The Italian Job: A Painting Commission in Calabria
Richard Whincop is a fulltime professional artist executing large-scale public commissions and exhibiting widely in the UK. This lecture gives us a fascinating insight into a major figurative art commission that he painted for the city of Cosenza, in Southern Italy where he stayed for two months in 2015, painting five pictures telling the story of the Normans in Southern Italy. After outlining the reasons for the commission, he will describe the paintings he executed, the process of designing and painting them and the historical background to the scenes and the characters that featured.
The lecturer will also talk about the other artists he worked with; the Calabrian way of doing things and the difficulties – including the theft of a painting – that had to be overcome to complete this project!
About the Lecturer
Richard Whincop is a professional artist who graduated in English and Art History from York University in 1986. From 1988-1994 he lectured at the adult education departments of Glasgow and Strathclyde Universities, and then went on to become a full-time figurative artist, executing large-scale public commissions, and exhibiting widely throughout the UK. He now lives and works in Chichester, West Sussex.