Woodbridge: Artist Andy Wright exhibits whimsical work at library

A SUFFOLK artist is inviting library users to journey from the “sublime to the ridiculous”, via faithful scenic landscapes and absurd mechanical creations.

Andy Wright, from Woodbridge, is taking over the town library’s wall space for the next month, exhibiting his eclectic collection of imaginative work.

As the title suggests, the S2R (Sublime to Ridiculous) Exhibition showcases everything from marine paintings, intricate machines and saxophonist fish.

Mr Wright developed his varied talents as a youngster with a love of drawing. He worked on his craft and, since retiring from the RAF in 2003, has been particularly busy, not only with his painting but also his pottery, which can be similarly described as ranging from conventional to the bizarre.

A fertile imagination and engineering background come to the fore in his outlandish mechanical designs, defined by the artist as “ridiculous creations of highly improbable, yet somewhat possible contraptions, adorned with elaborate and positively useless accessories, reminiscent of Rowland Emett and Heath Robinson”. Mr Wright added: “These are definitely fun paintings and require more than one look to see and appreciate all that goes into them. Although each machine is painted on plain paper somehow they give an impression of motion albeit in the air, through the water or across the surface of the earth.”

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While living in Scotland for 12 years, Mr Wright started to concentrate on coastal and seascape scenes, which have formed a major part of his work since living in Woodbridge. A keen sailor, Mr Wright has added paintings of old boats, dinghies, smacks and sailing barges to his many subjects, and has produced several aircraft pictures including the Buccaneer, Lightning and the classic Spitfire.

The S2R exhibition runs throughout August and all work is available to buy. There will be no pottery on display at the library, however there will be some available at The Woodbridge Art Club, adjacent to the Woodbridge Tide Mill that has recently completed a major refurbishment. The Art Club’s exhibition is open weekends and public holidays from 10am to 6pm until mid September.

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