Nicola Moorby - As If By Magic: The Secrets of Turner's Watercolour Techniques
In association with Horsham Museum & Art Gallery
Funds raised will support the Friends of Horsham Museum & Art Gallery’s Watercolour Collection
J.M.W. Turner was arguably the greatest practitioner in watercolour the world has ever seen and his achievements still represent the benchmark for artists working today. Yet he left frustratingly few written records of his processes and was notoriously reticent about his methods. One brave soul apparently once asked him the key to being a successful artist and it is recorded that he rather grumpily replied ‘The only secret I have is damned hard work’! This lecture examines Turner’s watercolour practice in detail, unlocking the mysteries behind his exceptional effects. In addition to showcasing the diversity and richness of his achievements in the medium, we will look at his experimental approach to techniques and some of his tools and materials.
Tickets are priced at £10 to include a welcome drink. Reception from 7pm prior to talk commencing at 7.45pm.
Nicola Moorby is an independent art historian specialising in British art of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. She has a BA from the University of York and an MA from Birkbeck College, London. Formerly a curator and researcher at Tate Britain she curated or co-curated a number of Tate exhibitions including Turner and the Sea (2005-6), Colour and Line: Turner’s Experiments (2008-present), Romantics (2011) and Watercolour (2011). She is co-editor and author of How to Paint Like Turner (Tate Publishing, 2010) and is currently part of the team preparing the Tate’s new online catalogue of the Turner Bequest. In addition to Turner she has previously published on Walter Richard Sickert and is co-author of the Tate catalogue of works by the Camden Town Group. She is an experienced lecturer and is NADFAS accredited.