated exhibition space where the organisers have a personal interest in the genre is going to be well worth a visit.”

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