By Anton Dolders, Regional Chair of Arts at Macmillan Cancer Support
Walter Fairclough is a regular demonstrator of artistic skill at fundraising events taking place outside Cambridge Walks Gallery on Saturday afternoons in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support. At the tender age of eighty two, he has been painting since 1970 and has certainly achieved the status of Old Master. From Liverpool and originally working in compliance with traditional land and seascape painting techniques, Walter started to experiment with a more flamboyant abstract style approximately ten years ago which interestingly enough, is when he moved to Southport.
Walter’s influences include the Impressionist and Modern Art Movements. His work incorporates a combination of techniques including application of paint with a brush and a more haphazard style involving paint launched from a distance. The result: both random and directional forms containing a multitude of streaky colours. His work is extremely popular and brings a buzz to any exhibition of which it is a part.
His next appearance in Cambridge Walks will be on Saturday 24th October. Cambridge Walks is easily accessible from Eastbank Street; Chapel Street or through the rear entrance to The Atkinson on Lord Street. Art For Macmillan’s gallery there is open from Tuesday to Saturday 10.30am – 5.15pm and on Sundays 11am – 5pm. For full details regarding Art For Macmillan Cancer Support’s exhibitions and events look online: www.artformacmillancancersupport.co.uk.
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